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Independent Spirit Awards

Independent Spirit Awards

The Film Independent Spirit 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.
VENUE: Santa Monica, CA
LOCATION: Los Angeles
EVENT DATE: 02/23/2019


The awards show season is bearing down on us, and VIP Concierge is bearing down on it, too. We’re happy to announce that we have tickets to the Independent Spirit Awards taking place on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Santa Monica, CA. The FISA was the first event that honored independent films exclusively, and it has earned its reputation as the premier awards event for the independent film community.

In addition to being a fantastic party, the Spirit Awards ceremony also assembles top talent from Hollywood and throughout independent film. Awards are presented for the year’s best achievements in independent film, with statues given for many facets of film making. The show takes place each year in and around a beachfront tent in beautiful Santa Monica. After 32 years, the show is still as original as the films and filmmakers it honors.

Winners are chosen by those who know what they’re talking about–Film Independent Members and Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) members. Voting membershave the opportunity to attend free screenings of all the nominated films before choosing the winners. Film Independent is a non-profit arts organization. Since 2006, winners have received a trophy depicting a bird sitting atop of a pole with the shoestrings from the previous design wrapped around the pole.

You will certainly recognize this partial list of previous winners.

Blood Simple (Circle Films) – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Platoon (Orion) – Oliver Stone

Stand by Me (Columbia) – Rob Reiner

Hairspray (New Line Cinema) – John Waters

Sex, Lies, and Videotape (Miramax) – Steven Soderbergh

My Own Private Idaho (Fine Line Features) – Gus Van Sant

Short Cuts (Fine Line Features) – Robert Altman

Pulp Fiction (Miramax) – Quentin Tarantino

Leaving Las Vegas (United Artists) – Mike Figgis

Fargo (PolyGram) – Joel Coen

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Brokeback Mountain


This year’s nominees include the following and many other categories and nominees.

Best Feature

Eighth Grade Producers, First Reformed Producers, If Beale Street Could Talk Producers, Leave No Trace Producers, You Were Never Really Here Producers

Best First Feature

Hereditary Director, Sorry To Bother You Director, The Tale, We The Animals Director, Wildlife

Best Director:

Debra Granik, – Leave No Trace, Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk Tamara Jenkins – Private Life, Lynne Ramsay – You Were Never Really Here, Paul Schrader – First Reformed

Best First Screenplay

Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade Christina Choe – Nancy Cory Finley – Thoroughbreds Jennifer Fox – The Tale Quinn Shephard (Writer/Story By), Laurie Shephard (Story By) – Blame

This is really among the most exciting and fun festivals every year. If you’ve ever attended one of the shows, you know what we mean. If you haven’t, you should make it a point to get your body and some of your BFFs and make the scene. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, unless you go frequently. Then it’s probably the highlight of the year. Contact us soon, before all the tickets are snatched up. They don’t last long. If you don’t make your move, you’ll be as sad as a dog without a ball.

Independent Spirit Awards
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019, Santa Monica, CA
* Table seating
* After Party
* Lunch
Cost: $3,990 per person