HIFF Films Receive Nominations at Independent Spirit Awards

Several films from the Hawaii International Film Festival’s 2013 and 2014 film programs have been honored with Independent Spirit Award nominations.

As the first event to honor independent film exclusively, the Film Independent Spirit Awards has become the premier awards event for the independent film community. It’s a celebration of the spirited pioneers who bring a unique vision to filmmaking. The Spirit Awards ceremony also brings together top talent from Hollywood and throughout independent film.30th-spirit-awards-logo-download

Awards are presented for the year’s best achievements in independent film, with statues given for Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best Feature Made for Under $500,000—the John Cassavetes Award—and more.

In keeping with its Los Angeles roots, the Spirit Awards takes place each year in and around Santa Monica, California. Currently in its 30th year, the award ceremony will be held February 21, 2015 and broadcast live on IFC. The Independent Spirit Awards is held a day before the Academy Awards telecast.

The list of HIFF films that have received nominations for the upcoming Independent Spirit Awards include:

BEST DIRECTOR
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Director: David Zellner

BEST FIRST FEATURE
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Producers: Justin Begnaud, Sina Sayyah

Obvious Child
Director: Gillian Robespierre
Producer: Elisabeth Holm

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Appropriate Behavior
Desiree Akhavan

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.)

Blue Ruin
Writer/Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Producers: Richard Peete, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani

Man from Reno
Writer/Director: Dave Boyle
Writers: Joel Clark, Michael Lerman
Producer: Ko Mori

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Rinko Kikuchi
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Jenny Slate
Obvious Child

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Lyle Vincent
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD (The 21st annual Someone to Watch Award 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.)

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour

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