“We at Film Independent understand how valuable these grants are in the world of independent film,” said co-president Josh Welsh. “The additional financial support it affords the winners will ensure their artistic vision moves forward.”
The four winners were Adam Leon, Peter Nicks, Mynette Louie and Laura Colella, who each will receive between $25,000-$50,000 in grant funds.
“We love to highlight talented, hardworking filmmakers whose herculean efforts can be seen in their films,” added co-president Sean Mc Manus. “We commend all the finalists and recipients for keeping the independent spirit alive through their tireless work.”
Here's the full list of 2013 Spirit Award Filmmaker grant winners:
Someone to Watch Award
The Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. In its nineteenth year, the award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.
- WINNER: Adam Leon (writer/director, Gimme the Loot)
- Rebecca Thomas (writer/director, Electrick Children)
- David Fenster (writer/director/producer, Pincus)
Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award
The Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not received significant recognition. In its eighteenth year, the award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Stella Artois.
- WINNER: Peter Nicks for The Waiting Room
- Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims for Only The Young
- Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel for Leviathan
Piaget Producers Award
The Piaget Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality independent films. In its sixteenth year, the award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
- WINNER: Mynette Louie
- Derrick Tseng
- Alicia Van Couvering
Jameson® FIND Your Audience Award
The Jameson® FIND Your Audience Award helps one low-budget independent film find a broader audience. In its third year, the award included a $50,000 marketing and distribution grant funded by Jameson® Irish Whiskey.
- WINNER: Laura Colella for Breakfast With Curtis
- Jeremy Kipp Walker and John Mitchell for History Of Future Folk
- Sara Lamm, Mary Wigmore, Kate Roughan and Zachary Mortensen for Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin And The Farm Midwives
Winners for the remaining categories will be revealed at the 2013 Spirit Awards hosted by Andy Samberg on Saturday, February 23, 2013. The show will premiere later that night at 10:00 pm on IFC.
Source: Film Independent