Swatch once again sponsors young and emerging artists. At the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland, two awards have been set up specifically for emerging artists: Swatch’s first feature film award with a prize of 15,000 Swiss francs and the traditional Svo Qi Heping Hotel Art Center Award.
Swatch has always been good at discovering creative talents, and is committed to creating rare opportunities for young filmmakers who can be unexpected, positive rebellious, active creative thinking and full of positive energy. A jury of three professional filmmakers will select the Swatch’s first feature film award. The three judges are Spanish writer, art historian and museum curator Chus Martinez; British film critic, playwright and director Jonathan Romney; and American producer and film industry executive RaynWerner.
As an official partner of the film festival, Swatch will also provide another valuable opportunity for young filmmakers: the winner will be invited to live and live in Shanghai for 6 months, participate in Swatch’s famous artist residence plan, and enter the Swatch Peace Hotel Art Center to join a diverse community of artists from all fields around the world.
The 69th Locarno Film Festival will open on August 3, 2016 and will last 11 days. During this period, a new generation of film enthusiasts will be shown a variety of modern film art. This year, the long-term relationship between Swatch and the Film Festival extends to Summer Academy: Chinese animation artist LeiLei, who has participated in the Swatch Peace Hotel Art Center residency program, will join the 2016 Summer Academy with other young filmmakers.
To celebrate young talents and film art, Swatch will also launch a limited edition 2016 Locarno Film Festival Special Edition (SUOB101D) watch with a transparent movement and black strap. It will be available in Swatch global stores on June 30, 2016. It can also be purchased directly at the festival.