2021 Gotham Independent Film Award Nominees

Thursday, Nov 4, 2021

The Gotham Awards
The Gotham Awards

The 2021 Gotham Independent Film Awards were announced on October 21, celebrating this year's leaders in independent film and television. Selected by distinguished juries and presented in New York City, the home of independent film, the Gotham Awards are the first honors of the film awards season.  This public showcase honors the filmmaking community, expands the audience for independent films, and supports the work that The Gotham Film & Media Institute does behind the scenes throughout the year to bring such films to fruition.

The awards will be announced live on Monday, November 29th and streamed on Facebook. See the full list of nominees here. Congratulations to the Tisch nominees below! This year, 10 alumni are nominated for 8 projects across 8 categories.


Best Feature

Steve Tisch, Dean’s Council, producer

Best Documentary Feature

Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, faculty (Clive Davis Institute), director

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Shiva Baby
Emma Seligman ’17 (BFA, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV)

Best Screenplay

Red Rocket
Sean Baker ’98 (BFA, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV)
Chris Bergoch ’94 (BFA, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV)

Outstanding Lead Performance

The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain
Frankie Faison ’74 (MFA, Graduate Acting)

Breakthrough Performer

Shiva Baby
Rachel Sennott ’18 (BFA, Drama)

Breakthrough Series – Long Format (over 40 minutes)

Small Axe
Steve McQueen (Kanbar Institute, Graduate Film), creator/executive producer

Breakthrough Series – Short Format (under 40 minutes)

Seith Mann ’02 (MFA, Kanbar Institute, Graduate Film), executive producer

Jen Statsky ’08 (BFA, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV), creator/executive producer



*We apologize for omissions! Please send edits or additions to tsoa.alumni@nyu.edu.