Here is the full list of nominees from the Independent Spirit Awards. Stay tuned, as we provide a comprehensive breakdown tomorrow! 

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

American Honey
Producers: Thomas Benski, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Lucas Ochoa, Pouya Shahbazian, Alice Weinberg


Producers: Michel Franco, Gina Kwon, Gabriel Ripstein, Moisés Zonana

Producers: Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Ari Handel, Juan de Dios Larraín, Mickey Liddell

Manchester by the Sea

Producers: Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh


Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski


BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)

The Childhood of a Leader

Director: Brady Corbet

Producers: Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Chris Coen, Ron Curtis, Helena Danielsson, Mona Fastvold, István Major

The Fits

Director/Producer: Anna Rose Holmer

Producer: Lisa Kjerulff

Other People

Director: Chris Kelly

Producers: Sam Bisbee, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott

 Swiss Army Man

Directors: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

Producers: Miranda Bailey, Lawrence Inglee, Lauren Mann, Amanda Marshall, Eyal Rimmon, Jonathan Wang

The Witch

Director: Robert Eggers

Producers: Daniel Bekerman, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond, Rodrigo Teixeira


JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.

 Free In Deed

Writer/Director: Jake Mahaffy

Producers: Mike Bowes, Mike S. Ryan, Brent Stiefel

 Hunter Gatherer

Writer/Director: Josh Locy

Producers: Michael Covino, April Lamb, Sara Murphy, Isaiah Smallman


Writer/Director: So Yong Kim

Writer/Producer: Bradley Rust Gray

Producers: David Hansen, Alex Lipschultz, Johnny Mac


Writer/Director/Producer: TW Pittman

Director/Producer: Kelly Daniela Norris

Writer/Producer: Isaac Adakudugu  

Producer: Giovanni Ximénez

 Spa Night

Writer/Director: Andrew Ahn

Producers: David Ariniello, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Kelly Thomas



Andrea Arnold American Honey


Barry Jenkins Moonlight


Pablo Larraín Jackie


Jeff Nichols Loving


Kelly Reichardt Certain Women



 Barry Jenkins

Story By Tarell Alvin McCraney    



Kenneth Lonergan

Manchester by the Sea


Mike Mills

20th Century Women


Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias

Little Men
Taylor Sheridan

Hell or High Water



 Robert Eggers The Witch


Chris Kelly Other People


Adam Mansbach Barry


Stella Meghie Jean of the Joneses


Craig Shilowich Christine


Ava Berkofsky Free In Deed


Lol Crawley The Childhood of a Leader


Zach Kuperstein The Eyes of My Mother


James Laxton Moonlight


Robbie Ryan American Honey




Matthew Hannam Swiss Army Man


Jennifer Lame Manchester by the Sea


Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders Moonlight


Jake Roberts Hell or High Water


Sebastián Sepúlveda Jackie


Annette Bening 20th Century Women


Isabelle Huppert Elle


Sasha Lane American Honey


Ruth Negga Loving


Natalie Portman Jackie




Casey Affleck Manchester by the Sea


David Harewood Free In Deed


Viggo Mortensen Captain Fantastic


Jesse Plemons Other People


Tim Roth Chronic


Edwina Findley Free In Deed


Paulina Garcia Little Men


Lily Gladstone Certain Women


Riley Keough American Honey


Molly Shannon Other People




Ralph Fiennes A Bigger Splash


Ben Foster Hell or High Water


Lucas Hedges Manchester by the Sea
Shia LaBeouf American Honey


Craig Robinson Morris from America


ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – (Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast)



Director: Barry Jenkins

Casting Director: Yesi Ramirez

Ensemble Cast: Mahershala Ali, Patrick Decile, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders


BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)



Director/Producer: Ava DuVernay

Producers: Spencer Averick, Howard Barish



Director/Producer: Kirsten Johnson

Producer: Marilyn Ness


I Am Not Your Negro          

Director/Producer: Raoul Peck

Producers: Rémi Grellety, Hérbert Peck    
O.J.: Made in America

Director/Producer: Ezra Edelman

Producers: Nina Krstic, Tamara Rosenberg, Caroline Waterlow



Director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

Producer: Gerd Haag


Under the Sun

Director: Vitaly Mansky

Producer: Natalya Manskaya


BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)



Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho          




Director: Athina Tsangari


My Golden Days


Director: Arnaud Desplechin


Toni Erdmann

(Germany and Romania)

Director: Maren Ade


Under the Shadow  

(Iran and U.K.)

Director: Babak Anvari

20th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 20th annual Producers Award, sponsored by Piaget, 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.

Lisa Kjerulff

Jordana Mollick

Melody C. Roscher & Craig Shilowich


23rd ANNUAL KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 23rd annual Someone to Watch Award, sponsored by Kiehl’s Since 1851, 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 Since 1851.


Andrew Ahn

Director of Spa Night


Claire Carré

Director of Embers   


Anna Rose Holmer

Director of The Fits


Ingrid Jungermann

Director of Women Who Kill


22nd TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 22nd annual Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.


Kristi Jacobson

Director of Solitary    
Sara Jordenö

Director of Kiki


Nanfu Wang

Director of Hooligan Sparrow