Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature

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The Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature is one of the annual Independent Spirit Awards. It is usually given to the director (or directors) and producer (or producers). The "first feature" designation is applied to the director not the producer(s). Therefore, producers have been nominated multiple times.

In 2000, this category was split into two separate categories: one for films with budgets over $500,000 and a new category, the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award, which was restricted to films with budgets under $500,000. In 2001, films could be eligible regardless of their budget as long as it was feature film directorial debut.

Winners and nominees[edit]




NOTE: Beginning in 2000, nominees were restricted to film with budgets over $500,000. The Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award awarded first features that had budgets of less than $500,000.




  1. ^ "Spirit Awards: Year Of Film Independents". Los Angeles Times. 1987-03-30. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  2. ^ Spirit Awards: 'The Witch' Wins Best First Feature-Hollywood Reporter
  3. ^ ‘The Witch’ Wins 2017 Independent Spirit Award For Best First Feature-IndieWire
  4. ^ Spirit Awards: 'Ingrid Goes West' Wins Best First Feature-Hollywood Reporter
  5. ^ These Are Your 2019 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominees!-Film Independent