Film Independent is introducing TV prizes for its 2021 Spirit Awards, which have been scheduled for April 24, 2021, keeping the event’s traditional berth on the eve of the Oscars.
The new categories include Best New Scripted Series, Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series, Best Male Performance, Best Female Performance, and Best Ensemble Cast.
The non-profit also announced the 2021 show will be returning to longstanding broadcast partner IFC.
Submissions are officially open. The early deadline for Spirit Award submissions is October 13, the regulardeadline is October 27, the final deadline is November 17, and the extended Film Independent member deadline is November 20.
Nominations will be announced on January 26, 2021.
Film Independent has incorporated TV and episodic work for several years in its year-round programmes, including education, artist development and its screening programme, Film Independent Presents.
“The independent, diverse creators we’ve supported for decades now straddle the feature and episodic worlds,” said board chair Mary Sweeney. “Our mission supports and celebrates visual storytellers wherever they practice their craft. The addition of TV Spirit Awards recognises this expansion by celebrating diverse independent, creative voices across platforms.”
The full roster of 20 awards categories are:
Film: Best Feature Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best First Screenplay, John Cassavettes Award, Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Robert Altman Award, Best International Film, and Best Documentary
The new TVC categories will honour: Best New Scripted Series, Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series, Best Male Performance in a Scripted Series, Best Female Performance in a Scripted Series, and Best Ensemble Cast in a Scripted Series.
Film Independent will continue to honour emerging filmmakers with the Truer Than Fiction Award, Producers Award, and the Someone to Watch Award.