Feb 16, 2010
Film Independent, the non-profit arts
organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival,
announced its sponsors for the 25th Anniversary of the Spirit
Awards. Returning sponsors at the
Premier level include IFC, ELLE, Piaget, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and Acura, with
Stella Artois and LG Electronics joining this year. Netflix returns as a sponsor at the Principal
level, with 100% Pure New Zealand joining this year. The official spirits of the Spirit Awards
will be provided by Jameson Irish Whiskey and G. H. Mumm Champagne. Guests will enjoy Jameson specialty cocktails,
including the Jameson & Ginger, along with Mumm Cordon Rouge
champagne. JW Marriot is the Official
Host Hotel. The Standard, Downtown LA is
a Participating Hotel and the Official Venue for the Member Viewing Party. Wire Image is the Official Photographer,
American Airlines is the Official Airline Partner, and PR Newswire is the
Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent. On 3 Productions, the leader in customized
gifting experiences backstage at the entertainment industry’s most prestigious
events, returns to produce the Official Presenter Gift Lounge and Official
Ceremony Gift Bags. FIJI Natural
Artesian Water is the Official Water of the Spirit Awards.
The 25th Film Independent Spirit
Awards will air live and uncut on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. PST/11:00
p.m. EST on IFC (Independent Film Channel), with the milestone ceremony taking
place at LA Live’s event deck in downtown Los Angeles. Acclaimed comedian Eddie Izzard will serve as
Master of Ceremonies. IFC.com will
deliver up-to-the-minute news and video on the event, including articles,
lists, interviews with nominees, and more.
In addition, SpiritAwards.com and a dedicated Spirit Awards channel on
Babelgum.com will deliver winner updates and photos throughout the course of the
ceremony, followed by red carpet and thank you cam interviews the next
In addition to being the exclusive broadcaster
of the 25th Anniversary Spirit Awards, IFC is also a Premier
Sponsor. The network will host a
hospitality tent located outside of the Main Awards tent entrance. The IFC tent opens at 5:00 p.m. PST, and will
feature specialty cocktails and custom hors d’oeuvres from Chef Wolfgang Puck,
live DJ, and plasma screens running IFC content. At 8:00 p.m. PST, the screens will feature IFC’s
live broadcast of the Spirit Awards.
Premier Sponsor ELLE magazine will
host celebrity presenters, winners, and industry VIPs in the ELLE Green Room, a
sleek backstage lounge where nominees can socialize in an exclusive, stylish
atmosphere. This year ELLE and the Spirit Awards will both celebrate their 25th
Anniversaries in the lounge, dedicated to 25 years of modern fashion in
conjunction with 25 years of modern film. ELLE’s partners in the Green Room are
Garnier, White House Black Market, Keds and Smashbox.
For the third year now, Premier Sponsor Piaget
is proud to lend its support to independence.
To help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Spirit Awards,
Piaget will continue to bring sparkle to the event by offering a sneak preview
of its newest diamond jewelry and time piece collections, themed “Limelight
Jazz Party.” To further demonstrate its
backing, Piaget is also establishing the Piaget Producers Award in recognition
of outstanding creative vision and achievement.
As a new Premier Sponsor, Jameson Irish
Whiskey will serve specialty cocktails on the red carpet as guests arrive, as
well as create two signature bars inside the main tent. Additionally, Jameson will be the featured
spirit in all backstage tents at the Spirit Awards and a bottle of Jameson will
be placed on each table for attendees to enjoy during the show.
As a Premier Partner, Acura will introduce the all-new four-door coupe
concept, the ZDX, on site at the show. The ZDX is the first vehicle to be
conceived and styled from start to finish at the new Acura Design Studio in
California. The segment bending ZDX features stunning coupe-like styling
with the added benefit of a commanding presence and flexible utility. Acura
also offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles
through a network of 271 dealers within the United States. The 2010 Acura
lineup features six distinctive models including the RL luxury performance
sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sports sedan, the turbo charged
RDX luxury crossover SUV, the award-winning MDX luxury sport utility vehicle as
well as the all-new ZDX. For additional information and media inquiries
about Acura vehicles, please visit www.acura.com.
Artois is proud to be the official beer sponsor of the Film Independent Spirit
Awards. Stella Artois is a long-time supporter of independent film and more
than 60 film festivals across the country. Guests on the red carpet and inside
the Spirit Awards will have the opportunity to enjoy a Stella Artois, the
best-selling Belgian beer in the world. With origins dating back to 1366,
Stella Artois originally was brewed as a special holiday beer and named
“Stella,” Latin for “star.” Stella Artois should always be poured into its
signature Chalice and served using the cherished Belgian Pouring Ritual to
accentuate the lager’s golden color, crisp flavor and refreshing finish.
