Zurich Film Festival: Christoph Waltz to Award Filmmaker Prize

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The two-time Oscar winner will present the honor for best new Swiss film project at this year's festival.

Two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz will attend this year's Zurich International Film Festival and present the inaugural Filmmaker Award.

Waltz will attend the Zurich festival opening on Sept. 26 and will present a special gala screening of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, the film that launched his international career.

The actor will also present the first annual Filmmaker Award, which will go to the best new Swiss film project at this year's event.

Swiss director Marc Forster (World War Z), Zurich festival co-director Karl Spoerri and Georges Kern, CEO of luxury watch group IWC Schaffhausen, a major festival sponsor, will pick the award winner.

The Zurich Filmmaker Award, which rewards an unfinished film from a Swiss director, comes with a cash bursary of $104,000 (CHF 100,000).

The four finalists this year are the documentary Europe, She Loves from director Jan Gassmann; Dominik Locher's drama Goliath; and two features based on real-life events: Michael Steiner's Tomorrow You'll Be Dead, the story of two Swiss citizens captured by the Taliban in 2011; and Hannes Baumgartner's The Gun Runner, which tells the story of Swiss long-distance runner, and serial criminal, Jonas Fischer.

The cash prize will go to completing production on the winning film.

The 11th Zurich Film Festival runs Sept. 24-Oct.4.

Correction Sept.8, 11:49: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Waltz would be judging this year's Filmmaker's Award. The Hollywood Reporter regrets the error. 
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