IWC Schaffhausen hosted the fourth IWC Filmmaker Award this weekend, where Layla Kaylif won the esteemed award for her film The Letter Writer.
“This year, yet again, we have received numerous applications for great films that have immensely impressed us. We are proud to see the talents of the region take such great steps forward, and we look forward to further supporting and contributing to the art of filmmaking in the region as a whole,” commented Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.
For the fourth consecutive year, IWC Schaffhausen collaborated with the DIFF to grant one talented filmmaker from the region the esteemed award. This year’s winning project was selected from three shortlisted scripts which were evaluated by a jury comprising film industry experts from the region along with IWC CEO Georges Kern and DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma. Accompanying them on the jury was the leading expert on Arab cinema, DIFF Artistic Director Masoud Amralla Al Ali. The jury was headed by Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad and Tunisian actress Hend Sabry.
The event’s master of ceremonies was IWC brand ambassador and television personality Raya Abirached, who highlighted the work of IWC Filmmaker Award winners of previous years Maysoon Pachachi and Abdullah Boushahri.