Film Independent co-presidents Sean McManus and Josh Welsh announced on Thursday (15) that the 28th Film Independent Spirit Awards will be back on the beach in Santa Monica the day before the Oscars in what has become the event’s traditional venue.

The 2013 Spirit Award nominees will be unveiled at a press conference on Nov 27 at The W Hotel in Hollywood. Film Independent members are eligible to vote.

“We are thrilled to return to the singular and celebratory setting of the Santa Monica beach to laud the freshest talent working in film today,” said McManus. 

“Ours is a one-of-a-kind awards show that allows us to not take ourselves too seriously,” said Welsh. “I’m excited to see what our longtime executive producer Diana Zahn-Storey and her amazing production team have in store for this year’s broadcast on IFC.”