IWC brand ambassadors Zhou Xun and 2017 Academy Award nominee Dev Patel were among the many who attended the gala dinner hosted by the brand to celebrate the achievements of young Chinese filmmakers at the 2017 Beijing International Film Festival.
In one of many highlights of the evening, Chinese film director Derek Tsang (Zeng Guoxiang) was awarded the prestigious IWC Outstanding Young Filmmaker of the Year Award for the film “Soul Mate.”
For the fifth consecutive year now, IWC has partnered with the acclaimed Beijing International Film Festival. “With their immense talent and diversity, Chinese filmmakers are self-confidently claiming their place in the world of film. As a partner of this wonderful festival, we are excited to witness the incredible growth and evolution of the Chinese film industry first-hand,” explained Franziska Gsell, CMO of IWC Schaffhausen.
As a part of the official festival programme, IWC hosted an exclusive “For the Love of Cinema” gala dinner at the Imperial Ancestral Temple just outside the Forbidden City in Beijing. This underlying theme extended to the event’s design, as guests moved from the traditional Chinese cocktail area into the more modern dinner reception hall through a dramatic light installation tunnel created by acclaimed lighting designer Javier Tan.
Among the many other celebrities who attended were Chen Jianbin, Jiang Qinqin, Chen Bolin, Zhang Ruoyun, Zhang Zilin and Zhang Junning.
The programme included performances by the Beijing Orchestra, who treated guests to their interpretations of famous Chinese movie soundtracks, and later a final show by singer Jane Zhang as well.