Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen is launching a limited-edition timepiece in celebration of the partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI). The launch of the special edition coincides with the 60th anniversary of the BFI London Film Festival in partnership with AmericanExpress®, which runs from 5 –16 October this year. IWC is delighted to be once again supporting the festival as Official Time Partner, a partnership that began in 2014 and is set to continue until 2019.
The exclusive Pilot’s Watch Spitfire Chronograph Edition “BFI London Film Festival 2016” (Ref. IW387812) will be a limited edition of just 60 timepieces in stainless steel on an elegant blue strap. Each model is numbered on the case back, alongside the inscription “BFI Film Forever”, increasing their appeal to collectors. The timepiece features an IWC in-house 89365-calibre movement alongside a chronograph and flyback function and is available from July 2016 at the IWC Boutique London, 138 New Bond Street, as well as selected retailers in the United Kingdom. This year, for the first time, the partnership with the BFI London Film Festival also includes the IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award, a £ 50,000 bursary given to a writer/director who identifies as British and has a first or second feature- length fiction film premiering in the Official Selection at the BFI LFF. This award is the first of its kind in the British film industry. With submissions currently underway, a prestigious shortlisting panel including Clare Stewart, BFI Head of Exhibition and Artistic Director of the BFI London Film Festival, Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund, film
director Gurinder Chadha, Joe Oppenheimer, Commissioning Executive of BBC Films, and Rose Garnett, Head of Development, Film 4, are selecting the three filmmakers for consideration. These three finalists will be announced at the BFI on 20 September 2016. Amanda Nevill, CEO of the BFI, Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, and a key representative of the UK film industry, to be announced later in 2016, will decide which filmmaker benefits from this extraordinary opportunity and will award them the
bursary at the IWC Gala Dinner in honour of the BFI held on 4 October 2016.
The IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award follows a long tradition of the brand’s commitment to and support of the film industry – evidenced by its established partnerships with the Tribeca Film Festival, the Dubai International Film Festival, Zurich Film Festival, the Beijing International Film Festival and the Singapore International Film Festival, as well as the brand’s long-standing relationships with high-profile film talent, including Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett, all of which demonstrates IWC’s ongoing passion for film.
With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world’s leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining supreme precision with exclusive design. As an ecologically and socially responsible company, IWC is committed to sustainable production, supports institutions around the globe in their work with children and young people, and maintains partnerships with organizations dedicated to climate and environmental protection.
The BFI is the leading body for film in the UK, with the ambition of creating a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive, by:
– Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and world cinema
– Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for present and future generations
– Championing emerging and world-class filmmakers in the UK
– Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
– Promoting British film and talent to the world
– Expanding the next generation of filmmakers and audiences
The BFI is now a government arm’s-length body and distributor of National Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role that covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It performs this r ole:
– As the UK-wide organization for film, a charity corefunded by government
– By providing National Lottery and government funds for film across the UK
– By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK