32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced


$75,000 In Grants To Be Awarded To Filmmakers, Including The 10th Anniversary Of Piaget Producers Award

Spirit Awards To Be Broadcast Live Exclusively On Ifc, Saturday, February 25, 2017 2:00 PM PT / 5:00 PM ET

Get Ready For The Most Eventful Awards Seasons Yet, Starting Now. Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the LA Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA, announced nominations for the 2017 Spirit Awards. The Awards are the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and fi_spiritawards_primary_logopromote diversity in the industry. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at W Hollywood, with actors Jenny Slate and Edgar Ramirez presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included American Honey, Chronic, Jackie, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight.

Now in its 32nd year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.

Now more than ever, the voices of independent artists play a critically important role in our culture,” said Welsh. “The films we celebrate at this year’s Spirit Awards embody the diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision that we champion all year long.”

Moonlight was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast (Director: Barry Jenkins Casting Director: Yesi Ramirez Ensemble Cast: Mahershala Ali, Patrick Decile, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders ). The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman who was known for creating extraordinary ensemble casts.


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Best Feature (Award given to the producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

  • American Honey (Producers: Thomas Benski, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Lucas Ochoa, Pouya Shahbazian, Alice Weinberg)
  • Chronic (Producers: Michel Franco, Gina Kwon, Gabriel Ripstein, Moisés Zonana)
  • Jackie (Producers: Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Ari Handel, Juan de Dios Larraín, Mickey Liddell)
  • Manchester by the Sea (Producers: Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh)
  • Moonlight (Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski)

Best First Feature (Award given to the director and producer)

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  • The Childhood of a Leader (Director: Brady Corbet Producers: Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Chris Coen, Ron Curtis, Helena Danielsson, Mona Fastvold, István Major)
  • The Fits (Director/Producer: Anna Rose Holmer Producer: Lisa Kjerulff)
  • Other People (Director: Chris Kelly Producers: Sam Bisbee, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott)
  • Swiss Army Man (Directors: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert Producers: Miranda Bailey, Lawrence Inglee, Lauren Mann, Amanda Marshall, Eyal Rimmon, Jonathan Wang)
  • The Witch (Director: Robert Eggers Producers: Daniel Bekerman, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond, Rodrigo Teixeira)

John Cassavetes Award – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.

  • Free In Deed (Writer/Director: Jake Mahaffy Producers: Mike Bowes, Mike S. Ryan, Brent Stiefel)
  • Hunter Gatherer (Writer/Director: Josh Locy Producers: Michael Covino, April Lamb, Sara Murphy, Isaiah Smallman)
  • Lovesong (Writer/Director: So Yong Kim Writer/Producer: Bradley Rust Gray Producers: David Hansen, Alex Lipschultz, Johnny Mac)
  • Nakom (Writer/Director/Producer: TW Pittman Director/Producer: Kelly Daniela Norris Writer/Producer: Isaac Adakudugu Producer: Giovanni Ximénez)
  • Spa Night (Writer/Director: Andrew Ahn Producers: David Ariniello, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Kelly Thomas)

Best Director

  • Andrea Arnold American Honey
  • Barry Jenkins Moonlight
  • Pablo Larraín Jackie
  • Jeff Nichols Loving
  • Kelly Reichardt Certain Women

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  • Barry Jenkins Story By Tarell Alvin McCraneyMoonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan Manchester by the Sea
  • Mike Mills 20th Century Women
  • Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias Little Men
  • Taylor Sheridan Hell or High Water

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  • Robert Eggers The Witch
  • Chris Kelly Other People
  • Adam Mansbach Barry
  • Stella Meghie Jean of the Joneses
  • Craig Shilowich Christine

Best Cinematographychildhood_of_a_leader_ver2

  • Ava Berkofsky Free In Deed
  • Lol Crawley The Childhood of a Leader
  • Zach Kuperstein The Eyes of My Mother
  • James Laxton Moonlight
  • Robbie Ryan American Honey

