35th Independent Spirit Awards

The 35th ceremony of the Film Independent Spirit Awards, honoring the best independent films of 2019, will be presented by Film Independent on February 8, 2020.[1] The nominations were announced on November 21, 2019, by actresses Zazie Beetz and Natasha Lyonne.[1][2] The ceremony will be televised in the United States by IFC, taking place inside its usual tent setting on a beach in Santa Monica, California.[1]

35th Independent Spirit Awards
Awarded forBest in independent film
DateFebruary 8, 2020
SiteSanta Monica Pier
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Most nominationsThe Lighthouse and Uncut Gems (5)
Television coverage

Winners and nominees

Best Feature Best Director
Best Male Lead Best Female Lead
Best Supporting Male Best Supporting Female
Best Screenplay Best First Screenplay
Best First Feature Best Documentary Feature
Best Cinematography Best Editing
Best International Film

Films with multiple nominations and awards

Films that received multiple nominations
Nominations Film
5 The Lighthouse
Uncut Gems
4 Give Me Liberty
Honey Boy
3 Clemency
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Marriage Story
The Third Wife
2 Burning Cane
The Farewell
The Mustang
See You Yesterday

Special awards

John Cassavetes Award

Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)

(The award is given to its film director, casting director, and ensemble cast)

Kiehl's Someone to Watch Award

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.

The BONNIE Award

Recognizes mid-career women directors with a body of work that demonstrates uniqueness of vision and a groundbreaking approach to film making. The award includes a $50,000 unrestricted grant funded by American Airlines.

Piaget Producers Award

Honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.

  • Mollye Asher
  • Krista Parris
  • Ryan Zacarias

Truer than Fiction Award

Presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

See also


  1. Daniel D'Alessandro (November 21, 2019). "Spirit Award Nominations: A24 Leads For 4th Straight Year With 18 Noms As 'Uncut Gems' & 'The Lighthouse' Come Up Big". Deadline. Deadline. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  2. Lewis, Hilary (November 21, 2019). "Film Independent Spirit Awards: 'Uncut Gems,' 'The Lighthouse' Lead Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
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