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Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature

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Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature

The Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature is one of the annual Independent Spirit Awards. It is usually given to the director (or directors) and producer (or producers). The "first feature" designation is applied to the director not the producer(s). Therefore, producers have been nominated multiple times.

In 2000, this category was split into two separate categories: one for films with budgets over $500,000 and a new category, the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award, which was restricted to films with budgets under $500,000. In 2001, films could be eligible regardless of their budget as long as it was feature film directorial debut.

Winners and nominees




NOTE: Beginning in 2000, nominees were restricted to film with budgets over $500,000. The Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award awarded first features that had budgets of less than $500,000.


  • 2010: Get LowAaron Schneider, director; Dean Zanuck and David Gundlach, producers
    • Everything Strange and NewFrazer Bradshaw, director; Laura Techera Francia and A.D. Liano, producers
    • The Last ExorcismDaniel Stamm, director; Eric Newman, Eli Roth, Marc Abraham and Thomas A. Bliss, producers
    • Night Catches UsTanya Hamilton, director; Ronald Simon, Sean Costello and Jason Orans, producers
    • Tiny FurnitureLena Dunham, director; Kyle Martin and Alicia Van Couvering, producers
  • 2011: Margin Call - J.C. Chandor, director; Joe Jenckes, Robert Ogden Barnum, Corey Moosa, Michael Benaroya, Neal Dodson and Zachary Quinto, producers
    • Another Earth - Mike Cahill, director; Hunter Gray, Mike Cahill, Brit Marling and Nicholas Shumaker, producers
    • In the Family - Patrick Wang, director; Patrick Wang, Andrew van den Houten and Robert Tonino, producers
    • Martha Marcy May Marlene - Sean Durkin, director; Josh Mond, Antonio Campos, Chris Maybach and Patrick Cunningham, producers
    • Natural Selection - Robbie Pickering, director; Brion Hambell and Paul Jensen, producers
  • 2012: The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky, director
    • Fill the Void - Rama Burshtein, director
    • Gimme the Loot - Adam Leon, director
    • Safety Not Guaranteed - Colin Trevorrow, director
    • Sound of My Voice - Zal Batmanglij, director

External links

  • Full list of all Nominees and Winners
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