Information, details and resources for eligible 2020 Spirit Awards voters


Only Film Independent Members vote to determine the winners of the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards. If you’re passionate about film, we urge you to join and make your voice heard – Vote for Independents! Plus Los Angeles-based Members have the opportunity to see every nominated film theatrically, for free, starting in January 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to join Film Independent as a Member eligible for 2020 Spirit Awards voting privileges and benefits was December 5, 2019. To view/receive nominee screeners, eligible Members must complete the Spirit Awards Screener Agreement by December 13, 2019.


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 all of the nominated films here in Los Angeles. Many screenings include a conversation with cast & crew.

Nominee Screeners

Members are invited to view digital titles of participating nominated films online, through Film Independent’s Nominee Screening Room portal, or receive DVD screeners by mail directly from the nominees/distributors. Providing screeners is optional for nominees, but many choose to participate.


Spirit Awards voting takes place entirely online. Eligible voters will have the opportunity to begin casting ballots in late January. Ballots (one per eligible voter) are cast via a secure third-party website and tabulated by Integrity Voting Systems.

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.