A new $100,000 prize is up for grabs at the Dubai International Film Festival  (Diff).
The Filmmaker Award, which is now open for entries will be a new source of funding for established and upcoming directors from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.
Funding the award is luxury Swiss watch  maker IWC Schaffhausen, who teamed up with DIFF last year for the One Night to Change Lives, a black-tie charity event which raised more than a million dollars for aid agency Oxfam and UAE-based Dubai Cares.
Georges Kern , CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, said in a statement: “For many years now we have had a passion for the cinema. Every director tells a story with his films. Our experiences with the region’s leading film festivals in the last few years convinced us that the talent and stories from the Gulf deserve an international stage. We believe in the proliferation of new voices, and we are delighted to contribute to the Arab storytelling by this Filmmaker Award.”
In order to enter, directors must be citizens of a Gulf nation; producers can be of any nationality. The feature-length fiction film projects must be in the development stage and the filmmaking team will be expected to submit a full synopsis, script, director notes, budget outlines and samples of previous work.
Entries can be submitted until August 31, when three submissions will be shortlisted by an independent jury. The winner will be announced on December 10.
The ninth edition of the Dubai International Film Festival takes place from December 9 to 16.
Visit www.dubaifilmfest.com  for more information and to enter.