November 27, 2012

See the Complete List of Winners from IFP's 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards

IFP's (Independent Film Project) Gotham Independent Film Awards took place last night, and the entire event was streamed live from their website. We already looked at a few of the nominees, but we've got the entire list of winners and some trailers below. I wasn't able to find trailers or media for all of the films, but the majority have some sort of corresponding media. Click through to see who won the 2012 Gothams.

Here are the award winners and their corresponding trailers (if I could find them). Some of the films are available to watch right now, and others are available to pre-order if they are not instantly watchable. Click on the highlighted titles to watch, pre-order, or read more about them:

Best Feature -- Moonrise Kingdom directed by Wes Anderson

Best Documentary -- How To Survive A Plague directed by David France

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Best Ensemble Performance -- Your Sister's Sister directed by Lynn Shelton

Calvin Klein Female Filmmaker Award -- Stacie Passon, director of Concussion

Bingham Ray Award -- Benh Zeitlin, director of Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Breakthrough Director Award -- Benh Zeitlin, director of Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You Award -- An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty, directed by Terence Nance

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Audience Award Winner -- Artifactdirected by Jared Leto

Breakthrough Actor -- Emayatzy Corinealdi for Middle Of Nowhere

It's interesting how difficult it was finding any sort of media for a few of these films. Now, maybe I'm just not looking in the right places, but in 2012, if your film is winning an award, it's amazing to me that there isn't a trailer or even a clip online somewhere. I can definitely understand if you are planning a release and you haven't done a good trailer yet, but at least having a clip would go a long way (if someone has either for the films I'm missing, I'll gladly add it above).

This brings up a totally unrelated point that has now come to mind. While we talk about distribution changing for independent filmmakers, it's clear that many are still thinking in old-world models about how to get a film out (that does not necessarily apply to any films above). There is nothing inherently wrong with that, but it's just interesting that if you're planning to release your film at some point at the lower budget level, you haven't already started a social media barrage to get your movie in front of as many eyeballs as possible.

With that said, which of these films did you guys see? What did you think of them? Are any of them now on your radar if they weren't previously? Let us know in the comments.


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How in the world did Moonrise Kingdom beat out The Master? PTA is executing his craft at a completely different level right now. MK was cute, with incredible production design, wonderful casting, color and the story was imaginative - with lovely quaint parallels to Pirates of Penzance...but come on. Master was majestic, an exhibit in creative control, precision... timeless existential themes adapted so finely in a modern story and THE PERFORMANCES...and jonny's score, and the incredible shallow images throughout.

November 27, 2012 at 5:01PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


The Master was not an indie film whereas Moonrise Kingdom was independently financed and later picked up by Focus Features.

Of course, with the money (and connections) anyone involved with Moonrise Kingdom had, this is almost a dubious point... but look at Sundance and SXSW and other big festivals...rare is the gem without big time SAG actors...

December 6, 2012 at 6:22PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Daniel Mimura

Your Sister's Sister is *awesome*. It opened SIFF (Seattle Int'l Film Festival) this year...I believe it was only the first or second time a locally made/produced film opened...

...and rightly so. It was amazingly good, with really great performances.

December 6, 2012 at 6:25PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Daniel Mimura