Each year Independent Feature Project/West (a non-profit company, created to support the independent film community), presents "The Independent Spirit Awards".

And this years(2000) winners are:

BEST FEATURE:

Election
Producers: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, David Gale, and Keith Samples

BEST DIRECTOR

Alexander Payne
Election

BEST FEATURE - Over $500,000

Being John Malkovich
Director: Spike Jonze Producers: Michael Stipe, Sandy Stern, Steve Golin, and Vincent Landay

BEST FIRST FEATURE - Under $500,000

The Blair Witch Project
Directors:Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez Producers: Gregg Hale & Robin Cowie

BEST DEBUT PERFORMANCE

(Actors making their first appearance in a feature film)
Kimberly J. Brown
Tumbleweeds

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Hilary Swank
Boys Don't Cry

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Chloƫ Sevigny
Boys Don't Cry

BEST MALE LEAD

Richard Farnsworth
The Straight Story

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Steve Zahn
Happy, Texas

BEST SCREENPLAY

Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
Election

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Charlie Kaufman
Being John Malkovich

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER

Lisa Rinzler
Three Seasons

BEST FOREIGN FILM (Award given to the Director)

*Executive Producers are not listed.
Run Lola Run (German)
Director: Tom Tykwer

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