New York, 15 April 2016 – At the Tribeca Film Festival® in New York, IWC Schaffhausen celebrated the art of filmmaking and showcased its support for emerging artists at the fourth annual “For the Love of Cinema” gala dinner. IWC CMO Franziska Gsell co-hosted the evening with Tribeca Film Festival founders Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff. The luxury watch manufacturer delighted the 200 notable guests with the presentation of the IWC Filmmaker Award, which went to this year’s honouree, Matt Ruskin... As a highlight, Franziska Gsell presented this year’s award winner Matt Ruskin with the USD 50,000 film grant, as well as the official IWC Filmmaker Award trophy and an IWC timepiece. “The IWC Filmmaker Award is a unique opportunity to celebrate the artistry and craftsmanship of cinema,” said IWC CMO Franziska Gsell. “Filmmakers tell us stories, bring history and current events to life, and provide us with a better understanding of the world around us. Our goal is to encourage this passion by helping notable artists to develop their projects and make them accessible to a larger audience.”
Matt Ruskin started his career as a production assistant on Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream”. Now, he shows his amazing skills as the writer and director of his own film project “Untitled Colin Warner Project”. He left a profound impression on jury members Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, Anna Ponder, Executive Director of Tribeca Film Institute®, Paula Weinstein, Executive Vice President of the Tribeca Film Festival, and last year’s award winner, Deb Shoval, who is premiering her film “AWOL” at this year’s festival (“AWOL” producer Laura Teodosio also participated in the deliberation). The film tells the story of Colin Warner, who was wrongfully convicted of murder, and his best friend Carl King, who devotes his life to proving Colin’s innocence. “For me, this film was a standout from this year’s selection. Matt Ruskin clearly is emerging as a force to be reckoned with; his moving story showcases friendship and love, all while dealing with a criminal injustice,” said Georges Kern, explaining the motivation behind the jury’s choice.