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
This year’s nominees include the following and many other categories and nominees.
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
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
Cost: $3,990 per person