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LOS ANGELES (March 2, 2018) – Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival, announced its sponsors for the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards, which will be held on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, the awards ceremony will be broadcast live on IFC at 2:00 pm PT / 5:00 pm ET.Now in its 33rd year, the Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.

The Spirit Awards are sponsored by Premier Sponsors American Airlines, AT&T, IFC and the Jeep brand; Principal Sponsors, Piaget and Visit Seattle; and Supporting Sponsor Truly Spiked & Sparkling. Bulleit Frontier Whiskey is the Official Spirit. FIJI Water is the Official Water. Landmark Vineyards is the Official Wine. Lindt is the Official Confectioner. Getty Images is the Official Photographer.

American Airlines is proud to return for its fourth year as the official airline and a Premier Sponsor of the Spirit Awards. This year, in partnership with Film Independent, American is recognizing the importance of women in film and in every industry by awarding $50,000 to independent female filmmakers. The Bonnie Award is named after Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo, the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. Bonnie flew for American for 26 years before retiring. She will be attending the Spirit Awards this Saturday. American is committed to the community in Los Angeles through local partnerships and community projects and, as the preferred airline of the entertainment industry, has formed an advisory council of influencers from leading entertainment corporations to shape future decisions. American offers up to 225 flights per day from LAX to 70 destinations worldwide.

AT&T is excited to be a part of this year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards. AT&T is committed to supporting the art of filmmaking through access, innovation and technology with creators around the globe. As one of the largest communications and entertainment companies, AT&T helps millions connect to their passions – no matter where they are. We’re one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV.

We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. We also help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and highly secure cloud solutions. Additional information about AT&T (NYSE:T) and its products and services is available at our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at and YouTube at

Built on more than 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continues to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence. The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Renegade, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.

For the eleventh year, Piaget is a sponsor of the Film Independent Spirit Awards. The luxury jewelry and watch company is proud to support talent with the Piaget Producers Award in recognition of outstanding creative vision and achievement. Piaget invites guests to experience the Sunny Side of Life at its artistic installation just off the carpet and create a memento of this special day.

Visit Seattle is excited to be a part of this year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards for the first time. Visit Seattle, a private nonprofit, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. As one of the most creative cities in the world, Seattle continues to create a great home for filmmakers, artists and artisans. This year, through the Seattle Story Award, Visit Seattle is recognizing the contributions of this community and reinforcing their belief that entertainment-based content is a rich and powerful way to share the city’s story. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region. For more information, visit and enjoy all of Visit Seattle’s content at

Truly Spiked & Sparkling is a clean, crisp and refreshing spiked sparkling water with a hint of fruit. The innovators behind Truly Spiked & Sparkling worked tirelessly to develop a beverage that was not only delicious, but a spiked option with lower calories and carbs. With just 100 calories, 1 gram of sugars, and 5% ABV, Truly Spiked & Sparkling is crafted with simple, naturally gluten-free ingredients and contains alcohol made from cane sugar.  Perfect for those looking to balance their social life and wellness routine. Truly is available in eight delicious styles: Wild Berry, Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, Pomegranate, Sicilian Blood Orange, Lemon & Yuzu, Blueberry & Acai, and Raspberry & Lime. For more information, visit, and on InstagramFacebook, or Twitter. #LiveTruly Hard Seltzer Beverage Company, LLC, an affiliate of the Boston Beer Company.

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey has always been passionate about supporting emerging and independent artists, creatives, bartenders and others who embody the spirit of the modern frontier, which is why Bulleit and the Film Independent Spirit Awards have partnered again for the second consecutive year to highlight the cultural frontier of filmmaking. As the official spirits sponsor, Bulleit will feature the Bulleit Woody Tailgate Trailer and specialty cocktails for guests to enjoy in the Bulleit Frontier Works Experience at the 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Bulleit Distilling Co. was founded in 1987 by Tom Bulleit, whose Bulleit Bourbon is inspired by a family tradition. Bulleit whiskeys use a large amount of rye grain, which gives them their distinctive bold, spicy taste. Bulleit ranks as one of the fastest-growing whiskeys in America, which Tom largely credits to word of mouth recommendations. For more information, visit and @Bulleit on Instagram.

For the fourth consecutive year, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the finest apothecary skincare brand known for its combination of nature, science and service, is proud to support the Film Independent Spirit Awards by sponsoring the Someone To Watch Grant. The brand is honored to be a part of this event, highlighting the talented filmmakers and actors that work within the community. This year, Spirit Awards guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy an assortment of Kiehl’s products in the event facilities. In addition, Kiehl’s is thrilled to support Film Independent’s signature diversity program, Project Involve. As Lead Funder of Project Involve Short Film production, Kiehl’s helps cultivate the careers of filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the industry. To learn more about Kiehl’s, please visit, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram @KiehlsNYC.

For the fifth consecutive year, FIJI® Water will serve as the Official Water of the 33rd Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards honoring excellence in American independent filmmaking. FIJI Water® will be tray passed to guests upon arrival and will be featured on every table inside the award show during the televised ceremony. FIJI® Water, natural artesian water bottled at the source in Viti Levu (Fiji Islands), is the No. 1 imported premium bottled water in the United States. FIJI Water, known for its iconic square bottle, soft mouth feel and unique mineral profile, is the water of choice among discerning consumers and top chefs. Widely available at fine restaurants and hotels, all major retail channels and through a convenient home/business delivery service, FIJI Water has expanded globally to more than 80 countries. To discover Earth’s Finest Water, please visit, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

Landmark Vineyards will return as the Official Wine of the 33rd Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards honoring excellence in American independent filmmaking.  Landmark Vineyards will exclusively pour its signature Overlook Chardonnay and Overlook Pinot Noir at the Spirit Awards’ televised ceremony. With its elegant label and beautifully balanced flavors, the Landmark Overlook Chardonnay and Overlook Pinot Noir will be placed on every table inside the award show and enjoyed by some of the biggest stars and industry leaders. Landmark Vineyards has dedicated over 40 years to expressing California’s finest winegrowing regions for both its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Its signature wine, the Overlook Chardonnay, has appeared on The Wine Spectator Top 100 list seven times. Landmark’s wines may be purchased via select wine shops and restaurants, or directly from Landmark’s Tasting Room, on-line store, or through membership in the Wine Society.

Lindt will provide custom, limited edition LINDOR gift boxes for the tables at the 33rdFilm Independent Spirit Awards. The striking red box, which will be available for purchase in a limited quantity on, will be filled with Lindt Chocolate’s iconic, irresistibly smooth melting LINDOR milk chocolate truffles and serve as a gift for guests to take home with them or enjoy throughout the show. With more than 170 years of history and Swiss tradition, Lindt & Sprüngli is a global leader in the premium chocolate category, offering high quality products in more than 120 countries. Lindt & Sprüngli operates 12 production facilities in Europe and the United States and employs more than 12,000 worldwide. Lindt Chocolate USA operates more than 60 retail stores in the U.S. and maintains wide distribution through extensive retail and wholesale channels. For more information on Lindt, visit



Film Independent is a nonprofit arts organization that champions independent visual storytelling and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff and constituents is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a Member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional or a film lover.

In addition to producing the Spirit Awards, Film Independent produces the LA Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, a year-round, weekly program that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community and the general public.

With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent’s Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent’s signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.

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