Next Generation Indie Film Awards presents director Rian Johnson with first-ever Luminary Award

The Luminary Award honors a transformative industry figure whose work and journey inspires the film community.

HOLLYWOOD, CA., July 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Next Generation Indie Film Awards have presented a special award, the first-ever Luminary Award, to the Oscar-nominated American filmmaker Rian Johnson. The Luminary Award, the highest honor of the Next Generation Indie Film Awards, was presented as part of the annual gala evening. The winners were revealed in person at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles during an evening of celebration and laughter hosted by the host and co-founder, actor and returning comedian Worthy of Calum.

As the Oscar-nominated filmmaker who wrote and directed the 2017 film Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson has received numerous accolades in recent years, including the Empire Award for Best Director and the Saturn Award for Best Writing, both for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In 2019, he received a Best Picture nomination for the Golden Globes and a Best Original Screenplay nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Knives outa crime novel he wrote, directed and produced.

Rian’s career really began in 2005 with Brick, his first feature film, which he wrote and directed. made for just $450,000the film received critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival and won over $4 million At the box office. Johnson is currently in post-production on Knives Out 2 and the Peacock limited edition Poker face. Knives Out 2 will stream exclusively on Netflix after the streamer bought the rights to the two sequels written and directed by Johnson and starring Daniel Craig reprising the role of Southern Detective Benoit White.

“We are delighted to honor Rian Johnson with our very first Luminary Award! Rian is an inspiration to many filmmakers who submit their films to our awards program. Like many of these filmmakers, Rian also started his career directing short films. Since then, Rian has worked on major blockbuster hits and received critical acclaim while entertaining people from a multitude of backgrounds, including our entire team who are passionate about his film. Knives out! Rian is a true representation of a luminary and we wish him much success,” said the Next Generation Indie Film Awards founder, Catherine Goulet.

The executive producer of the awards show is Andrew Jenkins. The show’s producers include Aina Dumlao and Undercurrent Studios. Award categories include both feature and short films, as well as awards for Best Music Video, Web Series, Debut Filmmaker, LGBTQ+ Filmmaker Short, BIPOC Filmmaker, animation, student films and the best documentaries. For more information on the Next Generation Indie Film Awards:

A full list of all 2022 Next Generation Film Awards nominees, winners and categories is available: ON THIS SITE.

Attendees of the 2022 awards gala included nominees, program judges, honorees, industry partners and sponsors from major film companies who continue to generously support the work of the Next Generation Indie Film Awards Foundation throughout of the year.

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, the 2022 Grand Prix is ​​a prize package of greater value $150,000 in film production and rental credits to help the winner film their next project in Los Angeles. It includes rental from Quixote and MBS Equipment Co., props from ISS Props, software from Final Draft, camera set from Keslow Camera, post-production services from Sugar Studios LA, special invitation to the 2022 American Film Market in-person event. in santa monica, and more. The full list of package sponsors is available on the website HERE.


Formed in 2020, the inaugural Next Generation Indie Film Awards gala was held at Hollywood in 2021. Catherine Gouletserial entrepreneur and successful visionary, founded and established the world’s largest awards program for independent authors and publishers, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, launched in 2008.

The film awards evolved from the book awards program in 2020, when Catherine conceptualized the non-profit Next Generation Indie Film Awards Foundation, and Catherine teamed up with Andrew Jenkins and her sister Therese ‘Tag’ Goulet to create the film’s award program.

Tag Goulet is a film producer and patron who has financed more than 100 independent films by young filmmakers, including two from Santa Monica College film program which was screened at walking sticks Film festival.

Andrew Jenkins is an award-winning actor and producer, as well as an accomplished entrepreneur and business leader. Worthy of Caluma lifelong friend of Andrew’s since the two starred in a TV series together as teenagers, joined the trio as founding members of the nonprofit in 2022.

Together, this multi-generational team of founders have a vested interest in the future of independent filmmaking and have created a global awards program that celebrates exceptional work and helps independent filmmakers break through. The annual galas are a place where filmmakers can forge critical connections with the industry and come together to celebrate with other nominees.

The Next Generation Indie Film Awards Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports filmmakers around the world through its annual awards and other programs throughout the year. They strive to support filmmakers at all stages of the filmmaking process by helping them reach an audience and aim to advance filmmakers’ careers through services, education and access to resources. The organization has financially supported over 50 independent film projects since its inception.


Entries are now being accepted for the 2023 Next Generation Indie Film Awards. Award categories include both feature and short films, as well as awards for Best Music Video, Web Series, Debut Filmmaker, LGBTQ+ Filmmaker Short, BIPOC Filmmaker, animation, student films and the best documentaries.

More information about the prizes, including how to enter, is available here:

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