Nominees: 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards

film independent spirit awards nominees 2018

Film Independent announced the nominations for the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards and revealed that director Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th, A Wrinkle in Time) will be this year’s Honorary Chair.

Past Honorary Chairs include David Oyelowo, Jessica Chastain, Kerry Washington, Ang Lee and Martin Scorsese. The Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity in the industry.

Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at the Jeremy Hotel in West Hollywood, with actors Lily Collins and Tessa Thompson presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included Call Me by Your NameThe Florida Project, Get Out, Lady Bird and The Rider.

Mudbound was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman who was known for creating extraordinary ensemble casts.

Winners, who are selected by Film Independent Members, will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The awards ceremony co-hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney will be held on the beach in Santa Monica, just north of the Santa Monica Pier. The show will broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 2:00 pm PT/ 5:00 pm ET.

Winners of the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants will be announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants and Nominee Brunch on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood. 


(Award given to the producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)


Call Me by Your Name         

Producers: Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman


The Florida Project  

Producers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou


Get Out          

Producers: Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr., Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele


Lady Bird      

Producers: Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill, Scott Rudin


The Rider      

Producers: Mollye Asher, Bert Hamelinck, Sacha Ben Harroche, Chloé Zhao



(Award given to the director and producer)



Director: Kogonada

Producers: Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Aaron Boyd, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz


            Ingrid Goes West     

Director: Matt Spicer

Producers: Jared Ian Goldman, Adam Mirels, Robert Mirels, Aubrey Plaza, Tim White, Trevor White



Director/Producer: Joshua Z. Weinstein

Producers: Yoni Brook, Traci Carlson, Daniel Finkelman, Alex Lipschultz


Oh Lucy!

Director/Producer: Atsuko Hirayanagi

Producers: Jessica Elbaum, Yukie Kito, Han West


            Patti Cake$   

Director: Geremy Jasper

Producers: Chris Columbus, Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Noah Stahl, Rodrigo Teixeira


JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. (Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)



Writer/Director/Producer: Amman Abbasi

Writer: Steven Reneau

Producers: Lachion Buckingham, Alexander Uhlmann


A Ghost Story         

Writer/Director: David Lowery

Producers: Adam Donaghey, Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston


Life and nothing more       

Writer/Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza

Producers: Amadeo Hernández Bueno, Alvaro Portanet Hernández, Pedro Hernández Santos


Most Beautiful Island         

Writer/Director/Producer: Ana Asensio

Producers: Larry Fessenden, Noah Greenberg, Chadd Harbold, Jenn Wexler


The Transfiguration

Writer/Director: Michael O'Shea

Producer: Susan Leber




Sean Baker

The Florida Project    


Jonas Carpignano

A Ciambra      


Luca Guadagnino

Call Me by Your Name          


Jordan Peele

Get Out          


Benny SafdieJosh Safdie

Good Time     


Chloé Zhao

The Rider       




Greta Gerwig

Lady Bird        


Azazel Jacobs

The Lovers     


Martin McDonagh

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri   


Jordan Peele

Get Out          


Mike White

Beatriz at Dinner




Kris Avedisian

Story By: Kyle Espeleta, Jesse Wakeman

Donald Cried  


Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani

The Big Sick  


Ingrid Jungermann

Women Who Kill





David Branson Smith, Matt Spicer

Ingrid Goes West




            Thimios Bakatakis

The Killing of a Sacred Deer 


Elisha Christian



Hélène Louvart

Beach Rats    


Sayombhu Mukdeeprom

Call Me by Your Name          


Joshua James Richards

The Rider




Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie

Good Time


Walter Fasano

Call Me by Your Name          


Alex O'Flinn

The Rider


Gregory Plotkin

Get Out          


Tatiana S. Riegel

I, Tonya          




Salma Hayek

Beatriz at Dinner        


Frances McDormand

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri


Margot Robbie

I, Tonya


Saoirse Ronan

Lady Bird        


Shinobu Terajima

Oh Lucy!        


Regina Williams

Life and nothing more




Timothée Chalamet

Call Me by Your Name


Harris Dickinson

Beach Rats    


James Franco

The Disaster Artist


Daniel Kaluuya

Get Out          


Robert Pattinson

Good Time     




Holly Hunter

The Big Sick


Allison Janney

I, Tonya          


Laurie Metcalf

Lady Bird                    


Lois Smith

Marjorie Prime


Taliah Lennice Webster

Good Time




Nnamdi Asomugha

Crown Heights                       


Armie Hammer

Call Me by Your Name          


Barry Keoghan

The Killing of a Sacred Deer


Sam Rockwell

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri   


Benny Safdie

Good Time


ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast



Director: Dee Rees

Casting Directors: Billy Hopkins, Ashley Ingram

Ensemble Cast: Jonathan Banks, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Carey Mulligan


BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)


            The Departure          

Director/Producer: Lana Wilson


Faces Places

Directors: Agnés Varda, JR

Producer: Rosalie Varda


Last Men in Aleppo 

Director: Feras Fayyad

Producers: Kareem Abeed, Søeren Steen Jespersen, Stefan Kloos



Director/Producer: Ramona S. Diaz

Producer: Rey Cuerdo



Director: Jonathan Olshefski

Producer: Sabrina Schmidt Gordon


BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)


BPM (Beats Per Minute)      


Director: Robin Campillo


A Fantastic Woman 


Director: Sebastián Lelio


I Am Not a Witch      


Director: Rungano Nyoni


Lady Macbeth           


Director: William Oldroyd




Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev


BONNIE AWARD – Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo joined American Airlines in 1973 at age 24, becoming the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. In her honor, the inaugural Bonnie Award will recognize a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant, sponsored by American Airlines.


            So Yong Kim

Lynn Shelton

Chloé Zhao


JEEP TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 23rd annual Truer Than Fiction Award, funded by the Jeep brand, is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by the Jeep brand.


Shevaun Mizrahi

Director of Distant Constellation         


Jonathan Olshefski

Director of Quest        


Jeff Unay

Director of The Cage Fighter


KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 24th annual Someone to Watch Award, funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851.


            Amman Abbasi

Director of Dayveon


Justin Chon

Director of Gook         


Kevin Phillips

Director of Super Dark Times

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