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“The Departure”, “Quest” up for Spirit Awards

The nominations for Film Independent’s Spirit Awards, which honor films produced in the U.S. for less than USD$20 million, have been revealed. Nominees in the best documentary category — honoring the ...
November 21, 2017

The nominations for Film Independent’s Spirit Awards, which honor films produced in the U.S. for less than USD$20 million, have been revealed.

Nominees in the best documentary category — honoring the film, the director and the producer — include realscreen‘s MIPCOM Picks Best in Show choice, The Departure (directed and produced by Lana Wilson); Faces Places (directed by Agnés Varda and JR, and produced by Rosalie Varda); Last Men in Aleppo (directed by Feras Feyyad and produced by Kareem Abeed, Søeren Steen Jespersen and Stefan Kloos); Motherland (directed and produced by Ramona S. Diaz and produced by Rey Cuerdo); and Quest (directed by Jonathan Olshefski and produced by Sabrina Schmidt Gordon).

Elsewhere, the Truer Than Fiction award, sponsored by Jeep, is designed to spotlight emerging feature documentary directors. Nominees for that honor include: Shevaun Mizrahi (Distant Constellation); Jonathan Olshefski (Quest); and Jeff Unay (The Cage Fighter).

Winners will be announced in Santa Monica on March 3.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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