Emerging Filmmaker Awards
Every year, exceptional emerging filmmakers are acknowledged at the Spirit Awards, with nominees and winners chosen by committee.
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).
2021 Producers Award Winner
2020 Producers Award Winner
2019 Producers Award Winner
SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
The Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The recipients of this award become Film Independent Fellows. Past winners include Marc Forster (Everything Put Together), Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha) and Larry Fessenden (Habit).
2021 Someone to Watch Award Winner
2020 Someone to Watch Award Winner
Rashaad Ernesto Green, Director, Premature
2019 Someone to Watch Award Winner
Alex Moratto, Director, Sócrates
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. The recipients of this award become Film Independent Fellows. 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).
2021 Truer Than Fiction Award Winner
2020 Truer Than Fiction Award Winner
Nadia Shihab, Jaddoland
2019 Truer Than Fiction Award Winner
Bing Liu, Minding the Gap