The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) has announced that it’s 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards will take place on Monday, November 29th at New York City’s Cipriani Wall Street. In addition to the awards’ usual lineup: Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Actor, Breakthrough Director, Best Ensemble Performance, and (in partnership with MoMA) the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You; a new award will put the vote in the hands of the public unlike any award before. The Gothams will now honor one film with the Festival Genius Audience Award. U.S. films that have won an audience award at a U.S. film festival from November 2009 to October 2010 will be eligible for the award, which will be voted on by the 200,000 film fans in the Festival Genius community.
Commenting on the announcement, IFP Executive Director Joana Vicente said, “New York is the home of independent film, so it’s exciting that we are celebrating 20 Years of the Gotham Independent Film Awards. This year’s event will bring back all those who were at the forefront of independent cinema and are still thriving today, as well as those who are being welcomed into the fold through their unique vision and daring films.”
The deadline for submissions for applicable categories is Friday, September 17, 2010. The awards have changed their policy to allow films released via VOD and other platforms to be nominated for the Best Feature award. For more information on the Gothams, visit the Gotham site here.