Film Independent announced the nominees of the 2013 Jameson® FIND Your Audience Award, which is one of the four Film Independent Spirit Award filmmaker grants to be handed out at the January 12 nominee brunch. Funded by Jameson® Irish Whiskey, a Premier Sponsor of the awards, the $50,000 crash grant is designed to assist a feature narrative or documentary filmmaker in building the audience for his or her film. The winner will be highlighted at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 23, 2013.
The nominees for the 2013 Jameson FIND Your Audience Award are:
Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives
Sara Lamm, director
Zachary Mortensen, producer
Kate Roughan, producer
Mary Wigmore, director
Breakfast with Curtis
Laura Colella, director/producer
History of Future Folk
Jeremy Kipp Walker, director/producer
John Mitchell, director
Now in its third year, the Jameson® FIND Your Audience Award was established when Film Independent saw the need to meet independent filmmakers’ biggest challenge today: getting their films out into the marketplace. Previous year’s winners were Benjamin Murray and Alysa Nahmias for Unfinished Spaces and Jeff Malmberg for Marwencol. As part of the grant process, Film Independent will provide ongoing consultation regarding distribution, marketing and publicity.
In order to be considered for the Jameson® FIND Your Audience Award grant, applicants must be the director or producer of a recent American narrative or documentary feature with a production budget of $2.5 million or less that has not yet received significant distribution. The film must have screened at a film festival no earlier than September 1, 2011 and no later than August 31, 2012. In addition, applicants must be a past Spirit Award nominee or winner, Los Angeles Film Festival alumnus or completed one of Film Independent’s Artist Development programs (Labs, Project Involve or Fast Track) or solicited by Film Independent. Films with innovative, alternative marketing or distribution plans were encouraged to apply. Films that have overall North American distribution deals or that have not yet begun a film festival run were ineligible.