Lights, Camera, ACTION! The Film Independent Spirit Awards took place last weekend and we were there for all the action. I will be announcing a competition winner today, showing you some star-studded photos and revealing an exclusive video interview with the winner of the ‘Truer Than Fiction Award’.
For those of you unaware of this award show here is a little explanation. The Independent Spirit Awards have been running since 1984 and takes place in Santa Monica (California) – they are co-ordinated by a non-profit organisation called Film Independent – who devote their time to championing independent documentary and film makers. They bring together some of the biggest names in the industry for a big night in a tent ahead of the slightly more glamorous Oscars!
The awards were presented by Seth Rogen this year and ‘The Artist’ walked away with Best Director, Best Actor and Best Feature (surprise!) but Michelle Williams was awarded with Best Actress for ‘My Week With Marilyn’. Pulling focus away from the ‘blockbusters’ for a second, the awards also recognise talent away from the public eye. So I want to draw your attention to a talented documentary maker called Heather Courtney. Heather received the ‘Truer Than Fiction Award’ for her awesome documentary entitled ‘Where Soldiers Come From’, here is the compelling trailer for the film:
Nokia Connects caught up with Heather before the show to ask a few questions:
As one of the lead sponsors at the ISA’s we were running a few competitions both before, during and after the night. I’m now happy to announce one of those winners for the first time!
We set those people attending the event a little challenge to take the most amazing photo inside the venue. Here is our WINNER Lindsay Nicole with her photo:
WELL DONE LINDSAY! We will be in touch shortly.
From one competition onto another! I want to draw your attention to an exciting film grant that we handed out last week. Clara Alcott from Chicago was the winner of the Nokia Independent Film Grant Competition and walked away with $5,000, a Nokia Lumia 800, 2 mobile phone camera lenses and a steadicam rig for the Lumia! We chose her film to win because of her creative input and her professional and articulate presentation. Here is her winning entry:
Last but not least on the competition front was the presence of the Nokia Gift Machine at the awards show. We filled it with Lumia 710’s, Nokia Bluetooth stereo headphones, Nokia Play 360 speakers and tickets to LA Film Festival. All you had to do was check in on Foursquare at the awards and then hey presto, you receive your gift from the machine! Here is the Wire’s Andrew Royo checking out the machine with a winner:
To end, here are those exclusive photos that I promised you at the start: