Independent Spirit Awards announce gender-neutral categories

Next year’s awards ceremony will take place on March 4, with the film’s budget limit being raised to $30 million.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards are making a major change in representation, moving to gender-neutral acting award categories.

The Spirit Awards 2023 will take place on March 4, 2023. Submissions are now open, with an increased budget cap for eligible productions. Film Independent will switch to gender-neutral acting categories for both film and television awards at the 2023 Spirit Awards.

“We’re thrilled to join the other festivals and awards that already celebrate great acting without reference to gender,” said Josh Welsh, President of Film Independent. “We are also pleased to welcome non-binary performers to the Spirit Awards without forcing them to identify as male or female.”

Other awards for non-gender categories include the Grammys, Gotham Awards, British Independent Film Awards, and MTV Movie & TV Awards.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards in the Leading Actor and Supporting Actor categories are no longer defined by gender and are instead referred to as Best Leading Actor and Best Supporting Actor. Awards in the TV acting categories will similarly be known as Best Lead Performance and Best Supporting Performance in a New Scripted Series.

Other category updates include new awards for Best Breakthrough Achievement (Film) and Best Supporting Achievement in a New Screenplay Series (TV). Up to 10 nominees will be nominated in all performance categories except Breakthrough Performance.

In response to rising production costs, the organization also announced that the budget cap for eligible films has been raised to $30 million, with the budget cap for the John Cassavetes Award now being $1 million.

Film Independent President Welsh added: “It has also been a long time since we significantly increased the eligibility budget cap. This new cap allows us to continue celebrating the same breadth of work that we have had in the past.”

In response to the ongoing impact of COVID on filmmakers and the industry, Film Independent is again waiving theatrical screening normally required for eligibility to provide more opportunities for independent filmmakers to be recognized and celebrated.

The submission deadlines for the Spirit Awards for films are as follows:

Early submission deadline is September 6th
Regular deadline is September 20th
The closing date for entries is October 4th
Extended deadline for Arts Circle and Filmmaker Pro members is October 7th

The submission deadlines for the Spirit Awards for TV are below:

Regular deadline is September 13th
The closing date for entries is October 4th
Extended deadline for Arts Circle and Filmmaker Pro members is October 7th

The modified performance categories are as follows:

SPIRIT AWARDS PERFORMANCE CATEGORIES – FILM
Best Lead Performance (10 nominees)
Best Supporting Role (10 nominees)
Best Breakthrough Performance (5 nominees) *new award

SPIRIT AWARDS PERFORMANCE CATEGORIES – TELEVISION
Best Lead Performance in a New Screenplay Series (10 nominees)
Best Supporting Performance in a New Scripted Series (10 nominees) *new award

Film nominations for the 2023 Spirit Awards will be announced virtually on November 22, 2022. Television nominations will be announced on December 13, 2022. The Spirit Awards 2023 will take place on March 4, 2023.

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Lindsay Lowe

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