Film Independent Spirit Awards Live Blog And Winners List

Refresh for updates: Awards season favorite, A Fantastic Woman wins Best International Film. Read below for an updated list of winners.
The Film Independent Spirit Awards are set to hand out trophies to the best actors, directors, and storytellers in independent film this afternoon. With the ceremony taking place in a beachside tent in Santa Monica and returning hosts Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, the Spirit Awards are the perfect — and a little more laid back — amuse…

Refresh for updates: Awards season favorite, A Fantastic Woman wins Best International Film. Read below for an updated list of winners. The Film Independent Spirit Awards are set to hand out trophies to the best actors, directors, and storytellers in independent film this afternoon. With the ceremony taking place in a beachside tent in Santa Monica and returning hosts Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, the Spirit Awards are the perfect — and a little more laid back — amuse…

Film Independent Responds To Volunteer Lawsuit: Workers Treated “With Gratitude & Respect” – Update

UPDATE with response At the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards, a woman named Laurie Woods was among the volunteers scrambling to keep the food coming and drinks flowing while stars from Nebraska, 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club wined, dined and hoped for a trophy.
But Woods now says the word “volunteer” doesn’t really fit what she and scores of other workers accomplished that day and in the several weeks leading up to it, and she wants Film Independent to pay up. She…

UPDATE with response At the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards, a woman named Laurie Woods was among the volunteers scrambling to keep the food coming and drinks flowing while stars from Nebraska, 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club wined, dined and hoped for a trophy. But Woods now says the word “volunteer” doesn’t really fit what she and scores of other workers accomplished that day and in the several weeks leading up to it, and she wants Film Independent to pay up. She…

Independent Spirit Awards Volunteers Claim Exploitation

A legion of volunteers will be on hand on Saturday at the Independent Spirit Awards, staffing tables and making sure the event runs smoothly. But according to a class-action lawsuit filed this week in Los Angeles Superior Court, that arrangement violates California labor law. The complaint, filed by former volunteer Laurie Woods, alleges that Film […]

A legion of volunteers will be on hand on Saturday at the Independent Spirit Awards, staffing tables and making sure the event runs smoothly. But according to a class-action lawsuit filed this week in Los Angeles Superior Court, that arrangement violates California labor law. The complaint, filed by former volunteer Laurie Woods, alleges that Film […]

Independent Spirit Awards: Timothee Chalamet, Janelle Monae, Robert Pattinson Round Out Presenters List

EXCLUSIVE: Film Independent has announced the second batch of presenters set to take the stage at the 33rd edition of the Independent Spirit Awards, which IFC will air live Saturday  at 2 PM PT/5 PM ET.
Joining the roster of presenters are Call Me by Your Name’s Timothée Chalamet (who’s up for the Best Male Lead), Robert Pattinson (who’s also up for Best Male Lead for his role in Good Time), Spirit Award winner Janelle Monáe, Get Out scene stealer Lil Rel Howery and award…

EXCLUSIVE: Film Independent has announced the second batch of presenters set to take the stage at the 33rd edition of the Independent Spirit Awards, which IFC will air live Saturday  at 2 PM PT/5 PM ET. Joining the roster of presenters are Call Me by Your Name’s Timothée Chalamet (who’s up for the Best Male Lead), Robert Pattinson (who’s also up for Best Male Lead for his role in Good Time), Spirit Award winner Janelle Monáe, Get Out scene stealer Lil Rel Howery and award…

Film Independent Names 2018 Directing Lab Fellows

Film Independent, the organization behind the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival,  has unveiled the six fellows chosen for its 18th annual Directing Lab, an intensive eight-week program designed to support emerging independent film directors in prep on their feature films. See the list below.
Directing Lab fellows receive script feedback, discuss their visions and select short scenes from their screenplays to workshop. Each director then casts actors and…

Film Independent, the organization behind the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival,  has unveiled the six fellows chosen for its 18th annual Directing Lab, an intensive eight-week program designed to support emerging independent film directors in prep on their feature films. See the list below. Directing Lab fellows receive script feedback, discuss their visions and select short scenes from their screenplays to workshop. Each director then casts actors and…

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Get $150K In Cash Grants At Brunch

Five independent filmmakers received cash grants totaling $150,000 today from Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival.
The recipients were announced at the annual Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch held at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood. John Cho (Star TrekColumbusSearch) and Alia Shawkat (Search PartyBlazeDuck Butter) co-hosted the event and handed out the honors.
“This year we are giving out $150,000…

Five independent filmmakers received cash grants totaling $150,000 today from Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival. The recipients were announced at the annual Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch held at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood. John Cho (Star TrekColumbusSearch) and Alia Shawkat (Search PartyBlazeDuck Butter) co-hosted the event and handed out the honors. "This year we are giving out $150,000…

Los Angeles Film Festival Moving To Fall Starting In 2018

The Los Angeles Film Festival said today that beginning next year the fest will take place in September, setting itself up to be involved in the heated and crowded fall festival season that includes the Telluride, Venice, Toronto and New York film fests. The L.A. fest had been held in June.
The fest, run by Film Independant, said today the 2018 edition will bow in late September; the New York fest this year ran September 28-October 5, which could mean a West Coast-East…

The Los Angeles Film Festival said today that beginning next year the fest will take place in September, setting itself up to be involved in the heated and crowded fall festival season that includes the Telluride, Venice, Toronto and New York film fests. The L.A. fest had been held in June. The fest, run by Film Independant, said today the 2018 edition will bow in late September; the New York fest this year ran September 28-October 5, which could mean a West Coast-East…