Film Independent Members (and members of IFP) vote to determine the winners of the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards. Film Independent Members are a community of filmmakers, film industry leaders, and film lovers that champion artist-driven film.

To learn more about Membership and become a Film Independent Member, visit All Members must be paid and current as of January 16, 2015 to be eligible to vote for the 2015 Spirit Awards.

2015 Spirit Awards Voter Information (PDF)


Special screening privileges are available to voting Members during Spirit Awards season. Film Independent strives to provide an equitable opportunity for all nominated films to be seen. Here’s how:

Nominee Screening Series

Voting Members and a guest can attend free screenings of all nominated films in Los Angeles or New York. Most screenings include a Q&A with the filmmakers and/or cast.

Screening Series: Los Angeles (PDF)
Screening Series: New York (PDF)

Our page dedicated to the Spirit Awards Screening Series can be found here.

Nominee DVD Screeners

Spirit Award Nominees are invited to mail DVD screeners to Members for voting consideration. Members have the opportunity to view these nominated films in the comfort of their own homes and add them to their personal libraries.

PLEASE NOTE: This benefit only applies to active Members as of December 5, 2014 who have completed the 2015 Spirit Awards DVD Screener Agreement.


Spirit Awards voting takes place entirely online. Eligible voters (Members of Film Independent and IFP) will have the opportunity to begin casting ballots at the close of the Nominee Screening Series in January 2015. Ballots (one per eligible voter) are cast via a secure third-party website and tabulated by Integrity Voting Systems.

Online voting will take place from January 29 – February 17, 2015.

– Voters are strongly encouraged to vote only for nominees in categories in which they have seen ALL nominated films. Ballots will still be valid if a category is skipped.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Film Independent Members who are active as of January 16, 2015 and registered IFP members are eligible to vote for the 2015 Spirit Awards.