2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Updated February 6th, 2021

Saint Frances (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

1. Saint Frances

After an accidental pregnancy turned abortion, a deadbeat nanny finds an unlikely friendship with the six-year old she's charged with protecting.

2. Lingua Franca

Olivia (Isabel Sandoval), an undocumented Filipino transwoman, works as a caregiver to Olga (Lynn Cohen), an elderly Russian woman, in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. When Olivia runs out of options to attain legal status in the US, she becomes romantically involved with Alex (Eamon Farren), Olga's adult grandson, in the pursuit of a marriage-based green card.

3. Residue

A young filmmaker returns home after many years away, to write a script about his childhood, only to find his neighborhood unrecognizable and his childhood friends being scattered to the wind.

4. The Killing of Two Lovers

David desperately tries to keep his family of six together during a separation from his wife. They both agree to see other people but David struggles to grapple with his wife's new relationship.

5. La Leyenda Negra

In Compton, a soon-to-be undocumented teenager fights for her right to stay in America while risking her family, her friendships, and her first love .