The 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards Moves to the Thursday Before the Oscars

Today, Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that is responsible for the production of the Film Independent Spirit Awards, announced that this year’s awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 22nd at 10 PM Eastern Time instead of the previously announced date of Saturday, April 24th. Film Independent will be televising their ceremony through IFC, their longtime television broadcast partner.

The nominees for the 36th Film Independent Spirit Awards will be unveiled during a video announcement livestream that will occur on Tuesday, January 26th at 10 AM Eastern Time (7 AM Pacific Time) on the Film Independent website and YouTube channel. Presenters for this announcement livestream include Laverne Cox (Disclosure, Promising Young Woman) and previous Spirit Awards winners Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk, Moonlight, The Underground Railroad) and Olivia Wilde (Booksmart, Don’t Worry Darling). The January 26th nominees will also include several new television categories, as announced in September 2020.

The Spirit Awards are a time for us to come together – filmmakers and film lovers alike
– and celebrate the movies, shows and performances that have sustained us through
these incredibly challenging times. While
2020 left a lot to be desired, it was an amazing year for film and TV. Visual storytellers
with powerful and unique voices brought us so much joy and light during these difficult
months. We’re thrilled to share our nominations with the world, and I encourage
everyone to join Film Independent and vote on the winners.”

Film Independent President Josh Welsh

IFC is proud to
continue its partnership with Film Independent by bringing the Spirit Awards and the
films it champions to audiences across the country. The celebration of independent
voices is more important today than ever before, and while we’ll miss the beach in
Santa Monica, we still plan on making the Spirit Awards the most fun stop on the
awards circuit.”

Blake Callaway, Executive Director, IFC and SundanceTV

In addition to its television broadcast on IFC, the Spirit Awards will also present the option to stream the Spirit Awards on AMC+. After the broadcast ends, the ceremony will be made available on demany on AMC+ and IFC platforms on Friday, April 23rd.

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