Saudi And Emirati Female Directors Shortlisted For DIFF 2015 Award

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Nov 3 2015 / 15:30 PM

The annual Dubai Film Festival celebrates the best regional talent, this year highlighting two female names for its revered IWC Filmmaker Award

Saudi And Emirati Female Directors Shortlisted For DIFF 2015 Award
'Scales' by Shahad Ameen follows her 2013 title 'Eye & Mermaid', about a fisherman and his daughter (pictured)

With decidedly glamorous gloss, and in continuation of its support of the Arab film industry, Swiss luxury watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen pays homage to two Gulf female film directors this year, with nominations for its 4th annual IWC Filmmaker Award at the 12th Dubai International Film Festival being held next month.
Having premiered her short film Eye & Mermaid in 2013, Saudi director Shahad Ameen returns to DIFF with her feature film, Scales, a fantasy drama about Hayat, a 13-year-old girl on a quest to fulfil her destiny as a hunted, yet free, mermaid.
Layla Kaylif directed 'The Letter Writer'
Emirati director Layla Kaylif, founder of Canopus Films, a Dubai-based production company, has also been nominated for The Letter Writer, a romantic drama about Khalifa, a young boy who uses his talents as a professional letter writer at the expense of his trusting customers. The two filmmakers will vie for a prestigious prize of $100,000 (Dhs367,295) from IWC, with the winner announced on December 10. — Emily Baxter
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