'Winter's Bone' to Compete for New Gotham Award

Additional contenders for the Festival Genius Award is "Waiting for Superman," "White Irish Drinkers," "9000 Needles" and "Brotherhood."

Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone, which is up for three awards at the upcoming Gotham Independent Film Awards, will also compete for a new award that will be handed out at the awards event on Nov. 29.

Called the Festival Genius Award, the new prize was announced Tuesday by the Independent Filmmaker Project, which conducts the Gothams, and Slated, which owns the Festival Genius technology used in film festivals’ online guides.

Indie films that have won awards at the top film festivals in the United States and Canada will compete for the new prize.

In addition to Bone, the nominees are Davis Guggenheim’s Waiting for Superman, John Gray’s White Irish Drinkers, Doug Dearth’s 9000 Needles and Will Canon’s Brotherhood.

The nominees are drawn from audience award winners at the top 50 North American film festivals. The five nominees were selected from among 26 films after more than 12,000 votes were cast.

Bone won the audience award for feature film at the 2010 San Francisco and Traverse City Film Festivals; Superman took home the audience award for documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival; Drinkers was the audience award-wining feature film at the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival; Needles won the audience award for best documentary at the 2010 Phoenix Film Festival; and Brotherhood claimed the audience award for best feature at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival.

The nominees were announced Tuesday at the Alfred Dunhill store in New York City by actor Oliver Platt.

The 20th anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards will take place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.