Magazine article Screen International

DIFF Unveils Shortlist for IWC Filmmaker Award

Magazine article Screen International

DIFF Unveils Shortlist for IWC Filmmaker Award

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A partnership between DIFF and IWC Schaffhausen, the IWC Filmmaker Award is designed to help Gulf filmmakers get their projects from script to screen. The winner receives a cash prize of $100,000.

Among this year's shortlisted projects, Sahaab, from Khalifa Al Muraikhi (Threads Beneath The Sands), tells the tale of aspiring falconers preparing to take part in a race.

After premiering her short film Eye & Mermaid at DIFF in 2013, Shahad Ameen returns to the festival with her project Scales, a fantasy feature that follows the story of a pre-adolescent teen faced with fulfilling her destiny as a hunted, yet free, mermaid.

Layla Kaylif's The Letter Writer is a romantic drama which tells a story of deception and lies as a young boy uses his skills as a professional letter writer for personal gain at the expense of his trusting customers. …

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