IWC and the BFI Support Outstanding British Talent

Swiss luxury watchmakers IWC Schaffhausen announced the winner of the first ever IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with the BFI. At a star-studded gala dinner at London’s Rosewood hotel, Hope Dickson Leach was declared the winner of the £50,000 award, which stands as one of the most significant in the UK film industry.

Cate Blanchett winning filmmaker Hope Dickson Leach BFI CEO Amanda Nevill and IWC CEO Georges Kern

IWC have been a sponsor of the BFI and the Official Time Partner of the BFI London Film Festival since 2014, and have long been known for their association with filmmaking. With established partnerships with Tribeca Film Festival, the Dubai International Film Festival, Zurich FIlm Festival, the Beijing International Film Festival and the Singapore International Film Festival, IWC hold a long tradition of supporting the film industry, alongside the brand’s long-standing relationships with high profile talent, such as Christop Waltz and Cate Blanchett. The newly-minted IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award was created to give recognition to outstanding British talent, and was designed 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.

This year’s winner- Hope Dickson Leach (pictured above, second from left)- is an Edinburgh-based filmmaker, who achieved great success with her short films (such as the Sundance-selected The Dawn Chorus) and first feature-length piece, The Levelling, which was selected from thousands of entries to make it into the Official Selection at the BFI London Film Festival. With the generosity of IWC, Dickson Leach can now focus on her creative projects and upcoming developments.


In light of their ongoing relationship with the BFI, IWC have also launched a limited edition timepiece, the Pilot’s Watch Spitfire Chronograph Edition BFI London Film Festival 2016. 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. Even more exclusive, is the IWC Pilot’s Watch BFI London Film Festival 2016 TWG Limited Edition, in an even more limited run of just two pieces, boasting the same features as the Pilot’s Watch Spitfire Chronograph Edition BFI London Film Festival 2016 but accompanied by a smart stainless steel bracelet strap.