As ‘Supported by’ sponsor and Official ‘Festival-Time’ Partner, luxury Swiss watch manufacturer, IWC Schaffhausen, hosted the fourth IWC Filmmaker Award over the weekend at Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) 2015, which opened on December 9th and runs until December 16th.
This year, the award was presented to Layla Kaylif, who won the esteemed award for her film “The Letter Writer”. The award was presented by IWC brand ambassador Dev Patel at the One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai.
Aspiring Emirati director Layla Kaylif is the founder of the
Dubai-based film production company Canopus Films. Her winning film, 'The Letter Writer', is a romantic drama that tells a story of deception and lies as a young boy, Khalifa, uses his skills as a professional letter writer for personal gain at the expense of his trusting customers.
One such customer is Mr Mohamed, the owner of a drapery shop, whom Khalifa befriends and assists in corresponding with his secret love, Elli. However, when Khalifa catches a glimpse of Elli for the first time, he is instantly smitten and begins a secret and forbidden pursuit of Elli’s affections behind Mr Mohamed’s back.
For the fourth consecutive year, IWC Schaffhausen collaborated with DIFF to grant one talented filmmaker from the region the award. This year’s winning project was selected from three shortlisted scripts, which were evaluated by a jury comprising film industry experts from the region along with IWC CEO Georges Kern and DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma.
Accompanying them on the jury was DIFF's artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali. The jury was headed by Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad and Tunisian actress Hend Sabry.
As the winner of the prize, Layla Kaylif was presented with a US $100,000 prize, along with an IWC timepiece.