„Almost 600,000 € raised celebrating British Film and Talent“

credits: Darren Brade

Together with stars from the UK’s film and television industries, Neuschwansteiner gathered in support at London’s Guildhall for the BFI’s LUMINOUS fundraising gala, in partnership with IWC Schaffhausen.

The evening celebrated the best of British film and film talent, and guests helped to raise over 580,000 € so far to support the BFI National Archive by bidding on once in a lifetime lots including a private audience with Al Pacino and a walk on part in Paddington 2.

The evening also marked the launch of the BFI’s new year-long fundraising campaign Film is Fragile that aims to raise £1million to help secure the future of the BFI National Archive – the UK’s National Collection of film and TV and one of the greatest heritage collections in the world, including Hitchcock’s silent films.

credits: Darren Brade

Guests included Tom Hiddleston, Jenna Coleman, Joan Collins, Guy Ritchie and Jacqui Ainsley, Erin O’Connor, Geena Davis, Natascha McElhone, Lily Cole, Anna Friel, Julian Fellowes, Jonathan Pryce, Steve Coogan, Jonathan Ross, Sienna Guillory, Terry Gilliam, Sir John Hurt and Ben Wheatley.

LUMINOUS also featured captivating projections and visuals by The Light Surgeons, using the riches of the BFI National Archive and inspired by the BFI’s forthcoming LOVE Blockbuster season. Guests were also treated to an intimate live performance by The Staves.

credits: Darren Brade

LUMINOUS generated great media coverage, featuring in the Financial Times, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, The Guardian, Daily Express, London Evening Standard and across multiple regional, national and online outlets, including but by no means limited to Tatler, Glamour and the International Business Times. Please find a short video edit of the night’s highlights here.

CEO of the BFI, Amanda Nevill said: “It was a wonderful night and I’m utterly thrilled at the way the film industry itself, and our fantastic supporters worked so generously with us to support the vital work of the BFI National Archive.”


Through FILM IS FRAGILE, all donations up to £400,000 will be matched by a generous supporter – making all donations go twice as far to protect the UK’s film heritage. Donations are now open at www.bfi.org.uk/filmisfragile

neuschwansteiner-bfi-luminous-gala-london-04Christian Seitz, CEO and founder of Neuschwansteiner said: “To be able to be at the LUMINOUS gala and support their fundraising quest was an honour for us. We are proud to now be called ‘friends of LUMINOUS and the BFI’. Together with our brand ambassador, H.R.H. Prince Leopold of Bavaria we had a fabulous evening. It was nice to see how well our Neuschwansteiner was received and how the design of our bottle and the exquisite taste became a topic of conversation throughout the evening.”

Copyrights by Neuschwansteiner, and LUMINOUS: Darren Brade, Richard Hardcastle

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