Independent Spirit Awards

Independent Spirit Awards

As the first event to honor independent film exclusively, Film Independent's Independent Spirit Awards has made a name for itself as the premier awards event for the independent film community. It's a celebration of the spirited pioneers who bring a unique vision to filmmaking.

Along with being a great party, the Independent Spirit Awards ceremony also brings together the top talent from independent film and Hollywood. Trophies are presented for the years' best achievements in independent film, with statues awarded for Best First Feature and Best Feature made for under $500,000 (the John Cassavetes Award), and many more.

Keeping with its roots and L.A. location, the Independent Spirit Awards takes place each year inside a beachfront tent in Santa Monica. Currently in its 22nd year, the show is as original as the films and filmmakers it honors.

Winners are chosen by those in the know: Film Independent members, with voting privileges extended to IFP members. Voters attend nominee screenings and view nominated films through Netflix before selecting the Independent Spirit Awards winners.