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By: Film Independent | August 14, 2012


WHAT: The 28th Film Independent Spirit Awards will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 with the ceremony airing exclusively on IFC. The location and broadcast time will be announced soon. The nominations will be announced on Tuesday, November 27 at 10:00 am PST, with the location of the press conference forthcoming. Premiere sponsors for this year's ceremony are Piaget and Jameson® Irish Whiskey.

Film Independent is accepting submissions for the Spirit Awards beginning TODAY, with the regular deadline of Tuesday, September 18 and the final deadline of Tuesday, October 16.

WHERE: Submission guidelines, online submission form, and more information can be found at Media and publicist credential applications will be available starting November 27.

DETAILS: Now in its 28th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is a celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards has become the vanguard event in independent film, recognizing the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promoting the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.

Awards are given in the following categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, Best Screenplay, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best narrative feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best International Film, Best Documentary, and the Robert Altman Award. The Filmmaker Grants include the Someone to Watch Award, Truer Than Fiction Award, and Piaget Producers Award.

Film Independent is a non-profit arts 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 an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent's Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff, and constituents, is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional, or a film lover.

Film Independent produces the Spirit Awards, the annual celebration honoring artist-driven films and recognizing the finest achievements of American independent filmmakers. Film Independent also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, showcasing the best of American and international cinema and the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, a year-round, weekly program that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community and the general public.

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's Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent's signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.

For more information or to become a member, visit

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