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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”