About the Awards

As the first event to honor independent film exclusively, the Film 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 Spirit Awards ceremony also brings together the top talent from independent film and Hollywood. Trophies are presented for the year’s best achievements in independent film, with statues awarded for Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best Feature Made for Under $500,000 (the John Cassavetes Award) and many more. Keeping with its roots and L.A. location, the Spirit Awards takes place each year inside a beachfront tent in Santa Monica. Currently in its 28th year, the show is as original as the films and filmmakers it honors.

Winners are chosen by those in the know: Film Independent members, past Spirit Award nominees and winners and active IFP members. Voting members attend nominee screenings and view select nominated films through a screening program before choosing the Spirit Award winners.

Film Independent is a non-profit arts organization. Its voting members include filmmakers, film industry leaders and film lovers. Anyone passionate about the art of film can join as a member and vote for winners of the Spirit Awards. You’re welcome to visit filmindependent.org/membership to become a member today!