Actress Olga Kurylenko presented the fifth IWC Filmmaker Award to Abdullah Hassan Ahmed from the United Arab Emirates for his project “Sunrise” at the Dubai International Film Festival. The winner also received a grant of USD 100,000 for his project and an exclusive Portugieser Automatic (Ref. IW500704) from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer at the 13th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
“Every year, we receive a diversity of excellent submissions for the IWC Filmmaker Award, and this year was no different. As always, it is our pleasure to support and encourage talented filmmakers from the region in order for them to unleash their creativity and skill with their projects,” comments Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.
Emirati director Abdullah Hassan Ahmed returns to the Dubai International Film Festival this year after being awarded the Best Script prize at DIFF 2006. “Sunrise” tells the story of a worried father who receives tragic news about his son, who is fighting in a distant war. With a pregnant wife to take care of, he is unsure how to deliver the news without causing too much anguish. The two other projects shortlisted for the Filmmaker Award are “Salem” by Arabic director Nujoom Alghanem and “The Search for the Star Pearl” by Qatari director Hafiz Ali Ali.
Image: DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 08: Ali Suliman, Actor (L), Abdullah Hassan Ahmed, Director (C), Olga Kurylenko , Actress and model (R) attends the fifth IWC Filmmaker Award gala dinner at the 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), during which Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen celebrated its long-standing passion for filmmaking at One And Only Royal Mirage on December 8, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)