The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation's premier advocacy organization for independent filmmakers, announced today the top five nominees for the 4th annual Gotham Independent Film Audience Award, voted on by the independent film community and film fans worldwide. To be eligible, a U.S. film must have won an audience award at one of the top 50 U.S. or Canadian film festivals from December 2012 through October 2013. The winner will be revealed at the Gotham Awards ceremony.
First round voting began October 24th and ended November 5th at 12:00 am, and comprised 36 audience award-winning films from the top 50 US and Canadian film festivals. Round two voting begins November 8th at 10:00 am to select a final winner and ends November 24th at 11:59 pm. Filmgoers can vote online for their favorite film at http://gotham.ifp.org/audience_award.
"IFP's Gotham Independent Film Audience Award, in partnership with Festival Genius, showcase films from the festival circuit that have captured audience attention and passion," said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. "We are very proud to provide this platform for audiences to vote for their favorite films of the year and recognize the winner as part of the Gotham Independent Film Awards."
2013 Gotham Audience Award Nominees
12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen, director; Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Anthony Katagas, producers
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Ryan Coogler, director; Nina Young Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, producers
(The Weinstein Company)
Best Kept Secret
Samantha Buck, director; Danielle DiGiacomo, producer
(Argot Pictures and P.O.V./American Documentary)
Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey
Ramona S. Diaz, director; Capella Fahoome Brogden, Ramona S. Diaz, producers
Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings
Tadashi Nakamura, director; Donald Young, producer
(Center for Asian American Media and PBS)
As the first major awards ceremony of the film season, the Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP provide critical early recognition and media attention to worthy independent films. The awards are also unique for their ability to assist in catapulting award recipients prominently into national awards season attention, including recent winners and ultimate Oscar® contenders.
The Premier Sponsors of the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP are Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and The New York Times, Platinum Sponsor euphoria Calvin Klein, Official Water FIJI Water, Official Spirit Russian Standard Vodka, Official Wine Partner Mionetto Prosecco, Official Hotel Andaz Wall Street. Additionally, the awards will be promoted nationally in an eight-page special advertising section in The New York Times on November 22nd, 2013.
The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) is the premier advocacy organization for independent filmmakers, championing the future of storytelling in the digital age by fostering a vibrant and sustainable independent filmmaking community. IFP has supported over 7,000 films and offered resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers over its 34-year history, developing 350 new feature and documentary films each year. IFP represents a growing network of 10,000 filmmakers in New York City and around the world.
IFP guides filmmakers in the art, technology, and business of independent filmmaking through its year-round programming and with the introduction of the state-of-the-art Made in NY Media Center by IFP, a new incubator space developed with the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, where storytellers from multiple disciplines, industries, and platforms create, collaborate, and connect.
In addition to its workshops, seminars, conferences, mentorships, and Filmmaker Magazine, IFP's annual programs include Independent Film WeekTM, EnvisionTM, The Gotham Independent Film AwardsTM, and the Independent Filmmaker LabsTM.
Founded in 1979, IFP is the largest and oldest not-for-profit dedicated to independent film. More info at www.ifp.org
About the Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP
The Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP, selected by distinguished juries and presented in New York City, the home of independent film, are the first honors of the film awards season. This public showcase honors the filmmaking community, expands the audience for independent films, and supports the work that IFP does behind the scenes throughout the year to bring such films to fruition.
For information on attending: http://gotham.ifp.org