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.