New Works by Veteran Indie Filmmakers Share Top Honors at 2009 Film Independent’s Spirit Awards
The 2009 Film Independent’s Spirit Awards was held
This year’s major category winners were Fox Searchlight Pictures’ The Wrestler, which won Best Feature, Best Male Lead (
Also given was the 2nd annual
Film Independent’s Spirit Awards ceremony is sponsored by IFC, Netflix, ELLE, AMC, Piaget, and LACOSTE. Principal Sponsors are Acura, Heineken, Garnier, and Australia.com. The official spirits of the Spirit Awards were provided by
The ceremony aired live on IFC (Independent Film Channel), beginning at
The following is a complete list of the winners: Best Feature Fox Searchlight Pictures The Wrestler Producers: Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin Best Director Overture Films Tom McCarthy The Visitor Best Screenplay The Weinstein Company Woody Allen Vicky Cristina Barcelona Best First Feature Sony Pictures Classics Synecdoche, New York Director: Charlie Kaufman Producers: Anthony Bregman, Spike Jonze Charlie Kaufman, Sidney Kimmel Best First Screenplay Focus Features Dustin Lance Black Milk John Cassavetes Award IFC Films (For the Best Feature made for under $500,000) Writer/Director: Alex Holdridge In Search of a Midnight Kiss Producers: Seth Caplan, Scoot McNairy Best Supporting Female The Weinstein Company Penelope Cruz Vicky Cristina Barcelona Best Supporting Male Focus Features James Franco Milk Best Female Lead Sony Pictures Classics Melissa Leo Frozen River Best Male Lead Fox Searchlight Pictures Mickey Rourke The Wrestler Best Cinematography Fox Searchlight Pictures Maryse Alberti The Wrestler Best Foreign Film Sony Pictures Classics The Class Director: Laurent Cantet Best Documentary Magnolia Pictures Man on Wire James Marsh 2008 FILM INDEPENDENT'S SPIRIT AWARD WINNERS BY DISTRIBUTOR FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES 3 SONY PICTURES CLASSICS 3 THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY 2 FOCUS FEATURES 2 IFC FILMS 1 MAGNOLIA PICTURES 1 OVERTURE FILMS 1
Presenters and musical performances included:
Celebrity Guests and Nominees included:
ABOUT FILM INDEPENDENT’S SPIRIT AWARDS
Film Independent’s Spirit Awards is a celebration honoring films made by filmmakers who embody independence and who dare to challenge the status quo. Televised in millions of homes and covered internationally by the press, the Spirit Awards has become the vanguard event in independent film, recognizing the achievements of independent filmmakers and promoting independent film to a wider audience.
Selected from more than 250 submissions, awards are given in the following categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, Best Screenplay,
The Spirit Awards Nominating Committees apply the following guidelines in making its selections:
1. Uniqueness of vision
2. Original, provocative subject matter
3. Economy of means (with particular attention paid to total production cost and individual compensation)
4. Percentage of financing from independent sources
Eligible films must be at least 70 minutes long, and the cost of the completed film, including post-production, must be under
After the committees select the nominees, the members of Film Independent, as well as the members of IFP, cast the final votes. Voters attend nominee screenings and view nominated films through Netflix before selecting the winners.
This year’s nominees for Best Feature were Ballast, Frozen River, Rachel Getting Married, Wendy and Lucy, and The Wrestler. Best First Feature nominees were Afterschool, Medicine for Melancholy, Sangre de mi Sangre, Sleep Dealer, and Synecdoche,
Last year’s Spirit Award winners included Juno, which won Best Feature, Best Female Lead (
ABOUT FILM INDEPENDENT
Film Independent is a non-profit membership organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds the audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, film industry leader, or a film lover.
With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent also offers free Filmmaker Labs for selected writers, directors, and producers; provides cut-rate services for filmmakers; and presents year-round networking opportunities. Film Independent’s mentorship and job placement program, Project:Involve, pairs emerging culturally-diverse filmmakers with film industry professionals.
Film Independent produces the
For more information or to become a member, visit FilmIndependent.org
SOURCE Film Independent