Best Editinghell_or_high_water_ver3

  • Matthew Hannam Swiss Army Man
  • Jennifer Lame Manchester by the Sea
  • Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders Moonlight
  • Jake Roberts Hell or High Water
  • Sebastián Sepúlveda Jackie

Best Female Lead

  • Annette Bening 20th Century Women
  • Isabelle Huppert Elle
  • Sasha Lane American Honey
  • Ruth Negga Loving
  • Natalie Portman Jackie

Best Male Lead

  • Casey Affleck Manchester by the Sea
  • David Harewood Free In Deed
  • Viggo Mortensen Captain Fantastic
  • Jesse Plemons Other People
  • Tim Roth Chronic

Best Supporting Female

  • Edwina Findley Free In Deed
  • Paulina Garcia Little Men
  • Lily Gladstone Certain Women
  • Riley Keough American Honey
  • Molly Shannon Other People

Best Supporting Male

  • Ralph Fiennes A Bigger Splash
  • Ben Foster Hell or High Water
  • Lucas Hedges Manchester by the Sea
  • Shia LaBeouf American Honey
  • Craig Robinson Morris from America

Best Documentary (Award given to the director and producer)i_am_not_your_negro

  • 13th (Director/Producer: Ava DuVernay Producers: Spencer Averick, Howard Barish)
  • Cameraperson (Director/Producer: Kirsten Johnson Producer: Marilyn Ness)
  • I Am Not Your Negro (Director/Producer: Raoul Peck Producers: Rémi Grellety, Hérbert Peck)
  • O.J.: Made in America (Director/Producer: Ezra Edelman Producers: Nina Krstic, Tamara Rosenberg, Caroline Waterlow)
  • Sonita (Director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami Producer: Gerd Haag)
  • Under the Sun (Director: Vitaly Mansky Producer: Natalya Manskaya)

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SCAD Announces Line-Up For 2016 Savannah Film Festival

Jackie” to Open Fest; “La La Land” and “Arrival” set as Spotlight and Centerpiece Gala Screenings

Additional Gala Screenings and Docs to Watch Announced

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has announce its line-up of films for the 2016 Savannah Film Festival, including Gala Screenings, Signature Series, Docs to Watch and a new Global Shorts Forum. The festival will launch on Saturday, Oct. 22 with “Jackie” and will feature the Spotlight Gala Screening of “La La Land” and Centerpiece Gala Screening of “Arrival.”

SCAD Savannah Film Festival

Savannah Film Festival (PRNewsFoto/SCAD)

Hosted by SCAD, the annual event has celebrated cinematic creativity from award-winning professionals and emerging filmmakers for 19 years. The festival will be held in downtown Savannah, Georgia, and runs from Saturday, Oct. 22 to Saturday, Oct. 29.

The 19th annual festival gathers a diverse group of industry professionals from all fields of the business to participate in panels and Q&A discussions on several topics about the film, television and digital media business. More importantly, the Festival, and the competition, provides students with opportunities as unique as the movies on the screen. It’s a chance for SCAD students to exclusively connect with leaders from the entertainment industry through master classes, coffee talks, lectures and panel discussions and a chance for Savannah, a premier film hub, to promote quality movies produced by independent and studio filmmakers.


Opening Gala Screening: “Jackie” – A searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). “Jackie” places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well. Director: Pablo Larrain. Cast: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and John Hurt.la_la_land_xlg-1

Spotlight Gala Screening: “La La Land” – Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. Director: Damien Chazelle. Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and John Legend.arrival_ver3_xlg

Centerpiece Gala Screening: “Arrival” – When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team — led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) — is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers — and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. Director: Denis Villeneuve. Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg and Mark O’Brien.

GALA SCREENINGS: The annual Gala Screenings spotlight upcoming studio films before their wide releases, including this year’s entries: Continue reading