IWC celebrates filmmaking at annual Tribeca Film Festival® gala

At the Tribeca Film Festival® in New York, IWC Schaffhausen toasted the art of filmmaking and showcased their support for emerging artists at the third annual “For the Love of Cinema” gala dinner. IWC CEO Georges Kern cohosted the evening with Tribeca Film Festival® founders Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, and Craig Hatkoff. The luxury Omega replica watches manufacturer delighted the 250 notable guests with the presentation of the IWC Filmmaker Award, which went to this year’s honoree, Deb Shoval. IWC brand ambassador Christoph Waltz and the host, comedian Joel McHale, entertained the star-studded crowd before an exclusive performance by famous singer Sarah McLachlanclosed the evening’s event.

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The picturesque “For the Love of Cinema” dinner was held at the popular Tribeca venue Spring Studios, where guests were greeted by the comedic relief of McHale’s performance. IWC CEO Georges Kern welcomed esteemed IWC brand ambassador Christoph Waltz, Tribeca Film Festival judges Gloria Steinem, Christine Lahti, Rachael Harris, and Michael Rapaport, and Tribeca Film Festival cofounders Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, and Craig Hatkoff to the “For the Love of Cinema” dinner. The hilarious McHale started off the night with laughs from the crowd when he said “I’m honored to be hosting an event that brings together New York City’s cultural elite. Whether you’re a lover of fine cinema, an aficionado of luxury timepieces, or just a weirdo who likes to best Omega replica watches others eat appetizers – we have something for everyone tonight.” His repertoire entertained the star-studded room as the evening continued.

Aside from McHale’s humorous number, a true highlight of the celebratory evening was the presentation of the IWC Filmmaker Award to Deb Shoval. Her film project “AWOL” left a profound impression on jury members Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, Ryan Harrington, Vice Presidentof Artist Programs at Tribeca Film Institute, Paula Weinstein, Executive Vice President of the Tribeca Film Festival, and last year’s award winner, Jay Dockendorf. It tells the story of Joey, 18, who falls in love with Rayna, 27, a married mother of two. Threatened by Rayna’s husband and fired from her job at the local dairy, Joey must make some choices about her future in a postindustrial area with little to offer, and she reluctantly joins the Army. Days before deployment to Afghanistan and still wildly in love, Joey returns home to rural Pennsylvania and plans to go AWOL with Rayna and her kids. “AWOL was the standout film from this year’s selection; Deb Shoval is very forward thinking with the use of story and education and has clearly left her mark on this film,” said Georges Kern, explaining the jury’s choice.

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The Swiss luxury IWC replica watches manufacturer founded its IWC Filmmaker Award several years ago to support emerging filmmakers on their path of innovation and creation. IWC presents the award as part of its commitment to the film festivals of Beijing, Zurich, London, and Dubai, and now for the third time in its role as Official ‘Festival-Time’ Partner of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The nonprofit affiliate Tribeca Film Institute, which supports both new and established filmmakers with grants and professional development, invited filmmakers to submit their scripts for the IWC Filmmaker Award in advance. Those whose innovative artistic approach impressed the jury made it to the short list. Jay Dockendorf, who won last year’s IWC Filmmaker Award for his documentary “Naz and Maalik,” had this to say: “Winning the IWC Filmmaker Award has helped me continue to create new films and allowed me to spend more time developing ‘Naz and Maalik.’ It is a privilege to have the ability to create new content without having to limit myself, as a result of this generous award.”


IWC CEO Georges Kern presented this year’s award winner Deb Shoval with the $25,000 film grant as well as a Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2015” (Ref. IW510111). IWC created this special timepiece – limited to just 100 watches – in honor of its partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival. Apart from this, the brand auctioned off the Portofino Monopusher Edition “TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2015” Unique Piece (Ref. IW515105) in 18-carat white gold at an online-only auction through Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, that garnered $50,000, with the entire proceeds supporting Tribeca Film Institute. “IWC’s generous contribution has allowed us to continue to support the filmmaking industry and these new artists,” said Ryan Harrington, Vice President of Artist Programs at Tribeca Film Institute. “We are touched by their attention to the arts and are honored to continue our partnership.”

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“Filmmakers tell us stories, bring history and current events to life, and provide us with a better understanding of the world around us,” added IWC CEO Georges Kern. “Our goal is to encourage this passion by giving emerging artists with exciting ideas the chance to realize their projects and make them accessible to the world. Technology and creativity play as important a role in filmmaking as they do in the design and manufacturing of fake Omega watches uk. It is this balance of both art and imagination along with technique and attention to detail that allows us to create masterpieces, whetherit’s on screen or in the fine watchmaking industry.”

After the presentation of the IWC Filmmaker Award came the second highlight of the evening: a private performance by well-known singer Sarah McLachlan, whose musical talents were enjoyed by the star-studded crowd.