Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival, has announced its brand sponsors for the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards, being announced on Saturday, March 3rd.
Now in its 33rd year, the Spirit Awards is an annual celebration (telecast on IFC) honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.
The Spirit Awards are sponsored by Premier Sponsors American Airlines, AT&T, IFC and the Jeep brand; Principal Sponsors, Piaget and Visit Seattle; and Supporting Sponsor Truly Spiked & Sparkling. Bulleit Frontier Whiskey is the Official Spirit. FIJI Water is the Official Water. Landmark Vineyards is the Official Wine. Lindt is the Official Confectioner. Getty Images is the Official Photographer.
American Airlines returns for its fourth year as the official airline and a Premier Sponsor of the Spirit Awards. This year, in partnership with Film Independent, American is recognizing the importance of women in film and in every industry by awarding $50,000 to independent female filmmakers. The Bonnie Award is named after Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo, the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline.
Bonnie, who flew for American for 26 years before retiring, will be attending the Spirit Awards. American is committed to the community in Los Angeles through local partnerships and community projects and, as the preferred airline of the entertainment industry, has formed an advisory council of influencers from leading entertainment corporations to shape future decisions. American offers up to 225 flights per day from LAX to 70 destinations worldwide.
AT&T is committed to supporting the art of filmmaking through access, innovation and technology with creators around the globe. As one of the largest communications and entertainment companies, AT&T helps millions connect to their passions—no matter where they are. We’re one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. We also help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.
Built on more than 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continues to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence. The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Renegade, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.
Piaget is sponsoring the Spirit Awards for the 11th consecutive year. The luxury jewelry and watch company is proud to support talent with the Piaget Producers Award in recognition of outstanding creative vision and achievement. Piaget invites guests to experience the Sunny Side of Life at its artistic installation just off the carpet and create a memento of this special day.
Visit Seattle is excited to be a part of this year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards for the first time. Visit Seattle, a private nonprofit, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. As one of the most creative cities in the world, Seattle continues to create a great home for filmmakers, artists and artisans. This year, through the Seattle Story Award, Visit Seattle is recognizing the contributions of this community and reinforcing their belief that entertainment-based content is a rich and powerful way to share the city’s story. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region.
Truly Spiked & Sparkling (an affiliate of the Boston Beer Company) is a clean, crisp and refreshing spiked sparkling water with a hint of fruit. The innovators behind Truly Spiked & Sparkling worked tirelessly to develop a beverage that was not only delicious, but a spiked option with lower calories and carbs. With just 100 calories, 1 gram of sugars, and 5% ABV, Truly Spiked & Sparkling is crafted with simple, naturally gluten-free ingredients and contains alcohol made from cane sugar—ideal for those looking to balance their social life and wellness routine.
Bulleit Frontier Whiskey has always been passionate about supporting emerging and independent artists, creatives, bartenders and others who embody the spirit of the modern frontier, which is why Bulleit and the Film Independent Spirit Awards have partnered again for the second consecutive year to highlight the cultural frontier of filmmaking. As the official spirits sponsor, Bulleit will feature the Bulleit Woody Tailgate Trailer and specialty cocktails for guests to enjoy in the Bulleit Frontier Works Experience at the 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards.
For the fourth consecutive year, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the apothecary skincare brand known for its combination of nature, science and service, is sponsoring the Someone To Watch Grant at the Spirit Awards, highlighting the talented filmmakers and actors that work within the community. This year, Spirit Awards guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy an assortment of Kiehl’s products in the event facilities. In addition, Kiehl’s is thrilled to support Film Independent’s signature diversity program, Project Involve. As Lead Funder of Project Involve Short Film production, Kiehl’s helps cultivate the careers of filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the industry. To learn more about Kiehl’s, please visit www.kiehls.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram @KiehlsNYC.
For the fifth consecutive year, FIJI Water will serve as the Official Water of the 33rd Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards honoring excellence in American independent filmmaking. FIJI Water® will be tray passed to guests upon arrival and will be featured on every table inside the award show during the televised ceremony. FIJI® Water, natural artesian water bottled at the source in Viti Levu (Fiji Islands), is the No. 1 imported premium bottled water in the United States. FIJI Water, known for its iconic square bottle, soft mouth feel and unique mineral profile, is the water of choice among discerning consumers and top chefs. Widely available at fine restaurants and hotels, all major retail channels and through a convenient home/business delivery service, FIJI Water has expanded globally to more than 80 countries.
Landmark Vineyards will return as the Official Wine of the 33rd Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards honoring excellence in American independent filmmaking. Landmark Vineyards will exclusively pour its signature Overlook Chardonnay and Overlook Pinot Noir at the Spirit Awards’ televised ceremony. With its elegant label and beautifully balanced flavors, the Landmark Overlook Chardonnay and Overlook Pinot Noir will be placed on every table inside the award show and enjoyed by some of the biggest stars and industry leaders.
Lindt will provide custom, limited edition LINDOR gift boxes for the tables at the 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards. The striking red box, which will be available for purchase in a limited quantity on LindtUSA.com, will be filled with Lindt Chocolate’s iconic, irresistibly smooth melting LINDOR milk chocolate truffles and serve as a gift for guests to take home with them or enjoy throughout the show. With more than 170 years of history and Swiss tradition, Lindt & Sprüngli is a global leader in the premium chocolate category, offering high quality products in more than 120 countries.