As the first event to honor independent film exclusively, Film "Independent's 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 years' 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 25th 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 online and through Netflix before selecting the Spirit Award winners. (Source: Spirit Awards)
Patton Oswalt hosts the annual awards gala honoring independent films. Best Feature nominees are "12 Years a Slave," "All Is Lost," "Frances Ha," "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Nebraska."