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Blanchett Heads Dubai Fest Filmmaker Award Jury; Awards $100K to Arabian Peninsula Filmmaker Projects

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 6, 2012 at 12:30PM

Cate Blanchett will head the jury for the IWC Shaffhausen International Filmmaker Award at the Dubai International Film Festival (December 9-16). The shortlist for the award includes four feature-length projects from established or up-and-coming filmmakers in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.
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Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett will head the jury for the IWC Shaffhausen International Filmmaker Award at the Dubai International Film Festival (December 9-16). The shortlist for the award includes four feature-length projects from established or up-and-coming filmmakers in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.

The four shortlisted film projects are "Nothing Doing in Baghdad" by Maysoon Pachachi, "The Sleeping Tree" by Mohammed Rashed Bulali, "Girls in the Know" by Abdullah Al Kaabi and "From A to B" by Ali F. Mostafa. The winner will be announced on December 9, and will receive an impressive cash prize of $100K to help finance and transfer the winning filmmaker's vision to the screen.

IWC Schaffhausen CEO Georges Kern, DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Jula, DIFF artistic director Masoud Amralla and Arte-France Cinema general director Olivier Pere join Blanchett on the award jury.

This article is related to: Festivals, Dubai International Film Festival, Cate Blanchett, Festivals


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.