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28th Annual Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations Announced

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 11/28/2012

Film Independent Spirit Awards28th Annual Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations Announced

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, announced nominations for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards this week. Film Independent co-presidents Sean Mc Manus and Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at the W Hollywood, with actors Anna Kendrick, Zoe Saldana, and Common presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature include Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, Keep the Lights On, Moonrise Kingdom, and Silver Linings Playbook.

Starlet was selected to receive the annual Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.

“The nominations this year represent an astonishingly strong group of artists both in front of and behind the camera,” said Film Independent Co-president Josh Welsh. “At Film Independent, we nurture artist-driven filmmaking all year long and I can’t imagine a more fitting or worthy group of films to celebrate here today.”

Winners will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 23, 2013. The awards ceremony will be held as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, and the premiere broadcast will air later that evening at 10:00 pm ET/PT on IFC. Winners of the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants will be highlighted during the awards ceremony and announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood.


The Spirit Awards Nominating Committees selected nominees from 299 submissions this year and applied the following guidelines in determining the nominations: uniqueness of vision, original and provocative subject matter, economy of means (with particular attention paid to total production cost & individual compensation), and percentage of financing from independent sources. The Spirit Awards Nominating Committee is comprised of writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, actors, critics, casting directors, festival programmers, and other working film professionals.


As the first event to exclusively honor independent film, the Film Independent Spirit Awards has made a name for itself as the premier awards show for the independent film community. Artists who have received industry recognition first at the Spirit Awards include Joel & Ethan Coen, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Ashley Judd, Robert Rodriguez, David O. Russell, Edward Burns, Aaron Eckhart, Neil LaBute, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Hilary Swank, Marc Forster, Todd Field, Christopher Nolan, Zach Braff, Amy Adams, Lena Dunham and many more.


The Spirit Awards is also the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs. To inquire about tables at the Spirit Awards please contact 310.432.1253.


The Film Independent Spirit Awards are sponsored by Premier Sponsors Piaget and Jameson® Irish Whiskey and Lincoln and Principal Sponsor Stella Artois. WireImage is the Official Photographer and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent.


For more information on submission guidelines, voting, media and publicist credentials, and the history of the Spirit Awards, please visit




Now in its 28th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers who 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.


Awards are given in the following categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, Best Screenplay, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best International Film, Best Documentary, and the Robert Altman Award. The Filmmaker Grants include the Piaget Producers Award, Someone to Watch Award, Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award and Jameson FIND Your Audience Award.




Film Independent is a non-profit arts organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff, and constituents, is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional, or a film lover.


Film Independent produces the Spirit Awards, the annual celebration honoring artist-driven films and recognizing the finest achievements of American independent filmmakers. Film Independent also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, showcasing the best of American and international cinema and the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, a year-round, weekly program that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community and the general public.


With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent’s Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project:Involve is Film Independent’s signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.


For more information or to become a member, visit




Beasts of the Southern Wild




Keep the Lights On


Moonrise Kingdom


Silver Linings Playbook






Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom


Julia Loktev, The Loneliest Planet


David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook


Ira Sachs, Keep the Lights On


Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild






Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom


Zoe Kazan, Ruby Sparks


Martin McDonagh, 7 Psychopaths


David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook


Ira Sachs, Keep the Lights On





Fill the Void


Gimme the Loot


Safety Not Guaranteed


Sound of My Voice


The Perks of Being a Wallflower






Rama Burshtein, Fill the Void


Derek Connolly, Safety Not Guaranteed


Christopher Ford, Robot & Frank


Rashida Jones & Will McCormack, Celeste and Jesse Forever


Jonathan Lisecki, Gayby






Breakfast with Curtis, WRITER/DIRECTORPRODUCER: Laura Colella


Middle of Nowhere, WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Ava DuVernay, PRODUCERS: Howard Barish, Paul Garnes,


Mosquita y Mari, WRITER/DIRECTOR: Aurora Guerrero, PRODUCER: Chad Burris


Starlet, WRITER/DIRECTOR: Sean Baker, PRODUCERS: Blake Ashman-Kipervaser, Kevin Chinoy, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Francesca Silvestri


The Color Wheel, WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Alex Ross Perry, WRITER: Carlen Altman






