OSCAR WINNER CHRISTOPH WALTZ PRESENTS FIRST FILMMAKER AWARD AT IWC GALA EVENT

Oscar winner Christoph Waltz presented the first-ever Filmmaker Award last night. From the four nominated films, the jury picked two winners: “Und morgen seid ihr tot” (“Tomorrow You’ll Be Dead”) and “Europe, She Loves”. The presentation took place at the IWC gala dinner held as part of the 11th Zurich Film Festival, to which the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer had invited some 200 VIP guests from the worlds of film, media, politics and commerce. The award, worth CHF 100,000 in sponsorship, was set up by the Association for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland, which was co-founded by IWC CEO Georges Kern.

Christoph Waltz, Marc Forster and Lisa Blatter seen onstage at the IWC Schaffhausen “For the Love of Cinema” Gala Dinner, during which Christoph Waltz presented the Filmmaker Award set up by the Association for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland

Christoph Waltz, Marc Forster and Lisa Blatter seen onstage at the IWC Schaffhausen “For the Love of Cinema” Gala Dinner, during which Christoph Waltz presented the Filmmaker Award set up by the Association for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland

Christoph Waltz, Marc Forster, Kurt Aeschenbacher, Georges Kern and Karl Spoerri talk onstage at the IWC Schaffhausen “For the Love of Cinema” Gala Dinner, during which Christoph Waltz presented the Filmmaker Award set up by the Association for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland

Christoph Waltz, Marc Forster, Kurt Aeschenbacher, Georges Kern and Karl Spoerri talk onstage at the IWC Schaffhausen “For the Love of Cinema” Gala Dinner, during which Christoph Waltz presented the Filmmaker Award set up by the Association for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland

Christoph Waltz shot to fame with roles in “Inglourious Basterds” and “Django Unchained” by the American cult director Quentin Tarantino. The two-time Academy Award winner was in Zurich last night to present the first-ever Filmmaker Award during the IWC gala dinner, which celebrated the theme “For the Love of Cinema”. The sponsorship award set up by the Association for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland (Verein zur Filmförderung in der Schweiz) is worth CHF 100,000 and is intended to give specifically designed support to promising film projects which are in the production or post-production stages. “I am proud to be here in person to present this award, which is very important for the Swiss film industry. Providing sponsorship for filmmakers is a necessary and relevant task, one which makes a significant contribution to the diversity of Swiss film,” said Waltz.

Photo credit: Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC

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