What is the value of an Indie Spirit Award?
When approached by Steve Pond at TheWrap.com regarding the dilemma that most of the voting members for the Independent Spirit Awards will be voting on films that they’ve never seen, executive director of Film Independent Dawn Hudson said, “It’s a huge dilemma, and it always has been. We nominate films that don’t have distribution, or they have such limited distribution that you have to go to a festival to catch them. But if we only nominated films that everybody can see, we wouldn’t be doing our job.”
The Independent Spirit Awards are voted on by around 4,000 members who can gain membership by coughing out a $95 membership fee, yet the majority fail to ever see all the films. Very few of the films nominated have DVD distribution or a theatrical release, so viewing the film is a challenge. A disgruntled voter told Steve Pond of TheWrap that, “It isn’t a fair competition if the majority of members can’t see a majority of the films.” Hudson continues, “We are using all the resources we have to get those films out there. Given all that we’re doing, is it a perfectly level playing field? We wish it were.”
To read more about “Indie Spirit Awards Voting: a Stab in the Dark,” go to Steve Pond at TheWrap.com.