The Next Generation Indie Film Awards will present director Rian Johnson with the first-ever Luminary Award on Saturday, June 18

Director, Rian Johnson

Next Generation Independent Film Awards Winner

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Calum Worthy, seated in a chair, facing the camera

Calum Worthy, actor and comedian, will host the Next Generation Indie Film Awards 2022

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

“We are thrilled to honor Rian Johnson with our first-ever Luminary Award! Rian is an inspiration to many filmmakers who submit their films to our awards program.

—Catherine Goulet, Founder

HOLLYWOOD, California, USA, June 15, 2022 / — The Next Generation Indie Film Awards returns to a new date for 2022 and promises an evening of celebration and laughter led by returning host and co-founder, actor and comedian Calum Digne. The 2022 awards ceremony now includes a special prize, the first-ever Luminary Award, given to Oscar-nominated American filmmaker Rian Johnson. The Luminary Award, the highest honor of the Next Generation Indie Film Awards, will be presented as part of the annual gala evening. All winners will be revealed in person on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. The event will be streamed live on Facebook and Instagram at 7:30 p.m. PST / 10:30 p.m. EST.

As the Oscar-nominated filmmaker who wrote and directed 2017’s 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 from the Golden Globes and a Best Original Screenplay nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Knives Out, a murder mystery he wrote, directed and product. Rian’s career really began in 2005 with Brick, his first feature film, which he wrote and directed. Made for just $450,000, the film won critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival and grossed over $4 million at the box office. Johnson is currently in post-production on Knives Out 2 and the Peacock Poker Face limited series. 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 Blanc.

“We are thrilled to honor Rian Johnson with our first-ever Luminary Award! Rian is an inspiration to many filmmakers who submit their films to our awards program. Like many of these filmmakers, Rian also began his career in directing short films.Since then, Rian has worked on major blockbuster hits and received critical acclaim while entertaining people from a multitude of walks of life, including our entire team who declare themselves passionate about his film Knives Out! Rian is a true representation of a luminary and we wish him continued success,” says Next Generation Indie Film Awards Founder Catherine Goulet.

Celebrities and nominees confirmed to tread the red carpet arrivals and attend the gala include nominees and guests invited by NGIFA to join the celebration of independent filmmakers:

Calum Worthy – Host – (The Act, Pieces of Her)
Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side)
Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space 9)
Matt Berman (director, The Marriage Pact)
Sarah Carter (Lightning)
David DeSantos (Animal Kingdom)
Kim Estes (Kajillionaire)
Landon Liboiron (Hemlock Grove)
Lea Gibson (Joe Pickett)
Celesta DeAstis (Breaking Nightmare),
Pierre Onorati (Station 19)
Raini Rodriguez (Austin & Ally),
Ritesh Rajan (Russian Doll)
Sam Adegoke (Dynasty),
Sujata Day (Insecure)
Josette Pimenta (@TT: @josettepimenta, IG: @josettepimenta)
and others…

The executive producer of the Award 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 complete list of all nominees and award categories for the 2022 Next Generation Film Awards is available: ON THIS SITE.

Attendees of the 2022 Awards Gala include 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 prize winner will win a prize worth over $150,000 in production credits and movie rentals to help the winner film their next project in Los Angeles. Prize packages include rentals from Quixote and MBS Equipment Co., props from ISS Props, software from Final Draft, camera package from Keslow Camera, post-production services from Sugar Studios LA, special invitation at the 2022 American Film Market in-person event in Santa Monica, and more. The complete list of package sponsors is available on the website HERE.

The Next Generation Indie Film Awards Foundation is a non-profit organization created by Catherine Goulet, Andrew Jenkins and Therese ‘Tag’ Goulet – a team of award-winning film producers and the founder of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards – the largest program international awards program for independent authors and publishers. Next Generation Indie Film Awards supports filmmakers 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 provided financial support to more than 50 independent film projects.

Location: Loews Hollywood – 1755 N Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022
Tap Check-in: 5:30 p.m.
Arrivals Red Carpet: 6:00 p.m.
Start of the show: 7:00 p.m.

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