IFC, February 12, 2014

Patton Oswalt To Give Away Live Birds At 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Ceremony to air Saturday, March 1 at 10:00 pm ET/PT on IFC


NEW YORK, NY – February 12, 2014 – Feathers will fly at the 29th annual ceremony for the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 1. Host Patton Oswalt announced today that he plans to replace the ceremony’s symbolic avian trophies with a live bird for each award winner at the event, a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. The premiere broadcast will air later that evening, at 10:00 pm ET/PT, exclusively on IFC.

Oswalt will be available to discuss his host duties and feathery flyover with any press interested in flocking to a conference call about how this year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards may be going to the birds! What kinds of birds will he choose? Will they be in cages? All participants must RSVP.

WHO: Patton Oswalt

DATE: Friday, February 14

TIME: 10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

RSVP: Please RSVP to PRESSRSVP@IFC.COM by 1:00pm PT/4:00pm ET tomorrow, February 13.

Final conference call dial-in information will be sent to all confirmed participants via e-mail. Playback and transcript of the call will be made available after the call.

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 winners of the Spirit Awards are voted upon by Film Independent and IFP Members.

Awards are given 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 Editing, and the Robert Altman Award, Best International Film, and Best Documentary. The Filmmaker Grants include the Piaget Producers Award, the Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award, the Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award and the Bright Future Award sponsored by Unilever Project Sunlight.

Film Independent is a nonprofit arts organization that champions 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.

For more information or to become a member, visit filmindependent.org.

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