2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards Screenings
Skip to main content
Event Series

2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards Screenings

The Film Independent Spirit Awards celebrate the finest achievements of today’s dynamic filmmakers. In advance of the awards ceremony in Los Angeles on February 27, members of the Walker and Independent Filmmaker Project MN (IFP MN) have a chance to see the nominated films in four categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best Documentary, and the John Cassavetes Award. Presented for the fourth year in a row in partnership with Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota.


Screenings are only open to Walker and IFP MN members. Free tickets are available starting at 5 pm on screening nights on a first-come, first-served basis; two tickets per membership. Please bring your membership card.

Beginning January 5, Walker Film Club and IFP MN members can reserve two free tickets in advance; ticket orders must be received by 12 noon on day of screening.

Not a Walker member? Join today to see any or all of the Spirit Awards films, plus enjoy free gallery admission, up to 50% off event tickets, and much more.

Film Independent Spirit Award Nominees & Screenings
Best Feature
  • Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson
  • Beasts of No Nation, Cary Joji Fukunaga
  • Carol, Todd Haynes
  • Spotlight, Tom McCarthy
  • Tangerine, Sean Baker
Best First Feature
  • James White, Josh Mond
  • Manos sucias, Josef Kubota Wladyka
  • Mediterranea, Jonas Carpignano
  • Songs My Brothers Taught Me, Chloé Zhao
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Marielle Heller
Best Documentary
  • Best of Enemies, Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville
  • Heart of a Dog, Laurie Anderson
  • Meru, Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
  • The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer
  • The Russian Woodpecker, Chad Gracia
  • (T)ERROR, Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe
John Cassavetes Award
  • Advantageous, Jennifer Phang
  • Christmas, Again, Charles Poekel
  • Heaven Knows What, Joshua Safdie and Benny Safdie
  • Krisha, Trey Edward Shults
  • Out of My Hand, Takeshi Fukunaga
Screening Schedule
  • January 12
    Christmas Again, 6 pm
    Diary of a Teenage Girl, 8 pm

  • January 13
    Heaven Knows What, 6 pm
    Anomalisa, 8 pm
  • January 19
    Tangerine, 6 pm
    Carol, 8 pm
  • January 20
    Krisha, 6 pm
    Heart of a Dog, 8 pm
  • January 23
    The Look of Silence, 2 pm
  • January 26
    Out of My Hand, 6 pm
    Beasts of No Nation, 8 pm
  • January 27
    Manos sucias, 6 pm
    James White, 8 pm
  • February 2
    Meru, 6 pm
    Songs My Brothers Taught Me, 8 pm
  • February 3
    Advantageous, 6 pm
    Best of Enemies, 8 pm
  • February 9
    (T)ERROR, 6 pm
    Mediterranea, 8 pm
  • February 10
    The Russian Woodpecker, 6 pm
    Spotlight, 8 pm


Look for beverages and grab-and-go food outside the Walker Cinema until 8 pm. Walker members save 10 percent on dining.

Walker Film Club

Access to the Walker Film Club begins at the Contemporaries level ($175). Get advance reservations for screenings and premieres, invites to receptions with film luminaries, and more.