You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Cate Blanchett to head Dubai jury

Award for projects by Arab helmers worth $100,000

ROME — Cate Blanchett will head the jury of the Dubai Film Festival’s new IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award for projects by Arab helmers, worth $100,000.

Feature-length projects competing for the generous nod are: “Nothing Doing in Baghdad” by Maysoon Pachachi; “The Sleeping Tree,” by Mohammed Rashed Buali; “Girls in the Know,” by Abdullah Al Kaabi; and “From A to B” by Ali F. Mostafa. The purpose of the cash prize is to help the winner get his vision onto the bigscreen.

The shortlist was selected from hundreds of submissions by new and established helmers from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.

Joining Blanchett on the jury panel of this key Dubai nod will be the fest’s artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali, former Locarno fest topper Olivier Pere, who is now general director of Paris-based Arte France Cinema, and Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.

Ninth edition of Dubai will run Dec. 9-16.

More Film

  • avengers infinity war

    'Avengers: Infinity War' Heads to Monster $225+ Million Opening Weekend

    ROME — Cate Blanchett will head the jury of the Dubai Film Festival’s new IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award for projects by Arab helmers, worth $100,000. Feature-length projects competing for the generous nod are: “Nothing Doing in Baghdad” by Maysoon Pachachi; “The Sleeping Tree,” by Mohammed Rashed Buali; “Girls in the Know,” by Abdullah Al Kaabi; […]

  • Denis O'Hare29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards,

    Film News Roundup: Denis O'Hare, John Early Join Mindy Kaling's Comedy 'Late Night'

    ROME — Cate Blanchett will head the jury of the Dubai Film Festival’s new IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award for projects by Arab helmers, worth $100,000. Feature-length projects competing for the generous nod are: “Nothing Doing in Baghdad” by Maysoon Pachachi; “The Sleeping Tree,” by Mohammed Rashed Buali; “Girls in the Know,” by Abdullah Al Kaabi; […]

  • Oscars Placeholder

    Oscars: Academy Makes Key Changes in Documentary, Music and VFX Categories

    ROME — Cate Blanchett will head the jury of the Dubai Film Festival’s new IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award for projects by Arab helmers, worth $100,000. Feature-length projects competing for the generous nod are: “Nothing Doing in Baghdad” by Maysoon Pachachi; “The Sleeping Tree,” by Mohammed Rashed Buali; “Girls in the Know,” by Abdullah Al Kaabi; […]

  • Benicio Del Toro'Sicario: Day of the

    Benicio Del Toro Teases 'Sicario' Sequel, Talks 'Avengers: Infinity War'

    ROME — Cate Blanchett will head the jury of the Dubai Film Festival’s new IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award for projects by Arab helmers, worth $100,000. Feature-length projects competing for the generous nod are: “Nothing Doing in Baghdad” by Maysoon Pachachi; “The Sleeping Tree,” by Mohammed Rashed Buali; “Girls in the Know,” by Abdullah Al Kaabi; […]

  • avengers infinity war

    Film Review: 'Avengers: Infinity War'

    ROME — Cate Blanchett will head the jury of the Dubai Film Festival’s new IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award for projects by Arab helmers, worth $100,000. Feature-length projects competing for the generous nod are: “Nothing Doing in Baghdad” by Maysoon Pachachi; “The Sleeping Tree,” by Mohammed Rashed Buali; “Girls in the Know,” by Abdullah Al Kaabi; […]

  • Samuel L. Jackson's Frozone Saves the

    'Incredibles 2': Samuel L. Jackson's Frozone Saves the Day in CinemaCon Footage

    ROME — Cate Blanchett will head the jury of the Dubai Film Festival’s new IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award for projects by Arab helmers, worth $100,000. Feature-length projects competing for the generous nod are: “Nothing Doing in Baghdad” by Maysoon Pachachi; “The Sleeping Tree,” by Mohammed Rashed Buali; “Girls in the Know,” by Abdullah Al Kaabi; […]

  • solo a star wars story

    'Solo: A Star Wars Story' CinemaCon Footage Shows Han Meeting Lando

    ROME — Cate Blanchett will head the jury of the Dubai Film Festival’s new IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award for projects by Arab helmers, worth $100,000. Feature-length projects competing for the generous nod are: “Nothing Doing in Baghdad” by Maysoon Pachachi; “The Sleeping Tree,” by Mohammed Rashed Buali; “Girls in the Know,” by Abdullah Al Kaabi; […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content