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Abu Dhabi Film Festival Honours Jake Eberts’ contribution to the film industry with an Award in his honour

The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) announces that it is commemorating the life of multi-award winning producer Mr. Jake Eberts, by renaming its leading documentary award in his honour. The renaming of this high-profile award acknowledges his contribution to the film industry. Known as The Jake Eberts Black Pearl Award for Best Documentary, it will be presented as part of ADFF’s 2013 festival and awards. ADFF, powered by twofour54, takes place annually to help create a vibrant film culture for the region.

Jake Eberts (July 10, 1941 - September 6, 2012) was known for producing exceptional movies, including: ‘Chariots of Fire’; ‘Gandhi’; ‘Dances with Wolves’ and ‘Driving Miss Daisy’. His films won 37 individual Oscars including four for Best Picture.  Born in Canada, Jake developed a long relationship with the UAE, which strengthened after his most significant visit in 2007, when he went on to play a significant role in many Abu Dhabi film industry’s milestones. The National Geographic Channel; Abu Dhabi’s film investment fund, Imagenation, and its multi-million dollar deal with Participant Films, all benefited from his contribution, with the later producing the films ‘Contagion’ and ‘The Help’.

Ultimately, Jake Eberts became a great friend to Abu Dhabi, sharing in its vision to be a regional epicenter for the film and entertainment industry. In the late part of his career, he turned his attention to making IMAX films and documentaries. His acclaimed documentary ‘Journey to Mecca’ debuted in Abu Dhabi in 2009 with a three night gala at an IMAX theatre built especially for the purpose.

Ali Al Jabri, Director of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, said:

“Jake Eberts was involved in some of the most successful films of all time, consistently producing work that engaged your mind and touched your heart. He became a great friend of Abu Dhabi and our film industry is fortunate to have been enriched by his influence. This award will be an annual reminder of the film projects in which he was involved, which have been enjoyed by so many.”

To further honour Eberts legacy, a new Screening Room based at twofour54 intaj, the media production arm of twofour54, will be named after Eberts. The Screening Room will be part of the upgraded twofour54 post-production facilities to be completed early next year.   

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