Stars will clean up on the Blue Carpet at The 25th Film Independent
Spirit Awards, thanks to LG Electronics. As a new Premier Sponsor, LG
Electronics will host the opening of the Blue Carpet, where a celebrity guest
(to be announced) will use LG Electronic’s new high-performance Kompressor®
Vacuum to pick up the sand, making the Blue Carpet sparkle at the new venue for
this year's Spirit Awards. LG Electronics will make a donation to
Film Independent’s signature diversity program Project:Involve on behalf of
this, and each additional star who takes on this charitable chore on the
carpet! In the Official Presenter Gift Lounge backstage, presenters also
will be among the first to experience “Something Better” in home care with the
new high-performance Kompressor® Vacuum from LG Electronics, which will be
available in the United States for the first time this Spring. LG. Life’s
Last year, Principal Sponsor Netflix and Film Independent
joined forces to create the “Netflix FIND Your Voice Film Competition” which
awarded an aspiring filmmaker the means to make a full length, narrative film.
This year, the winning film, “Touchback” by Philip Flores will premiere at the
LA Film Festival and will be available to watch instantly streamed from Netflix
As a new
Principal Sponsor, 100% Pure New Zealand will present the winner of their ‘Your
Big Break’ competition at the 25th Annual Spirit Awards. ‘Your Big Break’ saw over 1,000 would-be
filmmakers submit their 3 minute screenplays, five finalists produce their
films in New Zealand, and one winner selected by award-winning director Peter
Jackson. Guests will be invited to view
all five films at the 100% Pure New Zealand screening tent, where they will
also experience a traditional welcome from a Maori warrior and sip fine New
Zealand wine. One lucky guest will find
a pair of business class tickets on Air New Zealand in their gift bag. To view finalists’ entries, visit www.your-big-break.com.
Standard, Downtown LA is a Participating Hotel and Official Venue for the
Member Viewing Party. Located in the
heart of downtown Los Angeles, The Standard, Downtown LA is André Balazs’
second in the expanding collection of Standard hotels: The Standard, Hollywood
on the famed Sunset Strip, The Standard Spa, Miami Beach, a holistic and
hydrotherapy spa hotel on the waters of Biscayne Bay, and The Standard, New
York, in Manhattan’s thriving Meatpacking District. With a rooftop pool and bar
with stunning panoramic views of LA, a 24-hour restaurant and extensive
business facilities, the 207- room Standard, Downtown LA has revolutionized the
concept of a business hotel and established a new standard for an innovative
FIJI Water is the official water of the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards
and has been nominated to hydrate the best and the brightest of the film industry.
FIJI Water, a natural artesian water bottled at the source in Viti Levu (Fiji
islands), is the #1 premium bottled water in the United States known for its
refreshing taste and soft mouth feel. A product of one of the last virgin
ecosystems on the planet, FIJI Water is committed to sustainable development
and is the primary driver of economic development and social welfare in Fiji
through various initiatives. FIJI Water will be served in its pristine form all
throughout the awards- from the tables during the ceremony, to the bars in the
main tent and backstage. We're proud to support Film Independent and their
recognition of this year's nominees.
partnership with the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards,
LuxuryLink.com will offer a portion of the proceeds from a VIP auction to Film
Independent. This deluxe 2-night package will include superior accommodations
at the Montage Beverly Hills, two VIP tickets to this year’s award ceremony,
private transportation, two backstage passes and a special meet-and-greet with
Spirit Awards host, Eddie Izzard.
Established in 1997, LuxuryLink.com is the leader in online luxury
travel with a proven track record of longevity, credibility and success. Designed for travelers seeking inspiration
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ABOUT THE FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS
The Film Independent Spirit
Awards is a celebration honoring films made by filmmakers who embody
independence and originality. Televised
in millions of homes and covered internationally by the press, the Spirit
Awards has become the vanguard event in independent film, recognizing the
achievements of independent filmmakers and promoting independent film to a
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 Foreign
Film, Best Documentary, and the Robert Altman Award. The Filmmaker Grants include Acura Someone to
Watch Award, Truer Than Fiction Award, and Piaget Producers Award.
For more information on
submission guidelines, voting, photo and video galleries, and the history of
the Spirit Awards, please visit SpiritAwards.com.
Independent is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit 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, are 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
leader, or a film lover.
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 offers free Filmmaker Labs for selected writers, directors,
and producers; provides cut-rate services for filmmakers; and presents
year-round networking opportunities. Film Independent’s mentorship and job
placement program, Project:Involve, pairs emerging culturally diverse
filmmakers with film industry professionals.
Independent produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, celebrating the best of
American and international cinema and the Spirit Awards, a celebration honoring
films and filmmakers that embody independence and originality.
more information or to become a member, visit FilmIndependent.org.