Become a Film Independent Member to receive special Spirit Awards-related benefits and cast your vote for the 2017 award winners.


Film Independent Members (and members of IFP) vote to determine the winners of the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards. View the 2017 Spirit Awards Nominees.

To learn more about Membership and become a Film Independent Member, simply click the button below. Join us and Vote for Independents!


Special screening privileges are available to voting Members during Spirit Awards season. Film Independent strives to provide an equitable opportunity for all nominated films to be seen. Here’s how:

Nominee Screening Series

Voting Members and a guest can attend free screenings of the nearly 40 nominated films in Los Angeles or New York, with select screenings in Minneapolis and Chicago. Many screenings include a Q&A with the filmmakers and/or cast.

For more information, please visit our 2017 Nominee Screening Series page.

Nominee Screeners

Spirit Award nominees are invited to provide screeners to Members for voting consideration. Members have the opportunity to view these nominated films in the comfort of their own homes and add them to their personal libraries.

PLEASE NOTE: This benefit only applies to active Members who are paid and current as of December 6, 2016 and have completed the 2017 Spirit Awards Screener Agreement.


Spirit Awards voting takes place entirely online. Eligible voters (Members of Film Independent and IFP) will have the opportunity to begin casting ballots at the close of the Nominee Screening Series in January 2017. Ballots (one per eligible voter) are cast via a secure third-party website and tabulated by Integrity Voting Systems.

Online voting will take place from late January 2017 through mid-February 2017.

Voters are strongly encouraged to vote only for nominees in categories in which they have seen ALL nominated films. Ballots will still be valid if a category is skipped.

Ready to become a Member and Vote for Independents? Click below to get started.