Spirit Awards Grants
Every year at the Spirit Awards, Film Independent gives out several Filmmaker Grants, with nominees and winners selected and voted on by committee.
The 2018 Spirit Awards Grants will be presented at the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants and Nominee Brunch on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood. This year, The Bonnie Award sponsored by American Airlines and the Seattle Story Award funded by Visit Seattle will be presented for the first time.
The Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality independent films. The recipients of this award become Film Independent Fellows and receive unrestricted cash grants of $25,000. Past winners include Gina Kwon (Me and You and Everyone We Know), Caroline Baron (Capote) and Effie Brown (Real Women Have Curves).
2017 Piaget Producers Award Winner
2016 Piaget Producers Award Winner
2015 Piaget 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 and receive unrestricted cash grants of $25,000. Past winners include Marc Forster (Everything Put Together), Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha) and Larry Fessenden (Habit).
2017 Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award Winner
Anna Rose Holmer, Director, The Fits
2016 Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award Winner
Felix Thompson, Director, King Jack
2015 Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award Winner
Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia, Directors, H
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 and receive unrestricted cash grants of $25,000. 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).
2017 Truer Than Fiction Award Winner
Nanfu Wang, Hooligan Sparrow
2016 Truer Than Fiction Award Winner
Elizabeth Chai Vaserhelyi, Incorruptible
2015 LensCrafters Truer Than Fiction Award Winner
Dan Krauss, The Kill Team