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.