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Friday, November 15, 2013

F3PR: Octavia Spencer & Paula Patton to present the nominees for the 29th Independent Spirit Awards

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OCTAVIA SPENCER AND PAULA PATTON
TO PRESENT THE NOMINEES FOR
THE 29th FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS

Announcements To Be Held At
The W Hollywood On November 26

LOS ANGELES (November 15, 2013) – Film Independent President Josh Welsh announced today this year’s 2014 Spirit Award nominees will be presented by Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station, The Help, Snowpiercer) and Paula Patton (Warcraft, Baggage Claim, Precious) in a press conference at 10:00 am PT on Tuesday, November 26 at The W Hollywood. This isn’t the first time these two talented, independent-spirited women have been involved with Film Independent. Spencer attended the Los Angeles Film Festival when her movie Fruitvale Station screened this spring and Patton served as a presenter at last year’s Spirit Awards.

“It’s a pleasure to have Octavia Spencer and Paula Patton join us to announce this year’s Film Independent Spirit Award Nominees,” said Josh Welsh, President of Film Independent. “This is an important moment in the independent film community calendar and we are delighted they will be with us as we announce the nominees for the year’s top independent films and artists.”

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, will announce the winners on March 1 at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The live-to-tape event is held under Film Independent’s signature tent on the beach in Santa Monica and will premiere later that evening exclusively on IFC at 10:00 pm ET/PT.

Spirit Awards are given out 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 International Film, Best Documentary, Best Editing and the Robert Altman Award. The Filmmaker Awards include the Piaget Producers Award, the Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award and the Someone to Watch Award.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards are sponsored by Premier Sponsors Piaget, the Lincoln Motor Company and IFC and by Principal Sponsor Stella Artois. WireImage is the Official Photographer and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent.

ABOUT THE FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS

Now in its 29th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards are sponsored by Premier Sponsors Piaget, the Lincoln Motor Company and IFC and by Principal Sponsor Stella Artois. WireImage is the Official Photographer and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent.

ABOUT FILM INDEPENDENT

Film Independent is a nonprofit arts organization that champion’s independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff, and constituents, is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional, or a film lover.

Film Independent produces the Spirit Awards, the annual celebration honoring artist-driven films and recognizing the finest achievements of American independent filmmakers, as well as the Los Angeles Film Festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary of showcasing the best of American and international cinema. Film Independent also produces the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, a year-round, weekly program that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community and the general public.

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’s Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project:Involve is Film Independent’s signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.

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