|Film Independent's Spirit Awards|
|Awarded for||Best in independent films|
|Presented by||Film Independent|
Winners were typically presented with acrylic glass pyramids containing suspended shoestrings representing the paltry budgets of independent films. In 1986, the event was renamed the Independent Spirit Awards. The Independent Spirit Awards are presented by Film Independent, a non-profit organization dedicated to independent film and independent filmmakers. In 2007 the ceremony was slightly changed to Film Independent's Spirit Awards. Since 2006, winners have received a trophy depicting a bird sitting atop of a pole with the shoestrings from the previous design wrapped around the pole.
The awards show was previously held inside a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, California, usually on the day before the Academy Awards (since 1999; originally the Saturday before). Since 1994, the show has been broadcast on the Independent Film Channel.
The 2009 awards took place on February 21, 2009. Independent Spirit Awards 2010 were held on March 5, 2010 inside a tent in downtown Los Angeles.
Aired in the UK channel, Film24 on sky157.