Linda Cardellini, Return


Emayatzy Corinealdi, Middle of Nowhere


Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook


Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild


Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed






Jack Black, Bernie


Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook


John Hawkes, The Sessions


Thure Lindhardt, Keep the Lights On


Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe


Wendell Pierce, Four






Rosemarie DeWitt, Your Sister’s Sister


Ann Dowd, Compliance


Helen Hunt, The Sessions


Brit Marling, Sound of My Voice


Lorraine Toussaint, Middle of Nowhere






Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike


David Oyelowo, Middle of Nowhere


Michael Péna, End of Watch


Sam Rockwell, Seven Psychopaths


Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom






Yoni Brook, Valley of Saints


Lol Crawley, Here


Ben Richardson, Beasts of the Southern Wild


Roman Vasyanov, End of Watch


Robert Yeoman, Moonrise Kingdom








How to Survive a Plague


DIRECTOR: David France


PRODUCERS: David France, Howard Gertler




Marina Abramoviæ: The Artist is Present


DIRECTOR: Matthew Akers


PRODUCERS: Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre

The Central Park Five


DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon




The Invisible War


DIRECTOR: Kirby Dick


PRODUCERS: Tanner King Barklow, Amy Ziering




The Waiting Room




PRODUCERS: Linda Davis, William B. Hirsch







Once Upon A Time in Anatolia


Rust And Bone




War Witch





The 16th annual Piaget Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.


Nobody Walks PRODUCER: Alicia Van Couvering


Prince Avalanche, PRODUCER: Derrick Tseng


Stones in the Sun, PRODUCER: Mynette Louie





The 19th annual Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.


Pincus, DIRECTOR: David Fenster


Gimme the Loot, DIRECTOR: Adam Leon


Electrick Children, DIRECTOR: Rebecca Thomas






The 18th annual Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.




DIRECTOR: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel


The Waiting Room, DIRECTOR: Peter Nicks


Only the Young, DIRECTOR: Jason Tippet & Elizabeth Mims





Given to one film’s director, casting director, and ts ensemble cast


Starlet, Director: Sean Baker






Fox Searchlight


Beasts of the Southern Wild, Ruby Sparks, Sound of My Voice, The Sessions 9


Music Box Films


Keep the Lights On, Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, Starlet 7


IFC Films


Gimme the Loot, How to Survive a Plague, The Central Park Five, The Loneliest Planet, Your Sister’s Sister 6


Focus Features


Moonrise Kingdom, Return 6


Sony Pictures Classics


Amour, Celeste and Jesse Forever, Fill the Void, Rust and Bone, Smashed 6


The Weinstein Company


Silver Linings Playbook 5


AFFRM (or Participant)


Middle of Nowhere 4




Safety Not Guaranteed 2


Millenium Entertainment


Bernie 2


International Film Circuit


The Waiting Room 2


Cinema Guild


Leviathan, Once Upon A Time in Anatolia 2


CBS Films


Seven Psychopaths 2


Magnolia Pictures


Compliance, Nobody Walks 2


Open Road Films


End of Watch 2


Summit Entertainment


The Perks of Being a Wallflower 1


Docurama Films/Cinedigm Entertainment


The Invisible War 1


Oscilloscope Laboratories


Only the Young 1


Artists Public Domain


The Color Wheel 1


No Distributor


Mosquita y Mari 1


Warner Brothers


Magic Mike 1


Samuel Goldwyn Films


Robot & Frank 1


LD Entertainment


Killer Joe 1


Adopt Films


Sister 1


The Film Collaborative


Gayby 1


Strand Releasing


Here 1


Phase 4 Films


Electrick Children 1


No Distributor


Valley of Saints 1


No Distributor


Stones in the Sun 1


No Distributor


Prince Avalanche 1


No Distributor


Pincus 1


No Distributor


Four 1


No Distributor


Breakfast with Curtis 1





Silver Linings Playbook 5


Moonrise Kingdom 5


Keep the Lights On 4


Beasts of the Southern Wild 4


Middle of Nowhere 4


Starlet 2


Bernie 2


Safety Not Guaranteed 2


Sound of My Voice 2


Gimme the Loot 2


The Waiting Room 2


Fill the Void 2


End of Watch 2


Seven Psychopaths 2


The Perks of Being a Wallflower 1


Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present 1


The Central Park Five 1


The Invisible War 1


Celeste and Jesse Forever 1


How to Survive a Plague 1


Leviathan 1


Mosquita y Mari 1


Only the Young 1


The Color Wheel 1


The Sessions 1


Amour 1


Robot & Frank 1


Breakfast with Curtis 1


Four 1


Gayby 1


Here 1


Compliance 1


Killer Joe 1


Magic Mike 1


Nobody Walks 1


Once Upon A Time in Anatolia 1


Pincus 1


Prince Avalanche 1


Return 1


Ruby Sparks 1


Rust and Bone 1


Sister 1


Smashed 1


Stones in the Sun 1


The Loneliest Planet 1


Electrick Children 1


Valley of Saints 1


War Witch 1


Your Sister’s Sister 1


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