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2016-17 Independent Lens Audience Award Poll! The Winner Is…

It’s time to vote for your own personal favorite from the just-concluded 2016-2017 season of Independent Lens. The voting period will run through 5 pm PT Friday, July 21. There were 20 films in this season that lasted from October through July, so we know it’s tough to choose, but if you could pick just one … READ MORE

Independent Lens Audience Award Survey!

Vote now for your own personal favorite from the just-concluded 2015-2016 season of Independent Lens. The voting period will run through 5 pm PT Monday, August 29. There were 21 films in this season that lasted from October through August, so a lot to choose from. But if you could pick just one favorite film … READ MORE

And the Winner of the 2014-2015 Independent Lens Audience Award Is…

The winner of this season’s Independent Lens Audience Award, as chosen by voting viewers, is…. Kumu Hina! Interestingly, Kumu Hina is not the first Independent Lens film to win the Audience Award that is about hula dance: Men of Hula won the award in 2008. We heard from Kumu Hina filmmaker Dean Hamer, understandably ecstatic about … READ MORE

Time to Vote! Independent Lens 2014-2015 Audience Award

The Independent Lens 2014-2015 season may have ended, but the Audience Award is heating up. Rate and vote for your favorite films from this past season on our Audience Awards page. In order to avoid ballot box stuffing, once your vote is recorded for a given film, you will not be able to vote for it again … READ MORE

Vote for the 2013-2014 Independent Lens Audience Award!

Now that the Independent Lens 2013-2014 season is officially concluded, voting for the Audience Award is heating up. If you haven’t already, rate and vote for your favorite films from this past season by going to our Audience Awards page. In order to avoid ballot box stuffing, once your vote is recorded for a given … READ MORE

The 2013 Audience Award Goes to…

After a tight and active race, Independent Lens voters have spoken: The winner of the 2013 Independent Lens Audience Award is The Revisionaries. Scott Thurman’s “well-made dispatch from a long war” [The New York Times] about the tempest over Texas textbook revisions was called both “alarming [and] hilarious” by Salon.com‘s Andrew O’Hehir, and audiences seem to … READ MORE

The 2012 Independent Lens Audience Award Goes To ….

We had so many great films with so much excellence filling out our 10th season that our Audience Award came right down to a photo finish. Our dual winners tied after unprecedented rates of voting by a very passionate fan base. Thanks to all of our fans for standing up and being counted! So allow … READ MORE

Which Film Will be This Season’s Audience Favorite? Vote Now

UPDATE: Voting for the Season 10 Audience Award is now closed. Thanks for participating! Statues, laurels, trophies, medals, plaques, certificates … there are plenty of awards to be won in the film business, but there is only ONE Independent Lens Audience Award, honoring our fans’ favorite film of the season. Like audience awards at the … READ MORE

Audience Award Winner Two Spirits Was a Community Effort

This week we unveiled the winner of the 2011 Independent Lens Audience Award, our season finale Two Spirits. The film is the story of Fred Martinez, a Navajo boy who was naadlehi, or male with a feminine spirit. Fred was 16 years old when 18-year-old Shaun Murphy bludgeoned him to death for being different. When … READ MORE

The 2011 Independent Lens Audience Award Winner is … Two Spirits!

At film festivals, the award that often matters most to filmmakers and their subjects alike is the Audience Award. They know they’ve struck a chord when the audience applauds their efforts. The race for the most coveted award of the year for Independent Lens came down to the last 30 minutes of voting. Our top … READ MORE