British actress Emily Blunt will be joining the jury for the third annual IWC Filmmaker Award at this year's Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
Blunt, who burst into the limelight in 2006 in “The Devil Wears Prada”, has also played leading roles in Hollywood hits including “The Adjustment Bureau” with Matt Damon and “Edge of Tomorrow” with Tom Cruise, while her upcoming musical fantasy “Into the Woods” is scheduled for release in December.
The award will be presented to the winning filmmaker at a star-studded gala on December 11 during the 11th edition of DIFF.
The IWC Filmmaker Award, launched in 2012 as a collaboration between IWC Schaffhausen and DIFF, offers a cash prize of $100,000 to help a talented filmmaker from the Middle East transfer his or her vision from script to screen.
This year’s winning project will be selected from three shortlisted scripts, which will be assessed by the jury of international film industry experts.
Blunt said: “I’m truly excited about visiting Dubai, and it’s a great honour for me to be a part of the IWC Filmmaker Award jury and support a valuable initiative that promotes the art of film in the Gulf.
"It will be fascinating to see the scripts and discover forthcoming films that will undoubtedly touch the hearts and minds of audiences in the region and internationally.”
DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma added: “The growth in the number and quality of submissions is evident year on year, both from established filmmakers and exciting emerging talent.”
During the 10th edition of DIFF, the award was presented to Emirati director Waleed Al Shehhi for his work “Dolphins”, written by UAE author and poet Ahmed Salmeen.