Back in Nueva York…More than one of the sore losers on Wednesday night after the Gotham Awards griped about the fact that too many of the nominated films were shot in Canada this year. An issue for the IFP to deal with may be in further educating nominees and others about what the awards are meant to honor. While in previous years the prizes were NYC-centric, they are now aimed at celebrating, in the words of the IFP, “the authentic voices behind and in front of the camera in films made this year.” And while the nominees for the annual Spirit Awards are chosen by FIND and IFP members, these award winners are chosen by small committee.
At the event, Caveh Zahedi winner of the new “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You” award, quipped on stage that the prize was a bit of a backhanded compliment and he encouraged filmmakers not to wait around for distributors to take their movies. “We don’t need to wait for permission to get our films into the world,” he said, “If we can raise money to make movies, we can raise money to distribute.”
Pictured above talking with last year’s Gotham Award directing winner for “Maria Full of Grace” Joshua Marston is this year’s breakthrough director winner Bennett Miller (right). At the post-Gothams party, Marston congratulated MIller and advised him to get ready for a another three months of awards season accolades for “Capote”. [More photos are available in the iPOP section of indieWIRE.]