IFC to Air Live Broadcast of 2015 Independent Spirit Awards

Independent Spirit Awards 12 years a slave best feature - H 2014
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Independent Spirit Awards 12 years a slave best feature - H 2014

Joel Gallen will executive produce the 30th annual awards show

Instead of airing them with a delay as in years past, IFC will broadcast this year's Film Independent Spirit Awards live. The awards, which celebrate the best independent films of the year, will air on the network at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET on Feb. 21.

This is the 30th anniversary of the awards, which last year included honors for 12 Years A Slave for best feature, Cate Blanchett for best female lead for Blue Jasmine and Matthew McConaughey for best male lead for Dallas Buyers Club.

This year's nominees will be announced on Nov. 25. The ceremony will be held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica as in previous years.

"This year’s show combines the excitement and spontaneity of a live broadcast with a festive celebration of the Spirit Awards’ 30th anniversary,” IFC president Jennifer Caserta said in a statement. “We’re proud to be Film Independent’s longtime partner in bringing this award show to movie lovers and honoring the talented creators that brought us another great year in film."

Film Independent, the nonprofit that supports the Spirit Awards as well as the Los Angeles Film Festival and a LACMA film series, also announced that Joel Gallen will executive produce this year's ceremony. The veteran producer's credits include the last 10 years of Comedy Central Roasts, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies since 2003 and 12 years of the MTV Movie awards, from 1995 to 2006.

He will executive produce with producer Shawn Davis, who is returning for his 13th show.

"Producing the MTV Movie Awards for more than a decade gave me the opportunity to stir up the traditional award show format, and I plan to 'mix it up' again in my approach to the Spirit Awards. And with the show going 100% live, look for a faster-paced and energized show," Gallen said in the statement.