Emily Blunt Joins Dubai Film Festival Jury

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The actress will help decide the Middle East festival's annual IWC Filmmaker Award

The Dubai International Film Festival has named Emily Blunt as a member of the jury that will decide the IWC Filmmaker Award, the festival's annual competition held in collaboration with Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen.

The competition — now in its third year — offers $100,000 to a Middle East filmmaker to help develop and produce his or her script. It will be awarded during the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival, which kicks off Dec. 10.

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"It will be fascinating to see the scripts and discover forthcoming films that will undoubtedly touch the hearts and minds of audiences in the region and internationally," said Blunt.

Last year, Cate Blanchett headed the IWC Filmmaker Award jury, with the prize going to Emirati director Waleed Al Shehhi for his project Dolphins.

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