Announcements To Be Held At The W Hollywood On November 27. Film Independent Co-Presidents Sean Mc Manus and Josh Welsh jointly announced today this year's 2013 Spirit Award nominees will be presented by actors Anna Kendrick (End Of Watch, Up In The Air), Zoe Saldana (Star Trek, Out Of The Furnace), and Common (Just Wright, Smokin' Aces) in a press conference at 10:00 am PT on Tuesday, November 27 at The W Hollywood. The three presenters have all been involved with Film Independent in the past. Aside from being a two-time Spirit Award nominee, Kendrick performed at the Los Angeles Film Festival when her movie Camp screened, Common was an artist in residence during the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival, and Saldana has served as a presenter on past Spirit Awards.
"Anna, Zoe and Common have become an integral part of the Film Independent family and we are honored to have them join us for this big moment to announce and celebrate the best independent artists of the year," said Mc Manus.
Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, will announce the winners on February 23 at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The live-to-tape event is held under Film Independent's signature tent on the beach in Santa Monica and will premiere later that evening on IFC at 10:00 pm ET/PT.
Spirit 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 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, Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award, Piaget Producers Award and the Jameson FIND Your Audience Award.
The Film Independent Spirit Awards are sponsored by Premier Sponsors Piaget andJameson® Irish Whiskey and Lincoln and Principal Sponsor Stella Artois. WireImage is the Official Photographer and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent.
ABOUT THE FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS
Now in its 28th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.
The Film Independent Spirit Awards are sponsored by Premier Sponsors Piaget, Jameson® Irish Whiskey and Lincoln, and Principal Sponsor Stella Artois. WireImage is the Official Photographer and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent.
ABOUT FILM INDEPENDENT
Film Independent is a nonprofit arts organization that champion's 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 filmmakersfrom communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.
For more information or to become a member, visit FilmIndependent.org.