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Independent Spirit Awards

Independent Spirit Awards

  • Premiered: 
    March 23, 1996
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  • Network: IFC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Award
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Jeanne Lucas & Anne Kimmel 
  • Subject Matter: Entertainment
  • Tags: celebrity

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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 1984, the INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS have honored "artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers who embody independence and originality" while recognizing "the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promoting the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience." Originally known as the FINDIE (Friends of Independents) Awards, this ceremony was renamed as the INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS in 1986 and then slightly modified to FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS in 2005 when the producing organization changed its name from IFP/Los Angeles to Film Independent. After being the first network to broadcast the event in 1996, the Independent Film Channel (IFC) has shown the awards program every subsequent year. 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; Best Editing; and the Robert Altman Award.
The 38th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, hosted by Hasan Minhaj on the Santa Monica beach in California, were broadcast live on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 5pm ET/2pm PT on IMDb's YouTube channel, as well as Film Independent's YouTube and Twitter accounts. The live stream recording will be available to watch in full on YouTube until 4pm PT on Sunday, March 5. Chloe Zhao and Sian Heder serve as Honorary Co-Chairs. Presenters include: Austin Butler, Beatrice Granno, Sharon Horgan, Michaela Jae Rodriguez, Troy Kotsur, Haley Lu Richardson, Melanie Lynskey, Taylour Paige, Jenny Slate, Adam Brody, Aubrey Plaza, Daniel Dae Kim, Danielle Deadwyler, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jeremy Pope, Jodie Turner-Smith, Joel Kim Booster, Kevin Bacon, Lily Tomlin, Molly Shannon, Nicholas Braun, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Simona Tabasco, Stephanie Hsu, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and W. Kamau Bell.


Other Titles

  • Since 2007, known as Film Independent Spirit Awards
  • Originally known as FINDIE Awards


  • - Los Angeles, California USA