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Canadian producer Jake Eberts
Canadian producer Jake Eberts

Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2013: Documentary prize named after Oscar-winning producer Jake Eberts


Abu Dhabi Film Festival has renamed its documentary prize in honour of the producer behind such blockbuster hits as Chariots of Fire, Ghandi, Driving Miss Daisy and Dances With Wolves.

Canadian Jake Eberts died last September after producing a string of successful movies that won 37 Oscars over the years, including four Best Picture awards.

This year, Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) has announced its documentary prize will be known as the Jake Eberts Black Pearl Award for Best Documentary.

The National Geographic Channel, Abu Dhabi’s film investment fund, Imagenation, and the multi-million dollar deal with Participant Films all benefited from his contribution.

He played an important role in the making of the hit Abu Dhabi-produced films Contagion and The Help. Also, his acclaimed documentary ‘Journey to Mecca’ debuted in Abu Dhabi in 2009 with a three-night gala screening IMAX theatre built especially for the purpose.

Ali Al Jabri, director of ADFF, said: "Jake Eberts was involved in some of the most successful films of all time, consistently producing work that engaged your mind and touched your heart.

"He became a great friend of Abu Dhabi and our film industry is fortunate to have been enriched by his influence. This award will be an annual reminder of the film projects in which he was involved, which have been enjoyed by so many.”

To further honour Eberts' legacy, a new screening room based at twofour54 intaj, the media production arm of twofour54, will be named after him.

The room will be part of the upgraded twofour54 post-production facilities to be completed early next year.