Curious About the Film Independent Spirit Awards 2024? Discover Everything You Need to Know Here and full list of winners!

The glitz and glamour of Hollywood often overshadow the vibrant world of independent cinema. However, the Film Independent Spirit Awards stand tall, recognizing and celebrating the audacious voices and captivating stories that independent filmmakers bring to life.

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Film Independent Spirit Awards: A Legacy of Championing Indie Cinema

Founded in 1981, the Film Independent Spirit Awards, often referred to as the “Spirit Awards,” have become a cherished tradition in the film industry. Unlike their Academy Award counterparts, the Spirit Awards focus solely on independent films, with a budget cap and specific distribution criteria. This ensures that the spotlight shines on smaller productions that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Film Independent Spirit Awards: Categories and Recognition:

The Spirit Awards boast an array of categories, recognizing excellence in various aspects of filmmaking. From Best Feature and Best Director to Best Screenplay and Best Acting, the awards honor the creative minds and dedicated talents behind independent films. Winning a Spirit Award is not just an honor; it often serves as a launching pad for filmmakers and actors, propelling them towards wider recognition and career success.

A Celebration of Diversity and Innovation of Film Independent Spirit Awards:

The Spirit Awards have consistently championed diverse voices and stories. Films exploring a multitude of genres, themes, and cultural experiences find a platform at the ceremony. This commitment to inclusivity has fostered a vibrant and dynamic independent film scene, enriching the cinematic landscape with unique perspectives and narratives.

Beyond the Awards of Film Independent Spirit Awards:

The Film Independent Spirit Awards extend their reach beyond the ceremony. They actively support and empower independent filmmakers through various initiatives, including workshops, grants, and mentorship programs. This dedication to fostering a thriving independent film community ensures that the spirit of innovation and storytelling continues to flourish.

Film Independent Spirit Awards : The 2024 Ceremony

The 38th Film Independent Spirit Awards were held on February 26, 2024, in Santa Monica, California. The ceremony, known for its intimate and celebratory atmosphere, brought together the independent film community to recognize outstanding achievements and celebrate the power of independent cinema.

In conclusion, the Film Independent Spirit Awards play a crucial role in nurturing and celebrating independent filmmaking. By recognizing diverse voices and innovative storytelling, the Spirit Awards continue to be a beacon of hope and inspiration for aspiring filmmakers and a testament to the captivating power of independent cinema.

Here is a list of winners of Film Independent Spirit Award:


Best Feature

  • All of Us Strangers
  • American Fiction
  • May December
  • Passages
  • Past Lives (WINNER)
  • We Grown Now

Best First Feature

  • All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt
  • Chronicles of a Wandering Saint
  • Earth Mama
  • A Thousand and One (WINNER)
  • Upon Entry

John Cassavetes Award

  • The Artifice Girl
  • Cadejo Blanco
  • Fremont (WINNER)
  • Rotting in the Sun
  • The Unknown Country

Best Director

  • Andrew Haigh, All of Us Strangers
  • Todd Haynes, May December
  • William Oldroyd, Eileen
  • Ira Sachs, Passages
  • Celine Song, Past Lives (WINNER)

Best Screenplay

  • David Hemingson, The Holdovers
  • Cord Jefferson, American Fiction (WINNER)
  • Laura Moss and Brendan J. O’Brien, Birth/Rebirth
  • Emma Seligman and Rachel Sennott, Bottoms
  • Celine Song, Past Lives

Best First Screenplay

  • Samy Burch; Story by Samy Burch, Alex Mechanik, May December (WINNER)
  • Noah Galvin, Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman, Ben Platt, Theater Camp
  • Tomás Gómez Bustillo, Chronicles of a Wandering Saint
  • Laurel Parmet, The Starling Girl
  • Alejandro Rojas, Juan Sebastián Vásquez, Upon Entry

Best Lead Performance

  • Jessica Chastain, Memory
  • Greta Lee, Past Lives
  • Trace Lysette, Monica
  • Natalie Portman, May December
  • Judy Reyes, Birth/Rebirth
  • Franz Rogowski, Passages
  • Andrew Scott, All of Us Strangers
  • Teyana Taylor, A Thousand and One
  • Jeffrey Wright, American Fiction (WINNER)
  • Teo Yoo, Past Lives

