Emerging Filmmaker Awards
Every year, exceptional emerging filmmakers are acknowledged at the Spirit Awards, with nominees and winners chosen by committee.
The winners of the 2022 Emerging Filmmaker Awards, listed below, each received an unrestricted $25,000 cash grant.
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).
2022 Producers Award Winner
2021 Producers Award Winner
2020 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).
2022 Someone to Watch Award Winner
Alex Camilleri – director, Luzzu
2021 Someone to Watch Award Winner
Ekwa Msangi – director, Farewell Amor
2020 Someone to Watch Award Winner
Rashaad Ernesto Green – director, Premature
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 Bing Liu (Minding the Gap), Adele Horne (The Tailenders), Garrett Scott and Ian Olds (Occupation: Dreamland) and Errol Morris (Fast, Cheap & Out of Control).
2022 Truer Than Fiction Award Winner
Jessica Beshir – director, Faya Dayi
2021 Truer Than Fiction Award Winner
Elegance Bratton – director, Pier Kids
2020 Truer Than Fiction Award Winner
Nadia Shihab – director, Jaddoland