Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen and the BFI announced the winner of their first ever IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award at a star studded dinner hosted by Rob Brydon and attended by Cate Blanchett at the Rosewood Hotel in London this week as part of the 60th London Film Festival.
The prize was a staggering £50,000 – the most significant bursary of its kind in the UK film industry – and was awarded by BFI CEO Amanda Nevill, George Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, and British actor and two-time Oscar nominee John Hurt (Alien, The Elephant Man).
The four finalists were:
- Joseph a. Adesunloye, writer/director of White Colour Black
- Hope Dickson Leach writer/director of The Levelling
- Alice Lowe, writer/director of Prevenge
- Paul Anton Smith, director of Have You Seen My Movie?
The winner was Hope Dickson Leach.
— IWC Watches (@IWC) October 4, 2016
The BFI and IWC designed the award to support a writer and/or director at the beginning of their career, bringing them the financial stability and time needed to develop their creativity.
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