You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Eberts set up talent award

Winner to be announced at Indie Spirits

Chaz Ebert and film critic Roger Ebert have established the Chaz & Roger Ebert Truer Than Fiction Award and will announce the winner at the Spirit Awards on Friday.

Film Independent made the announcement Monday, noting that the Eberts had established the award with a gift through their family foundation.

“Documentaries are at the cutting edge of independent film right now, and new technologies are making them more immediate and observant than ever,” Roger Ebert said.

Film Independent has given the Truer Than Fiction Award for the past 14 years, tapping an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant, funded by Chaz and Roger Ebert, encouraging the recipient to pursue a career in the film industry.

The year’s nominees are Natalia Almada for “El General”; Jessica Oreck for “Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo”; and Bill Ross and Turner Ross for “45365.”

“Because Chaz and Roger Ebert are longtime attendees of the Spirit Awards and tireless supporters of independent film, we are especially honored that these two beautiful people are providing an emerging filmmaker with the means to continue making films,” said Film Independent exec director Dawn Hudson.

More Film

  • Las herederas The Heiresses

    Berlin Double Silver Bear Winner 'The Heiresses' Sells Major Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

    Chaz Ebert and film critic Roger Ebert have established the Chaz & Roger Ebert Truer Than Fiction Award and will announce the winner at the Spirit Awards on Friday. Film Independent made the announcement Monday, noting that the Eberts had established the award with a gift through their family foundation. “Documentaries are at the cutting […]

  • Touch Me Not

    Berlin Festival Awards: 'Touch Me Not' Wins Golden Bear for Best Film

    Chaz Ebert and film critic Roger Ebert have established the Chaz & Roger Ebert Truer Than Fiction Award and will announce the winner at the Spirit Awards on Friday. Film Independent made the announcement Monday, noting that the Eberts had established the award with a gift through their family foundation. “Documentaries are at the cutting […]

  • Dovlatov

    Berlin: Netflix, Multiple Foreign Distributors Take Alpha Violet’s ‘Dovlatov’

    Chaz Ebert and film critic Roger Ebert have established the Chaz & Roger Ebert Truer Than Fiction Award and will announce the winner at the Spirit Awards on Friday. Film Independent made the announcement Monday, noting that the Eberts had established the award with a gift through their family foundation. “Documentaries are at the cutting […]

  • Black Panther

    Box Office: 'Black Panther' to Snag More Than $100 Million in Second Weekend

    Chaz Ebert and film critic Roger Ebert have established the Chaz & Roger Ebert Truer Than Fiction Award and will announce the winner at the Spirit Awards on Friday. Film Independent made the announcement Monday, noting that the Eberts had established the award with a gift through their family foundation. “Documentaries are at the cutting […]

  • Songwriter

    Berlin Film Review: 'Songwriter'

    Chaz Ebert and film critic Roger Ebert have established the Chaz & Roger Ebert Truer Than Fiction Award and will announce the winner at the Spirit Awards on Friday. Film Independent made the announcement Monday, noting that the Eberts had established the award with a gift through their family foundation. “Documentaries are at the cutting […]

  • museum gael garcia bernal Mexico Cinema

    Berlin: Gael García Bernal’s ‘Museum’ Powers Up Sales for Luxbox

    Chaz Ebert and film critic Roger Ebert have established the Chaz & Roger Ebert Truer Than Fiction Award and will announce the winner at the Spirit Awards on Friday. Film Independent made the announcement Monday, noting that the Eberts had established the award with a gift through their family foundation. “Documentaries are at the cutting […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content