Oscar-nominated producer, writer and director to head jury at upcoming Dubai International Film Festival (Dec 10-17).

Lee Daniels will head the jury for Dubai International Film Festival’s (DIFF) Muhr Feature Competition.

Daniels, who produced and directed the Oscar winner Precious and domestic box office hit The Butler, will lead a jury of four members to be announced.

Masoud Amralla Al Ali, artistic director, DIFF, commented: “Lee Daniels is one of the most distinguished American filmmakers today, who has built his illustrious career on embracing the dynamics and diversities of life’s challenging situations, he is uniquely poised to understand filmmakers from the Arab world, their aspirations, and their unique viewpoints.”

“I’m thrilled to be visiting the Emirates for the first time and to have the privilege of being part of the Dubai International Film Festival’s jury. This festival is truly a host to international cinema, it’s an exciting time for me to join the festival and experience everything that it has to offer,” added Daniels.

Contenders for the Muhr Feature Awards were announced yesterday [see separate story here].

DIFF runs Dec 10-17. For more information, visit its official website.