Spirit Awards Grants
Every year at the Spirit Awards, Film Independent gives out three 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. The Jameson Find Your Audience Award provides $50,000 to an alumnus of Film Independent’s Artist Development programs, a Los Angeles Film Festival filmmaker, or a past Spirit Awards nominee or winner.
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).
2013 Windows Phone Someone to Watch Award Winner
Adam Leon – Gimme the Loot, Director
2012 Acura Someone to Watch Award Winner
Mark Jackson – Without, Director
2011 Acura Someone to Watch Award Winner
Mike Ott – Littlerock, Director
2010 Acura Someone to Watch Award Winner
Kyle Patrick Alvarez – Easier With Practice, Director
2009 Acura Someone to Watch Award Winner
Ramin Bahrani – Chop Shop, Director
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).
2013 Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award Winner
Peter Nicks – The Waiting Room, Director
2012 Aveeno Truer Than Fiction Award Winner
Heather Courtney – Where Soldiers Come From, Director
2011 Aveeno Truer Than Fiction Award Winner
Jeff Malmberg – Marwencol, Director
2010 Chaz and Roger Ebert Truer Than Fiction Award Winner
Bill and Turner Ross – 45365, Directors
2009 IFC Truer Than Fiction Award Winner
Laura Dunn – The Unforeseen, Director
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).
2013 Piaget Producers Award Winner
Mynette Louie – California Solo, Producer
2012 Piaget Producers Award Winner
Sophia Lin – Take Shelter, Producer
2011 Piaget Producers Award Winner
Anish Savjani – Meek’s Cutoff, Producer
2010 Piaget Producers Award Winner
Karin Chien – The Exploding Girl and Santa Mesa, Producer
2009 Piaget Producers Award Winner
Heather Rae – Frozen River, Producer
2008 Piaget Producers Award Winner
Neil Kopp – Paranoid Park and Old Joy, Producer
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 audience for his or her with qualifying feature film. To learn more about the application process, click here.
2013 Jameson FIND Your Audience Award Winner
Laura Colella – Breakfast With Curtis, writer/director
2012 Jameson FIND Your Audience Award Winner
Alysa Nahmias & Benjamin Murray – Unfinished Spaces, Producers & Co-directors
2011 Jameson FIND Your Audience Award Winner
Jeff Malmberg – Marwencol
For more information on the Spirit Awards, visit SpiritAwards.com.