Best Supporting Performance

  • Erika Alexander, American Fiction
  • Sterling K. Brown, American Fiction
  • Noah Galvin, Theater Camp
  • Anne Hathaway, Eileen
  • Glenn Howerton, BlackBerry
  • Marin Ireland, Eileen
  • Charles Melton, May December
  • Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers (WINNER)
  • Catalina Saavedra, Rotting in the Sun
  • Ben Whishaw, Passages

Best Breakthrough Performance

  • Marshawn Lynch, Bottoms
  • Atibon Nazaire, Mountains
  • Tia Nomore, Earth Mama
  • Dominic Sessa, The Holdovers (WINNER)
  • Anaita Wali Zada, Fremont

Best Cinematography

  • Katelin Arizmendi, Monica
  • Eigil Bryld, The Holdovers (WINNER)
  • Jomo Fray, All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt
  • Pablo Lozano, Chronicles of a Wandering Saint
  • Pat Scola, We Grown Now

Best Editing

  • Santiago Cendejas, Gabriel Díaz, Sofía Subercaseaux, Rotting in the Sun
  • Stephanie Filo, We Grown Now
  • Daniel Garber, How to Blow Up a Pipeline (WINNER)
  • Jon Philpot, Theater Camp
  • Emanuele Tiziani, Upon Entry

Robert Altman Award

  • Showing Up (WINNER)

Best Documentary

  • Bye Bye Tiberias
  • Four Daughters (WINNER)
  • Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project
  • Kokomo City
  • The Mother of All Lies

Best International Film

  • Anatomy of a Fall (WINNER)
  • Godland
  • Mami Wata
  • Tótem
  • The Zone of Interest

Producers Award

  • Rachael Fung
  • Graham Swon
  • Monique Walton (WINNER)

Someone to Watch Award

  • Joanna Arnow, Director of The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something Has Passed
  • Laura Moss, Director of Birth/Rebirth
  • Monica Sorelle, Director of Mountains (WINNER)

Truer Than Fiction Award

  • Set Hernandez, director of unseen (WINNER)
  • Jesse Short Bull and Laura Tomaselli, directors of Lakota Nation vs. United States
  • Sierra Urich, director of Joonam

Television Categories

Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series

  • Deadlocked: How America Shaped the Supreme Court
  • Dear Mama (WINNER)
  • Murder in Big Horn
  • Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence
  • Wrestlers

Best New Scripted Series

  • Beef (WINNER)
  • Dreaming Whilst Black
  • I’m a Virgo
  • Jury Duty
  • Slip

Best Lead Performance in a New Scripted Series

  • Emma Corrin, A Murder at the End of the World
  • Dominique Fishback, Swarm
  • Betty Gilpin, Mrs. Davis
  • Jharrel Jerome, I’m a Virgo
  • Zoe Lister-Jones, Slip
  • Bel Powley, A Small Light
  • Bella Ramsey, The Last of Us
  • Ramón Rodríguez, Will Trent
  • Ali Wong, Beef (WINNER)
  • Steven Yeun, Beef

Best Supporting Performance in a New Scripted Series

  • Murray Bartlett, The Last of Us
  • Billie Eilish, Swarm
  • Jack Farthing, Rain Dogs
  • Nick Offerman, The Last of Us (WINNER)
  • Adina Porter, The Changeling
  • Lewis Pullman, Lessons in Chemistry
  • Benny Safdie, The Curse
  • Luke Tennie, Shrinking
  • Olivia Washington, I’m a Virgo
  • Jessica Williams, Shrinking

Best Breakthrough Performance in a New Scripted Series

  • Clark Backo, The Changeling
  • Aria Mia Loberti, All the Light We Cannot See
  • Adjani Salmon, Dreaming Whilst Black
  • Keivonn Montreal Woodard, The Last of Us (WINNER)
  • Kara Young, I’m a Virgo

Best Ensemble Cast in a New Scripted Series

  • Jury Duty (WINNER)

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