Hollywood actress and director Cate Blanchett is set to return to the Dubai International Film Festival to head up the IWC Filmmakers Jury for the sixth IWC Filmmaker Award.
The coveted award gives cinematic talent from the region a chance to bring their projects to the silver screen.
It will be presented during this year's Diff, which is scheduled to take place from December 6-13.
Marking her third appearance on the Diff red carpet, and having already chaired the IWC jury in 2013, Blanchett joins the panel that will select a winning project from the shortlisted entries.
A US$100,000 cash prize will be awarded to one feature-length film project in development to help the winning filmmaker bring their idea to fruition.
Previous years have seen winning scripts from Emirati directors Abdullah Hassan Ahmed and Layla Kaylif, Kuwaiti director Abdullah Boushahri and British-Iraqi director Maysoon Pachachi.
“Each year, the bar is set higher by the scripts we receive for the IWC Filmmaker Award and our expert jury members have tough decisions to make," says DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma.
"We are privileged to welcome back an icon of the silver screen to Dubai to lend her insight to the distinguished jury and inspire emerging talent from the reggion."
Two-time Oscar winner Blanchett has featured in hits including The Aviator, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, all three The Lord of the Rings films, Carol and Blue Jasmine.
The Australian actress has broken multiple Academy Awards records, including being the only actress in history to be nominated more than once for the same role, having played Elizabeth I in both Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), and the first person to win an Oscar for portraying another Oscar winner for her performance as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator.
The IWC Filmmaker Award will be presented to the winning filmmaker at a star-studded gala on December 7.
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