New York, New York, USA
- IFP/New York is a not-for-profit membership and advocacy organization serving the independent film community. The mission of IFP is to build bridges between creative talent and the film industry, providing invaluable information, resources, and avenues of communication. (from the IFP web site, 2004)
- In contrast to the Independent Spirit Awards the Gotham Awards started out in 1991 to cover the East Coast's independent film scene. In 2004 the scope of the event has been extended to honor achievements in narrative and documentary independent filmmaking on a national level.
- Up to 2003 the event always has been celebrated in September.
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Breakthrough Director Award
- The award is the successor to the Open Palm Award
Celebrate New York Award
Classic Film Tribute Award
Documentary Achievement Award
Durga Entertainment Filmmaker Grant
Gotham Appreciation Award
Gotham Independent Film Award
Independent Vision Award
Industry Executive Award
Industry Lifetime Achievement Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
Made in New York Award
Open Palm Award
- The Open Palm Award is the event's former main award and predecessor to the Breaktrough Director Award.
- The Open Palm sculpture was designed by Bruce Weber and Alex Streeter.
Open Palm Award - Special Mention
Special Gotham Jury Award
Spotlight on Women Filmmakers 'Live the Dream' Grant
Student Filmmaker Award
World Cinema Tribute Award
- For the first time a jury is assembled to decide about the Open Palm award's recipient.
- The ceremony is televised for the first time.