Film Independent Spirit Awards reveals nominees

Five critically acclaimed docs, including 20 Feet from Stardom (pictured), are up for the best documentary prize, with winners to be announced March 1.
November 27, 2013

Organizers of the Film Independent Spirit Awards have announced the nominees for the 2014 edition, with five critically acclaimed docs vying for the best documentary prize.

Documentary nominees include Jehane Noujaim’s The Square, Morgan Neville’s 20 Feet from Stardom (pictured), Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, Dawn Porter’s Gideon’s Army, and After Tiller from Martha Shane and Lana Wilson.

Meanwhile, nominations for the Stella Artois Truer than Fiction award, a US$25,000 prize bestowed upon an emerging director of non-union features, include Kaylanee Mann for her doc A River Changes Course, Jason Osder for Let the Fire Burn (winner of the Realscreen Summit’s So You Think You Can Pitch? competition in 2010), and the co-directing team of Pancho Velez and Stephanie Spray, for their doc Manakamana.

Winners will be announced on March 1, 2014 at a ceremony in Los Angeles to be hosted by Patton Oswald. For more information, visit


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