IWC Award for Filmmaker Chloé Zhao

IWC Award for Filmmaker Chloé Zhao

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Chinese filmmaker Chloé Zhao was presented the IWC Filmmaker Award along with the prize money of USD 50,000 during a gala dinner recently at the Tribeca Film Festival, held in New York. Two additional nominees, Anahita Ghazvinizadeh and Abu Bakr Shawky, were presented with grants of USD 5,000 each.

(L-R) Christoph Grainger-Herr, Grace Hightower, Robert De Niro and Georges Kern
(L-R) Christoph Grainger-Herr, Grace Hightower, Robert De Niro and Georges Kern

Chloé Zhao’s film “The Rider” left a profound impression on jury members, including Paula Weinstein, EVP of Tribeca Enterprise, Amy Hobby, Executive Director of Tribeca Film Institute, Matt Ruskin, last year’s award winner, and Christoph Grainger-Herr.

Actress Rosamund Pike and Oscar Award Winning Actor Robert De Niro
Actress Rosamund Pike and Oscar Award Winning Actor Robert De Niro

IWC Schaffhausen celebrates the art of filmmaking and showcases its support for emerging artists through its annual award which is presented to an up-and-coming filmmaker who has created an inspiring work of art at the fifth annual “For the Love of Cinema” gala dinner.

 Model Adriana Lima and actor Ryan Eggold
Model Adriana Lima and actor Ryan Eggold

The evening’s host, comedian Samantha Bee, entertained a total of 160 distinguished guests, including actors Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, and Taylor Schilling as well as IWC brand ambassadors Rosamund Pike, Adriana Lima, and Karolina Kurkova. An exclusive performance by Tony and Grammy Award Winner Cynthia Erivo closed the evening’s event.

 Actress Taylor Schilling
Actress Taylor Schilling

“IWC is dedicated to supporting promising artistic talents from around the world to help them realize their vision of creating beautiful and meaningful works of art,” explained Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen. “Filmmakers highlight aspects of the world that would otherwise go amiss. As watchmakers, we understand that a high degree of dedication and craftsmanship is needed to craft a masterpiece that one can connect with emotionally.”

Model Karolina Kurkova
Model Karolina Kurkova
 Actress Uma Thurman and CEO of IWC Schaffhausen Christoph Grainger-Herr
Actress Uma Thurman and CEO of IWC Schaffhausen Christoph Grainger-Herr
 Comedian Samantha Bee
Comedian Samantha Bee