Your Film Independent Spirit Awards questions—answered.

Is it true that the date of next year’s Spirit Awards has changed?

Yes, the date of the upcoming Film Independent Spirit Awards has changed. Originally scheduled for February 27, the show will now take place on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

How does that change affect my film’s eligibility?

Taking into consideration the unique challenges the world of cinema, and the world as a whole, is currently experiencing, we will recognize films released between January 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.

When can I get more details about eligibility and submissions?

For now, we’re continuing to assess the still-developing impact of coronavirus/COVID-19 on the filmmaking community. We’ll provide updates regarding eligibility requirements and submissions here at filmindependent.org later this summer.

Will there be any changes to how winners are selected?

No changes there. Film Independent Members vote to decide the winners of the Spirit Awards each year, and they enjoy a number of additional Spirit Awards-related benefits.

Become a Member today and you’ll be eligible to vote in 2021.

I’d like my company/business to be featured at the Spirit Awards.

Not sure if a declarative statement should have made it into a list of questions, but we wrote this, so you’re off the hook. We offer a range of Spirit Awards sponsorship and advertising opportunities. To learn more, email Kate Walker D’Angelo, Senior Director of Development, at kwalker@filmindependent.org.

I still have questions…

We’re here to help! You can reach us via email at spiritawards@filmindependent.org.