Emirati director Abdullah Hassan Ahmed returns to the Dubai International Film Festival this year after being awarded the Best Script prize at DIFF 2006. “Sunrise” tells the story of a worried father who receives tragic news about his son, who is fighting in a distant war. With a pregnant wife to take care of, he is unsure how to deliver the news without causing too much anguish. The two other projects shortlisted for the Filmmaker Award are “Salem” by Arabic director Nujoom Alghanem and “The Search for the Star Pearl” by Qatari director Hafiz Ali Ali.
The event’s master of ceremonies were IWC brand ambassador and television personality Raya Abirached and TV presenter Bassel Alzaro. The Swiss luxury watch manufacturer also welcomed IWC brand ambassadors Tuba Büyüküstün and Hend Sabry as well as HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al Faisal. Other international and local personalities included TV presenter Diala Makki and editor- in-chief of gheir.com Zoya Sakr. The 13th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is running from 7 to 14 December 2016.