Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF 2014), powered by twofour54, yesterday announced that this year's Career Achievement Awards will go to French-Algerian director, Rachid Bouchareb, and American producer, Edward Pressman, for their outstanding contribution to world cinema.
Meanwhile, Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar has been chosen for the Variety Arab Filmmaker of the Year Award.
Abu Dhabi Film Festival Director, Ali Al Jabri, said, "ADFF 2014 salutes the French-Algerian filmmaker and producer Rachid Bouchareb, whose three films Dust of Life (1995), Days of Glory (2006) and Outside the Law (2010) were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Since the beginning of his career, Rachid Bouchareb has explored the complex relationships between France and its former colonies. Young filmmakers can take a cue from this master storyteller to convincingly portray the yet uncaptured perspectives on their life and society and project them onto the world stage." "This year, we also take the opportunity to honour the prolific American film producer Edward Pressman, who was involved in the making of over 80 motion pictures, each influenced by his wide and eclectic cinema experience. Over the course of a 30 year career in film, his deliberate choice of working with new filmmakers has led to priceless discoveries of fresh talent, he is known for fostering the careers of the young and inspired. We honour both these legendary filmmakers with the ADFF 2014 Career Achievement Awards." Both ADFF 2014 Career Achievement Awards will be presented at the Festival's opening event on October 23rd at Emirates Palace.