2007 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations announced

LOS ANGELES, CA (M&C) — Nominations for the 2007 Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced November 28, including nominations for Best Feature, which are ‘American Gun;’ ‘The Dead Girl;’ ‘Half Nelson;’ ‘Little Miss Sunshine;’ and ‘Pan’s Labyrinth.’

Also announced were the finalists for the IFC/Acura Someone to Watch Award, the Axium Truer Than Fiction Award, the Axium Producers Award, and a Special Distinction Award given to David Lynch and Laura Dern for their collaborative work.

Felicity Huffman and Don Cheadle served as nomination presenters.

The 2007 Spirit Awards ceremony airs live on Saturday, February 24, beginning at 5:00 p.m. EST on IFC (Independent Film Channel). Live red carpet footage will precede the show starting at 4:30 p.m. EST on WE tv, with an edited re-broadcast of the ceremony airing later that evening on AMC at 10:00 p.m. EST/PST. As previously announced, Sarah Silverman will serve as Master of Ceremonies for a second time.

“We are proud to spotlight this year’s eclectic mix of filmmakers and artists who are unafraid to take risks,” said Dawn Hudson, Executive Director of Film Independent. “The foundation of independent film has always been to push the envelope both in subject matter and filmmaking, and this year is no exception.”

Film Independent also announced the first ever Spirit Awards Short Film Contest in partnership with IFC Media Lab. Film Independent and IFC Media Lab invite participants to make a short film – of up to 90 seconds in length – on the theme “What Does Independence Mean to You?”

The winning film will air live on IFC during the Spirit Awards broadcast..

The Spirit Awards Nominating Committee is composed of three subcommittees – American Narrative, Foreign Film, and Documentary Film – which apply the following guidelines in making its selections:

Uniqueness of vision

Original, provocative subject matter

Economy of means (with particular attention paid to total production cost and individual compensation)

Percentage of financing from independent sources

Eligible films must be at least 70 minutes long, and the cost of the completed film, including post-production, must be under $20 million.

Films must have been shown in a commercial theater for at least one week between January 1 and December 31, 2006 or shown at one of the following festivals in 2006: Los Angeles Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, New York, Sundance, Telluride, or Toronto.

After the committees select the nominees, the members of Film Independent, as well as the members of IFP, cast the final votes.

ABOUT FILM INDEPENDENT’S SPIRIT AWARDS

Film Independent Spirit Awards is a celebration honoring films made by filmmakers who embody independence and who dare to challenge the status quo. Televised in millions of homes and covered internationally by the press, the Spirit Awards has become the vanguard event in independent film, recognizing the achievements of independent filmmakers and promoting independent film to a wider audience.

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 Foreign Film, and Best Documentary. Last year’s Spirit Award winners included ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Capote,’ ‘Crash,’ ‘Transamerica,’ and ‘Junebug.’

ABOUT FILM INDEPENDENT

Film Independent is a non-profit membership organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds the audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, film industry leader, or a film lover.

With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent also offers free Filmmaker Labs for selected writers, directors, and producers; provides cut-rate services for filmmakers; and presents year-round networking opportunities. Film Independent’s mentorship and job placement program, Project:Involve, pairs emerging culturally-diverse filmmakers with film industry professionals.

Film Independent produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, celebrating the best of American and international cinema, and the Spirit Awards, a celebration honoring films and filmmakers that embody independence and dare to challenge the status quo.

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