The Spirit Awards


The Film Independent Spirit Awards is the premier awards event for the independent film community.

In addition to being a fantastic party, the Spirit Awards ceremony brings together top talent from Hollywood and throughout the independent film world. Awards are given for Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best Feature Made for Under $500,000 (the John Cassavetes Award) and many more.

A Party on the Beach

In keeping with its Los Angeles roots, the Spirit Awards takes place each year in a beachfront tent next to the world famous Santa Monica Pier. 2020 marks the show's 35th anniversary, and it remains as exciting and original as the films and filmmakers it honors.

Vote for Independents

Winners are chosen by those in the know: Film Independent Members. Voting Members receive select nominee screeners and are invited to attend free screenings of all nominated films before choosing the winners.

Film Independent's voting Members include filmmakers, film industry leaders and film lovers. Anyone passionate about the art of film can become a Member and vote for the winners of the Spirit Awards.