And the Independent Spirit Award nominees are...

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Film Independent recently announced the nominees for the 2016 Indie Spirit Awards and we’re excited to share that 12 Kickstarter-funded films received 20 total nominations! They're up for everything from Best First Feature to Best Editing. Kickstarter alumni also account for four out of five of the nominees for the prized John Cassavetes Award (granted to narrative features made for under $500,000) and three out five of the nominees for Best First Feature.

We wanted to take a moment to say congratulations to all of the filmmakers that are up for these awards. Here they are:

* A Woman Like Me (Truer Than Fiction Award)

* Advantageous (John Cassavetes Award)

* Anomalisa (Best Feature, Best Director, Best Supporting Female, Best Screenplay)

Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa
Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa

* Christmas, Again (John Cassavetes Award)

* God Bless the Child (Someone to Watch Award)

* I'll See You In My Dreams (Piaget Producers Award)

* James White (Best First Feature, Best Actor, Best Supporting Female)

Borderline Films presents James White
Borderline Films presents James White

* Krisha (John Cassavetes Award)

* Manos Sucias (Best First Feature, Best Editing)

* Out of My Hand (John Cassavetes Award)

* Songs My Brothers Taught Me (Best First Feature, Best Cinematography, Someone to Watch Award)

* (T)error (Best Documentary)

In addition to being nominated for more than a few Spirit Awards, Anomalisa is also getting a considerable amount of Oscar buzz. Needless to say, we’ll be cheering for these films all through award season.

The Independent Spirit Awards will air on IFC on Saturday, February 27 at 5pm EST. If you’re attending the awards, hosting a watching party, or want to put your film on our radar, send us a note at

See you on the big screen!