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Participant Wins 8 Independent Spirit Awards

'Spotlight' Wins Five Awards, Including Best Feature

'The Look of Silence' Wins Best Documentary

Participant Media is a part of three films that collectively won eight Film Independent Spirit Awards, a company record.

Spotlight, the true story about The Boston Globe’s coverage of the 2003 Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, won five awards: Best Feature, Best Director (Tom McCarthy), Best Screenplay (Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer) and Best Editing (Tom McArdle).

The film also won the previously announced Robert Altman Award for ensemble cast. The Robert Altman Award is given to the film's director, casting director, and ensemble cast. McCarthy accepted the award, dedicating it to The Boston Globe investigative journalists.

Best Documentary was awarded to The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer's companion to The Act of Killing. The Look of Silence explores the Indonesian genocide and its terrifying legacy from the victim’s point of view, following one man on his search for the truth as he confronts his brother’s killers.

Oppenheimer, producer Signe Byrge Sorensen and Adi Rukun, the subject of the film accepted the award.

"Thank you to our Indonesian crew who have to remain anonymous for their safety but who helped us with The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence," said Sorensen.
Beasts of No Nation picked up two acting awards. Abraham Attah won for Best Male Lead, and Idris Elba won the award for Best Supporting Male. The drama, written and directed by Cary Fukunaga, tells the gripping tale of Agu (Attah), a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country.

The three films collectively received 13 nominations. Click here for the complete list of Spirit Awards winners.

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Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant Media’s (www.participantmedia.com) content combines the power of a good story well told with opportunities for real world impact and awareness around the most pressing global issues of our time. As an industry content leader, Participant annually produces up to six narrative feature films, five documentary films, three episodic television series, and more than 40 hours of digital short form programming, through its digital subsidiary SoulPancake—all aimed at entertainment that inspires social awareness and engaging audiences to participate in positive social change. Participant’s content and social impact mandate speaks directly to the rise of today’s “conscious consumer,” representing over 2 billion consumers who are compelled to make impactful content a priority focus. Through its worldwide network of traditional and digital distribution, aligned with partnerships with key non-profit and NGO organizations, Participant is positioned uniquely within the industry to engage a rapidly growing audience while bringing global awareness and action to today’s most vital issues.

Participant’s more than 80 films, including Spotlight, Contagion, Lincoln, The Help, He Named Me Malala, The Look of Silence, CITIZENFOUR, Food, Inc. and An Inconvenient Truth, have collectively earned 56 Academy Award® nominations and 12 wins, including Best Picture for Spotlight and Best Foreign Language Film for A Fantastic Woman. Participant’s digital entertainment division, SoulPancake (www.soulpancake.com), is an award-winning provider of thought-provoking, joyful, and uplifting digital content including such widely popular series as Kid President and The Science of Happiness and reaches an audience of nearly 9 million fans. Follow Participant Media on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram. Follow SoulPancake on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram.