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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 JacksonWithout, Director

2011 Acura Someone to Watch Award Winner

Mike OttLittlerock, Director

2010 Acura Someone to Watch Award Winner

Kyle Patrick AlvarezEasier With Practice, Director

2009 Acura Someone to Watch Award Winner

Ramin BahraniChop 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 CourtneyWhere Soldiers Come From, Director

2011 Aveeno Truer Than Fiction Award Winner

Jeff MalmbergMarwencol, Director

2010 Chaz and Roger Ebert Truer Than Fiction Award Winner

Bill and Turner Ross45365, Directors

2009 IFC Truer Than Fiction Award Winner

Laura DunnThe Unforeseen, Director

 

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).

2013 Piaget Producers Award Winner

Mynette Louie – California Solo, Producer

2012 Piaget Producers Award Winner

Sophia LinTake Shelter, Producer

2011 Piaget Producers Award Winner

Anish SavjaniMeek’s Cutoff, Producer

2010 Piaget Producers Award Winner

Karin ChienThe Exploding Girl and Santa Mesa, Producer

2009 Piaget Producers Award Winner

Heather RaeFrozen River, Producer

2008 Piaget Producers Award Winner

Neil KoppParanoid 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 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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