JAMES MARSDEN PRESENTS
FIRST IWC FILMMAKER AWARD
TO TRAN ANH HUNG AT
SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Date2016-11-26T18:46:55

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Singapore, 26 November 2016 – At the 27th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), IWC Schaffhausen and Presenting Sponsor Marina Bay Sands celebrated their long-standing passion for filmmaking and expanding the art audience in Singapore by jointly hosting their first “For the Love of Cinema” gala dinner for the festival at the integrated resort. The inaugural IWC Filmmaker Award, along with an IWC Portugieser Chronograph, were presented by Hollywood actor and IWC brand ambassador James Marsden to acclaimed Vietnamese-born French film director Trần Anh Hùng at the gala dinner as well. The event further underlines the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer’s partnership with the SGIFF.

“We are pleased to award the first IWC Filmmaker Award in South East Asia to Trần Anh Hùng, celebrating his outstanding talent and achievements. It was a clear decision from the start to honour Trần Anh Hùng with the award, as he has continued to evolve in the realm of filmmaking ever since his debut and has established himself with a distinctive style of filmography,” says IWC CEO Georges Kern.

Vietnamese-born French film director Trần Anh Hùng reached international acclaim with his debut feature “The Scent of Green Papaya” in 1993, which garnered an award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards. Following its success, Trần Anh Hùng’s second film “Cyclo” won him a Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival in 1995. His latest work “Eternity” is his first feature in French, and was shown at the SGIFF.

“I am delighted to be presented with the inaugural IWC Filmmaker Award at the Singapore International Film Festival. It is a great honour to see my work being recognized by such a well-established brand that is renowned for its support of and passion for the world of filmmaking, but also to participate in a festival that ardently supports the talents of tomorrow,” comments Vietnamese-born filmmaker Trần Anh Hùng.

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—Trần Anh Hùng, James Marsden, Darren Aronofsky

"We are pleased to award the first IWC Filmmaker Award in South East Asia to Trần Anh Hùng, celebrating his outstanding talent and achievements. It was a clear decision from the start to honour Trần Anh Hùng with the award, as he has continued to evolve in the realm of filmmaking ever since his debut and has established himself with a distinctive style of filmography"

—Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen

Hollywood actor and IWC’s latest official brand ambassador James Marsden remarks: “It is a privilege to be part of this iconic event with IWC here in Singapore, and to present Trần Anh Hùng with the IWC Filmmaker Award which celebrates his immense talent and work. I wish him great success in his future accomplishments in the world of film.”

The IWC Filmmaker Award was presented at the inaugural “For the Love of Cinema” gala dinner event held at Marina Bay Sands’ South Crystal Pavilion, an exquisite all-glass venue that was completely transformed into a glamourous stage set with stunning vistas of the Marina Bay precinct skyline.

Co-hosted by IWC CEO Georges Kern and Marina Bay Sands President and CEO George Tanasijevich as well as the SGIFF, the gala dinner was accompanied by music played by members of a prominent symphony orchestra from Singapore and was attended by over 300 guests, including luminaries from the worlds of film, fashion and culture. The star-studded guest list who walked down the red carpet included His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Hollywood actor and IWC brand ambassador James Marsden, acclaimed Hollywood film director Darren Aronofsky, Korean actor Baek Sung-Hyun, Singaporean filmmakers Eric Khoo, Royston Tan and Boo Junfeng as well as Trần Anh Hùng.

Marina Bay Sands President and CEO George Tanasijevich says: “We are pleased to collaborate with IWC Schaffhausen for a worthy cause that seeks to celebrate filmmaking talent from Asia and beyond. More importantly, this evening’s event has helped the SGIFF to garner further support and take the festival experience to new heights.”

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—IWC CEO Georges Kern, James Marsden, Trần Anh Hùng

Apart from the iconic presentation of the inaugural IWC Filmmaker Award trophy by IWC brand ambassador James Marsden to Vietnamese-born French film director Trần Anh Hùng, IWC CEO Georges Kern also presented the awarded filmmaker with an IWC Portugieser Chronograph timepiece (Ref. IW371446). Other key highlights of the night comprised a symphony orchestra performance of popular film scores and an auction of 11 items – including a VIP invitation for two to the EE British Academy Film Awards, dinner and after-party in February 2017, a film poster o f “ Inferno” a utographed b y Tom H anks, I rrfan Khan and director Ron Howard, and a limited-edition lithograph of Gong Li in “Raise The Red Lantern” that is one of only ten in the world – auctioned off to the total tune of nearly SGD 240,000. The proceeds will benefit the SGIFF’s educational and development programmes. Guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner menu, specially curated by four celebrity chefs from Marina Bay Sands: Chef Joshua Brown of CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Chef Justin Quek of Sky on 57, Executive Chef Christopher Christie of Marina Bay Sands and Chef Tetsuya of Waku Ghin.

IWC Schaffhausen has been a sponsor and Official Festival Time Partner of the Singapore International Film Festival since 2015. Alongside several commitments that testify to its passion for the film industry, IWC Schaffhausen has established close and long-standing relationships with internationally acclaimed actresses and actors as well as renowned filmmakers and other influential figures in the film industry. Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett, Rosamund Pike and Dev Patel are among those celebrities who not only represent IWC on the red carpet, but are also personally engaged in joint projects such as films and photo shoots. Apart from this, IWC timepieces are also coveted accessories in countless films and TV series.

Further Information

IWC Schaffhausen
Clemens von Walzel
Department Manager Public Relations
Tel. +41 (0)52 235 79 29
E-mail clemens.vonwalzel@iwc.com
Internet www.iwc.com/press

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