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.
The presentation of the first-ever Filmmaker Award by the Association for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland was held as part of the IWC gala dinner at the 11th Zurich Film Festival.
The winning projects were also each presented with an IWC watch – the Portugieser Automatic in stainless steel with a black dial and a special rotor engraving with “1st Filmmaker Award Zurich 2015” (Ref. IW500703). The Schaffhausen luxury watch manufacturer had invited over 200 VIP guests from the worlds of film, media, art, politics and commerce to the exclusive event, which was held in line with the motto “For the Love of Cinema” at the Park Hyatt Zurich. Actor Christoph Waltz and director Marc Forster preceded the event with an appearance on the red carpet. After the dinner and the awards ceremony, which was accompanied by the music of the well-known Swiss blues musician Philipp Fankhauser, guests continued the party into the small hours of the morning.