2020 IFP Gotham Awards Announce Tributes

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The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced a new annual tribute this year, the Ensemble Tribute at the 2020 IFP Gotham Awards and in its inaugural year the award will be presented to THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7.

Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, the film's cast includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Mark Rylance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Alex Sharp, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Caitlin Fitzgerald, Alice Kremelberg, and Ben Shenkman.

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The 30th Anniversary awards ceremony will take place Monday, January 11, 2021. Previously a juried award, the tribute will honor the performances of a group of dynamic and noteworthy cast onscreen and celebrate their collective effort and contributions to the film's narrative.  

The IFP Gotham Awards is one of the leading awards for independent film and signals the kick-off to the film awards season.  As the first major awards ceremony of the season, the IFP Gotham Awards provide critical early recognition and media attention to worthy independent films and their writers, directors, producers, and actors with eleven competitive awards categories.

The awards are also unique for their ability to assist in catapulting award recipients prominently into national awards season attention.  The 30th Anniversary of the IFP Gotham Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, January 11th, 2021. The awards show will be presented live from Cipriani Wall Street New York in a hybrid format featuring virtual interactive tables to follow health and safety protocols brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 features an all-star ensemble cast and follows the true story of the Chicago Seven, a group of anti–Vietnam War protesters who were charged surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.  The film is currently available on Netflix.

"For our 30th Anniversary, we are proud to introduce a new tribute honor, recognizing excellence in an ensemble cast," said Jeffrey Sharp, Executive Director of IFP.  "Starting this year and in the years to come, we look to celebrate a film that demonstrates the collaborative nature of a group performance and the effect that it has in elevating each individual, and the overall story. 

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Each cast member of THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 delivers an intricate and powerful performance, and we are delighted to celebrate them and their cumulative achievement." 

It was previously announced that Chadwick Boseman will receive this year's posthumous Actor Tribute, Viola Davis the Actress Tribute, Steve McQueen the Director's Tribute, and Ryan Murphy the Industry Tribute.  For information please visit: http://gotham.ifp.org. Tributes will be honored and winners presented live from Cipriani Wall Street New York in a hybrid format featuring virtual interactive tables. 


The Premier Sponsor of the 2020 Gotham Awards is The New York Times. The Official Auto Partner is Cadillac, the Official Water Partner is FIJI Water, the Official Airline Partner is JetBlue, the Official Wine Partner is Robert Hall Winery, and the Official Beauty Partner is The Estée Lauder Companies (Estée Lauder, MAC Cosmetics, and Bumble & Bumble).

About IFP

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution. The organization, under the leadership of Executive Director and award-winning producer Jeffrey Sharp, fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling community through its year-round programs, which include IFP Week, Filmmaker Magazine, and the IFP Gotham Awards.

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About the IFP Gotham Awards

The IFP Gotham Awards, selected by distinguished juries and presented in New York City, the home of independent film, are the first honors of the film awards season. This public showcase honors the filmmaking community, expands the audience for independent films, and supports the work that IFP does behind the scenes throughout the year to bring such films to fruition.

For information on attending: http://gotham.ifp.org 

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