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Film Independent Spirit Awards

Hosted by Patton Oswalt

About the 2014 Film Independent Spirit 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!

Latest Updates

Samberg and Hader Ask McConaughey Tough <em>True Detective</em> Questions

Article: Samberg and Hader Ask McConaughey Tough True Detective Questions

“Who is the Yellow King?” It’s the question every True Detective fan is wondering, including Spirit Award presenters Andy Samberg and Bill Hader. While on stage this past Saturday, the duo pressed Spirit Award winner Matthew McConaughey for answers. (“Please let it be a smoke monster,” said Hader). Watch them geek out below.

Patton Oswalt and the Spirit Awards Are Birds of a Feather

Article: Patton Oswalt and the Spirit Awards Are Birds of a Feather

W.C. Fields once said, “Never work with children or animals.” Patton Oswalt can attest to the latter half. In the spirit of the freewheeling, high-flying Film Independent Spirit Awards, the comedian and host planned on handing out live birds instead of the usual winged statuettes at the ceremony. Unfortunately, the birds refused to cooperate, as…

Patton Oswalt Is Putting a Live Bird on the 2014 Spirit Awards

Article: Patton Oswalt Is Putting a Live Bird on the 2014 Spirit Awards

This year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards may be going to the birds, if host Patton Oswalt has anything to say about it. Oswalt is hosting the 2014 Spirit Awards and he plans to do it in style. The actor and comedian announced today that he plans to replace the ceremony’s symbolic avian trophies with a…

Get Excited: Patton Oswalt to Host 2014 Spirit Awards

Article: Get Excited: Patton Oswalt to Host 2014 Spirit Awards

Patton Oswalt, the actor, comedian and noted Twitter maestro can now add awards show host to his resumé. To celebrate their 29th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards have invited Patton Oswalt to host the show. (Hope they don’t mind if he brings 97 guests!) The ceremony will take place in a tent on the…

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