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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.

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

  • Shaka King, Newlyweeds, Director

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).

2014 Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award Winner

  • Jason Osder, Let the Fire Burn

2013 Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award Winner

  • Peter Nicks, The Waiting Room

2012 Aveeno Truer Than Fiction Award Winner

  • Heather Courtney, Where Soldiers Come From

2011 Aveeno Truer Than Fiction Award Winner

  • Jeff Malmberg, Marwencol

2010 Roger and Chaz Ebert Truer Than Fiction Award Winner

  • Bill and Turner Ross, 45365

2009 IFC Truer Than Fiction Award Winner

  • Laura Dunn, The Unforeseen

 

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

  • Toby Halbrooks & James M. Johnston

2013 Piaget Producers Award Winner

  • Mynette Louie, California Solo

2012 Piaget Producers Award Winner

  • Sophia Lin, Take Shelter

2011 Piaget Producers Award Winner

  • Anish Savjani, Meek’s Cutoff

2010 Piaget Producers Award Winner

  • Karin Chien, The Exploding Girl and Santa Mesa

2009 Piaget Producers Award Winner

  • Heather Rae, Frozen River

2008 Piaget Producers Award Winner

  • Neil Kopp, Paranoid Park and Old Joy

 

UNILEVER PROJECT SUNLIGHT BRIGHT FUTURE AWARD includes a cash grant of $25,000, awarded to a Film Independent Fellow with a project that explores topics of sustainability.

2014 Unilever Project Sunlight Bright Future Award Winner

  • Patrick Creadon, If You Build It

 

PAST AWARD:

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 MurrayUnfinished Spaces, Producers & Co-directors

2011 Jameson FIND Your Audience Award Winner

Jeff MalmbergMarwencol

For more information on the Spirit Awards, visit SpiritAwards.com.

 

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