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Cate Blanchett to head jury panel at Diff 2017

The Australian actress and director join the IWC Award team once again

Cate Blanchett will once again take part in the IWC Jury panel for this year's Dubai International Film Festival. AP
Cate Blanchett will once again take part in the IWC Jury panel for this year's Dubai International Film Festival. AP

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.

Cate Blanchett was involved with Diff back in 2013 when she presented Waleed Al Shehhi his award alongside Georges Kern and Diff Chairman Abdulhamid Juma. Getty Images
Cate Blanchett was involved with Diff back in 2013 when she presented Waleed Al Shehhi his award alongside Georges Kern and Diff Chairman Abdulhamid Juma. Getty Images

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.

For more on Diff go to www.dubaifilmfest.com

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