A “Filmmaker in Residence” is coming to the Film Society of Lincoln Center in a new initiative unveiled Wednesday. The program, set to launch this year, is a collaboration with Swiss luxury watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre under a multi-year partnership.

Each year, the Filmmaker in Residence will have the chance to focus on “developing or refining new work in New York City.” The emerging or established artist will have the opportunity to take part in master classes, mentorships, cultural exchanges and enrichment film programs with Film Society of Lincoln Center members and the broader film community, as well as the public.

Beginning this June, a panel of “notable filmmakers and screenwriters” will oversee the selection process of the first Filmmaker in Residence. The initiative will formally launch in New York this September.

“We are thrilled to be working with Jaeger-LeCoultre, and excited to share such an important initiative as the Filmmaker in Residence program with such an esteemed partner,” said FSLC executive director Rose Kuo. “The new initiative will allow the Film Society and Jaeger-LeCoultre to both deepen their support for filmmakers and offer that support at an earlier stage in the creative process.”

Added Jaeger-LeCoultre CEO Jérôme Lambert: “Creating a dedicated program for cinema with the Film Society of Lincoln Center is a privilege for Jaeger-LeCoultre. This partnership will serve as a U.S. anchor for Jaeger-LeCoultre at the crossroads of culture in America. As a Swiss manufacturer who has dedicated all its technical art to excellence and creativity for the past 180 years; we are delighted to be partnering with such an esteemed institution who has such an extensive reach within cinema.”

In related news, the partnership also extends to the upcoming 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala, which will honor Barbra Streisand on April 22, in addition to the 51st New York Film Festival, which will take place September 27 – October 13.