Powerhouse director Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th, A Wrinkle in Time) will be this year’s Honorary Chair at the 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards.  Past Honorary Chairs include David Oyelowo, Jessica Chastain, Kerry Washington, Ang Lee and Martin Scorsese. The Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity in the industry.

“We are so happy to have Ava DuVernay as our Spirit Awards Honorary Chair.  Ava is a remarkable filmmaker – a writer, director and producer we have celebrated at the Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival. More than that, she is a leader and a powerful voice for change, in the industry and beyond,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh.

Winners, who are selected by Film Independent Members, will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The awards ceremony co-hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney will be held on the beach in Santa Monica, just north of the Santa Monica Pier. The show will broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 2:00 pm PT/ 5:00 pm ET.

The list of the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations can be found HERE.

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