Emirati filmmaker Waleed Al Shehhi has won the $100,000 IWC Filmmaker Award for his project Dolphins.

The prize was presented by jury president Cate Blanchett at a red carpet ceremony at the One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai last night.

Written by Ahmed Salmeen, the project tells the story of an ambulance driver who is divorced and has one son who lives with his mother. Unnerved by the serparation of his parents, the son embarks on an unusual adventure.

Al Shehhi’s previous film credits include acclaimed 2004 short Aushba’s Well and documentary Ahmad Suliman (2006), which won best documentary at the Jordan Short Film Festival.