The House Of Flying Daggers director will team up with Annemarie Jacir as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative.

Chinese director Zhang Yimou is to mentor Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiave, which pairs up six recipients from different artistic mediums with well known names in their fields.

Jacir, whose 2008 debut feature Salt Of This Sea  was the first feature film to be directed by a Palestinian woman, was chosen by Yimou to be his protégé.

She will receive at least 30 days guidance from Yimou, who is currently shooting his latest project The Love Of the Hawthorn Tree, as well as a grant of $25,000. She will also be eligible for a further $25,000 towards the cost of creating a project upon completing the scheme.

The winner of the 2009 film mentor scheme was the Argentinean filmmaker Celina Murga, who spent two months working with Martin Scorsese on the set of Shutter Island.

The scheme has been running since 2002 and has five other categories including music, dance, literature, theatre and visual art. Other mentors in this year’s scheme include Peter Sellars and Brian Eno.