Gotham Awards

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.


Actor Award

Audience Award

Below-The-Line Award

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Breakthrough 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

Filmmaker Award

Gotham Appreciation Award

Gotham Independent Film Award

Humanitarian Tribute

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

Producer Award

Special Award

Special Gotham Jury Award

Spotlight on Women Filmmakers 'Live the Dream' Grant

Student Filmmaker Award

Tribute Award

World Cinema Tribute Award

Writer Award

Historical Timeline

  • 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.

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