About IWC Filmmaker Award

The annual IWC Filmmaker Award, presented by TFI and IWC Schaffhausen, celebrates the fearless artistry, stunning beauty and supreme craftsmanship unique to cinema. In 2019, the award will provide up to $15,000 in production or post-production funds to one feature-length narrative film. The winning film must demonstrate innovation and technical mastery or inventiveness through direction, cinematography and/or editing.  

The IWC Filmmaker Award is designed to promote the vision of storytellers of all genres whose work clearly demonstrates that they have gone above and beyond just making a film; they have used exquisite attention to detail and unusual and signature techniques to manipulate the medium, thus creating an unforgettable sensory experience for the audience.  


Curated by TFI staff and a select jury, one prize grant of up to $15,000 will be offered to the film that best fits the criteria of the fund and can benefit from the extra promotional exposure. In addition to funding, the awarded filmmaker will receive a public announcement, customized year-round support from TFI, including one-on-one guidance and consultation, helping their films to reach completion and enter the marketplace in the best possible position. 


The IWC Filmmaker Award seeks feature-length narratives that are in production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition no earlier than April 2019.  We are specifically looking for films that challenge the status quo not just in subject matter but also in execution. Films should be able to exist on multiple distribution platforms and have the ability to resonate with a wide audience. Eligible filmmakers can be international and the film's subject matter can be tailored for a global audience. Films will be judged on the filmmaker’s story and creative vision; excellence of achievement in Directing, Cinematography and/or Editing; and overall impact/need for this particular grant.