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David Hasselhoff to judge Abu Dhabi film competition

Baywatch star will preside over Image Nation’s annual amateur short film competition Arab Film Studio.

David Hasselhoff to judge Abu Dhabi film competition
David Hasselhoff.

American actor David Hasselhoff has been announced
as one of the judges for an Abu Dhabi amateur short film competition.

The actor, best known for his work on TV shows
Baywatch and Knight Rider and as a judge on reality show talent competition America’s
Got Talent, will preside over Image Nation’s annual amateur short film
competition, Arab Film Studio.

The judges will have the final decision on seven
awards, including Best Film, which includes a AED50,000 ($13,612) prize to fund the
scriptwriting of the winner’s feature length film.

The judging panel, made up of 24 film industry
professionals, also includes writer Wesley Strick (A Nightmare on Elm Street),
Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) and Image
Nation partner Ashok Amritraj of Hyde Park Entertainment.

“Arab Film Studio is great way for any budding
filmmaker to get started in the industry. I’m so honoured to be a part of this
year’s judging panel and I can’t wait to see what each contestant has come up
with,” Hasselhoff said.

Arab Film Studio, which was established in 2011 in
partnership with Image Nation and twofour54, is a short film competition which
aims to unearth new talent and to give aspiring filmmakers the tools to carve out
a career for themselves. Previous winner Sara Saber and runner up Omar Butti
are also on this year’s panel.

Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation said: “We are
thrilled to have such an acclaimed panel of judges for this year’s competition.
It’s great to give these budding filmmakers the chance to have their films seen
by industry players. Over the past four years the standard of our contestants
films have gotten better and better and I’m excited to see what comes from this
year’s competition.”

The finalists of this year’s Arab Film Studio
competition include short film entries from a broad mix of countries - the UAE,
Egypt, UK and the Netherlands.

An award ceremony will be held in October, with
further details to be announced.