Don’t you just love Award season? Nominees for the 28th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced today in Los Angeles, and we are proud to report that films from all three of Tribeca’s branches—Tribeca Film, Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Institute—were recognized!

War Witch, the Best Narrative Feature at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and a Tribeca Film title, received one of the coveted nominations for Best International Film. Skillfully written and directed by Kim Nguyen, this poignant and harrowing film—Canada’s entry into Oscar Best Foreign Language Film race—follows the life of an unwilling child soldier (masterfully played by Rachel Mwanza) who longs for a peaceful life but can’t seem to escape the ghosts of her past. Coming to theaters and VOD nationwide in early 2013, this haunting motion picture is a must-see.

Two other films that played at TFF 2012 also received nominations. Ira Sachs’s Keep the Lights On, an intimate and honest depiction of a doomed but loving relationship, received four nominations: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Male Lead (Thure Lindhardt). Another favorite from this year’s Festival was Your Sister’s Sister, Lynn Shelton’s complicated family drama, which features a nuanced performance by Rosemarie Dewitt. Ms. Dewitt was nominated for Best Supporting Female for her work.

Tribeca Film Institute is also proud to have two films from its Tribeca All Access program included in this year’s nominees! Aurora Guerrero’s moving coming-of-age film, Mosquita y Mari, is up for the John Cassavetes Award, which is given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Fans of The Wire and Treme will be happy to learn that Wendell Pierce is nominated for Best Male Lead for his role in Joshua Sanchez's TAA-supported film Four, in which he gives a powerful performance as a closeted college professor.

Make sure to tune into the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards on IFC on Saturday, February 23, at 10:00PM ET/PT to root for your favorites.

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