“20,000 Days,” “Citizenfour” nominated for Spirit Awards

20,000 Days on Earth (pictured), Citizenfour, Stray Dog, The Salt of the Earth and Virunga are up for Best Documentary honors at the 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards.
November 25, 2014

Organizers of the Film Independent Spirit Awards have unveiled this year’s nominees.

The five films up for the Best Documentary prize at the 30th annual indie film awards showcase are Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth (pictured), Laura Poitras’ Citizenfour, Debra Granik’s Stray Dog, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders’ The Salt of the Earth, and Orlando von Einsiedel’s Virunga.

To be eligible for the Spirit Awards, a film’s budget must not exceed US$20 million.

Meanwhile, the nominees for the Lenscrafters Truer Than Fiction award are Darius Clark Monroe (Evolution of a Criminal), Dan Krauss (The Kill Team), Sarah Dosa (The Last Season), and Amanda Rose Wilder (Approaching the Elephant). The US$25,000 prize goes to an emerging non-fiction filmmaker working on non-union features who has not received significant recognition.

The nominees were announced by actors Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna at the W Hotel in Hollywood on Tuesday (November 25). The winners will be announced on February 21, 2015 in Santa Monica.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

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