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Spirit Awards Grants

Every year at the Spirit Awards, Film Independent gives out several Filmmaker Grants selected by nomination only and voted on by committees. The recipients of these awards become Film Independent Fellows and receive unrestricted cash grants of $25,000. For more information on the Spirit Awards, visit the Spirit Awards website.

Someone to Watch Award

The Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. Past winners include Marc Forster (Everything Put Together), Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha), and Larry Fessenden (Habit).

2014 Kiehl’s Since 1851 Someone to Watch Award Winner

2013 Windows Phone Someone to Watch Award Winner

2012 Acura Someone to Watch Award Winner

2011 Acura Someone to Watch Award Winner

2010 Acura Someone to Watch Award Winner

2009 Acura Someone to Watch Award Winner

Truer Than Fiction Award

The Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant attention. Past winners include Adele Horne (The Tailenders), Garrett Scott and Ian Olds (Occupation: Dreamland), Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski (Born into Brothels), and Errol Morris (Fast, Cheap & Out of Control).

2014 Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award Winner

2013 Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award Winner

2012 Aveeno Truer Than Fiction Award Winner

2011 Aveeno Truer Than Fiction Award Winner

2010 Roger and Chaz Ebert Truer Than Fiction Award Winner

2009 IFC Truer Than Fiction Award Winner

Producers Award

The Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality independent films. Past winners include Gina Kwon (Me and You and Everyone We Know), Caroline Baron (Capote), and Effie Brown (Real Women Have Curves).

2014 Piaget Producers Award Winner

2013 Piaget Producers Award Winner

2012 Piaget Producers Award Winner

2011 Piaget Producers Award Winner

2010 Piaget Producers Award Winner

2009 Piaget Producers Award Winner

2008 Piaget Producers Award Winner

Unilever Project Sunlight Bright Future Award

The Unilever Project Sunlight Bright Future Award includes a cash grant of $25,000 and honors Film Independent Fellows with projects that explore topics of sustainability.

2014 Unilever Project Sunlight Bright Future Award Winner

 

(Past Awards)

Jameson FIND Your Audience Award

The Jameson FIND Your Audience Award includes a cash grant of $50,000 designed to assist the winning filmmaker with building the right audience for his/her qualifying feature film.

2013 Jameson FIND Your Audience Award Winner

2012 Jameson FIND Your Audience Award Winner

2011 Jameson FIND Your Audience Award Winner

 

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