Jude Law among judges for Abu Dhabi film competition

British actor Jude Law, Hollywood directors and producers behind blockbusters such as The Devil Wears Prada, Harry Potter and Men in Black and a host of local and regional filmmakers have been announced as the judges for Abu Dhabi’s second Arab Film Studio.

Arab Film Studio was established in 2011 and is a partnership between Image Nation, Abu Dhabi’s film production arm, and twofour54, the emirate’s media free zone.

The judging panel announced for this year includes 20 high profile film professionals, including David Frankel (director of the Oscar nominated ‘The Devil Wears Prada’), David Heyman (producer of Harry Potter films), Jude Law (Oscar nominated actor of films like Sherlock Holmes and Cold Mountain) and Brunson Green (producer of the Oscar nominated and Abu Dhabi-backed film The Help).

Local talent included in the panel include writer and producer Abdullah Al-Eyaf, producer Bassam Al-Thawadi, filmmaker Mahmour Kaabour, writer Fareed Ramadan and Nawaf Al-Janahi, director of the UAE made film ‘Sea Shadow’.

The winner of the short film competition will win a prize of AED50,000 ($13,613) and the award ceremony will take place on July 1 at the Yas Viceroy Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

The six finalists are: ‘Mr. Ideas’ by Belal Anteple (Syria), ‘In Her Eyes’ by Sara Saber (Egypt), ‘A Heated Interview’ by Muneer Al Busaidi (Oman), ‘Smoke’ by Mohamed Islem Cherchali (Algeria), ‘Longing’ by Allegra Hamilton (USA) and ‘Recycled’ by Saleh Al Shunnar (UAE).

Jude Law was previously in the emirate in March when he visited for the opening of The Act in Dubai’s Shangri-La hotel, which is on the 42nd and 43rd floors and is the highest theatre in the world.

Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

Posted by: Ibrahim Qabazard

When the competition will take place?

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

More from Arabian Business

Saudi Arabia takes new steps to ease bank liquidity crunch

Dubai: The Islamic finance waystation on the New Silk Road

Hyundai Engineering says wins $727m deal from Saudi Aramco

Sheraton Oman hotel reopens after major renovation

Kuwait bank lists $200m sukuk on Nasdaq Dubai

Taking action: Sheikh Mubarak Al Abdullah Al Mubarak Al Sabah