2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards
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2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards

What defines “indie cinema” today? Find out at a three-week run of artistically adventurous fiction and nonfiction feature films nominated for the Film Independent Spirit Awards, copresented with FilmNorth. This annual partnership program showcases nominees for Best Feature, Best First Feature, and Best Documentary, as selected by the independent film community for their exceptional creativity, unique vision, and innovation. Explore the remarkable achievements and breadth of today’s independent filmmaking with special free Spirit Awards screenings just for members.

Pick up two free tickets to each film (available on a first-come, first-served basis), starting one hour before the first screening on each date.

Walker members at the Contemporaries level and above will be able to reserve two tickets per film online here.

FilmNorth and Film Independent members can reserve tickets online here. All reservations must be made by 11 am the day of the event.

Copresented with FilmNorth.


Tuesday, Jan 31

Women Talking, Sarah Polley (Best Feature), 6 pm

Our Father, the Devil, Ellie Foumbi (Best Feature), 8 pm


Wednesday, Feb 1

The Inspection, Elegance Bratton (Best First Feature), 7 pm
Come early for drinks in the lobby from 5:45–7 pm. Join producer Effie T. Brown (The Inspection, Dear White People) for the 7 pm screening, followed by a Q&A.


Sunday, Feb 5

All That Breathes, Shaunak Sen (Best Documentary), 1 pm

Everything Everywhere All at Once, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Best Feature), 3 pm


Tuesday, Feb 7

Emily the Criminal, John Patton Ford (Best First Feature), 6 pm

Aftersun, Charlotte Wells (Best First Feature), 8 pm


Wednesday, Feb 8

A House Made of Splinters, Simon Lereng Wilmont (Best Documentary), 6 pm

Palm Trees and Power Lines, Jamie Dack (Best First Feature), 8 pm


Saturday, Feb 11

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, Laura Poitras (Best Documentary), 3 pm


Tuesday, Feb 14

Bones and All, Luca Guadagnino (Best Feature), 7 pm


Wednesday, Feb 15

Murina, Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović (Best First Feature), 6 pm

Riotsville, U.S.A., Sierra Pettengill (Best Documentary), 8 pm


Saturday, Feb 18

Midwives, Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing (Best Documentary), 1 pm

TÁR, Todd Field (Best Feature), 3 pm

On Wednesday, February 1 from 5:45–7 pm, enjoy a drink from the cash bar, followed by a 7 pm screening of The Inspection. A post-show Q&A will feature producer Effie T. Brown.

Assistive-listening devices are available at the box office. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance for ASL interpretation, audio description, and CART captioning to allow time to schedule these services.

For more information or to request additional accommodations, call 612-375-7564 or email access@walkerart.org.

For more information about accessibility at the Walker, visit our Access page.

The Spirit Awards is the premier awards event for the independent film community, produced by Film Independent, a nonprofit arts organization that champions creative independence in visual storytelling and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Follow the Film Independent Spirit Awards for upcoming announcements about the 2023 nominees.

Join Film Independent to be a part of the exclusive voting body that determines the winners of the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Members are filmmakers, film industry leaders, and film lovers. Anyone passionate about film can join at filmindependent.org/join by December 20, 2022, to be eligible to vote for the winners of the 2023 Spirit Awards.