|Film Independent Spirit Awards|
|Current: 35th Independent Spirit Awards|
|Awarded for||Excellence in the independent film industry|
|Presented by||Film Independent|
|First awarded||March 3, 1984; 36 years ago|
The Film Independent Spirit Awards (abbreviated "Spirit Awards" and originally known as the FINDIE or Friends of Independents Awards), founded in 1984, are awards dedicated to independent filmmakers. Winners were typically presented with acrylic glass pyramids containing suspended shoestrings representing the bare budgets of independent films. Since 2006, winners have received a metal trophy depicting a bird with its wings spread sitting atop of a pole with the shoestrings from the previous design wrapped around the pole.
In 1986, the event was renamed the Independent Spirit Awards. Now called the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the show is produced by Film Independent, a not-for-profit arts organization that used to produce the LA Film Festival. Film Independent members vote to determine the winners of the Spirit Awards.
The awards show is held inside a tent in a parking lot at the beach in Santa Monica, California, usually on the day before the Academy Awards (since 1999; originally the Saturday before). The show is broadcast live on the IFC network, as well as Hollywood Suite in Canada and A&E Latin America.
In 2020, new cateogories were announced for the upcoming 36th Independent Spirit Awards to awards the best in television productions and performances, these categories are Best New Scripted Series, Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series, Best Male Performance, Best Female Performance, and Best Ensemble Cast.
In 1984 the FINDIE Awards (Friends of Independents) were conceived by Independent Features Project/West board member Jeanne Lucas and Independent Features Project/West President Anne Kimmel and director/writer Sam O'Brien was an event producer. The awards are voted on by a nominating committee.
In 1985, Peter Coyote and Jamie Lee Curtis presented winners with a Plexiglas pyramid designed by Carol Bosselman, which contain a suspended shoestring, printed with sprocket holes, representing the shoestring budgets of independent films. The Reel Gold Award, also designed by Bosselman, was given to Steve Wachtel for allowing Independent Features Project/West continuing free use of his screening room. It was associated with Filmex. In 1986, Bosselman designed and sculpted the Independent Spirit Award statue that is still given out today, using a lost wax bronze casting method.
Independent Features Project/West eventually became Film Independent.
Dawn Hudson was director of Independent Features Project/West in 1995.
Barbara Boyle was Independent Features Project/West president from 1994 to 1999.
Independent Features Project eventually became Independent Filmmaker Project.
|#||Date||Year Honored||Best Film||Best First Feature||Host(s)|
|1st||March 22, 1986||1985||After Hours||--||Peter Coyote|
|2nd||March 28, 1987||1986||Platoon||She's Gotta Have It||Buck Henry|
|3rd||February 11, 1988||1987||River's Edge||Dirty Dancing|
|4th||March 25, 1989||1988||Stand and Deliver||Mystic Pizza|
|5th||March 24, 1990||1989||Sex, Lies, and Videotape||Heathers|
|6th||March 23, 1991||1990||The Grifters||Metropolitan|
|7th||March 28, 1992||1991||Rambling Rose||Straight Out of Brooklyn|
|8th||March 27, 1993||1992||The Player||Reservoir Dogs|
|9th||March 19, 1994||1993||Short Cuts||El Mariachi||Robert Townsend|
|10th||March 25, 1995||1994||Pulp Fiction||Spanking the Monkey||Kevin Pollak|
|11th||March 23, 1996||1995||Leaving Las Vegas||The Brothers McMullen||Samuel L. Jackson|
|12th||March 22, 1997||1996||Fargo||Sling Blade|
|13th||March 21, 1998||1997||The Apostle||Eve's Bayou||John Turturro|
|14th||March 20, 1999||1998||Gods and Monsters||The Opposite of Sex||Queen Latifah|
|15th||March 25, 2000||1999||Election||Being John Malkovich (Over $500,000)
The Blair Witch Project (Under $500,000)
|16th||March 24, 2001||2000||Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon||You Can Count On Me
Chuck & Buck (Under $500,000)
|17th||March 23, 2002||2001||Memento||In the Bedroom|
|18th||March 22, 2003||2002||Far from Heaven||The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys|
|19th||February 28, 2004||2003||Lost in Translation||Monster|
|20th||February 26, 2005||2004||Sideways||Garden State||Samuel L. Jackson|
|21st||March 4, 2006||2005||Brokeback Mountain||Crash||Sarah Silverman|
|22nd||February 24, 2007||2006||Little Miss Sunshine||Sweet Land|
|23rd||February 23, 2008||2007||Juno||The Lookout||Rainn Wilson|
|24th||February 21, 2009||2008||The Wrestler||Synecdoche, New York||Steve Coogan|
|25th||March 5, 2010||2009||Precious||Crazy Heart||Eddie Izzard|
|26th||February 26, 2011||2010||Black Swan||Get Low||Joel McHale|
|27th||February 25, 2012||2011||The Artist||Margin Call||Seth Rogen|
|28th||February 23, 2013||2012||Silver Linings Playbook||The Perks of Being a Wallflower||Andy Samberg|
|29th||March 1, 2014||2013||12 Years a Slave||Fruitvale Station||Patton Oswalt|
|30th||February 21, 2015||2014||Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)||Nightcrawler||Fred Armisen, Kristen Bell|
|31st||February 27, 2016||2015||Spotlight||The Diary of a Teenage Girl||Kate McKinnon, Kumail Nanjiani|
|32nd||February 25, 2017||2016||Moonlight||The Witch||Nick Kroll, John Mulaney|
|33rd||March 3, 2018||2017||Get Out||Ingrid Goes West|
|34th||February 23, 2019||2018||If Beale Street Could Talk||Sorry to Bother You||Aubrey Plaza|
|35th||February 8, 2020||2019||The Farewell||Booksmart|