Two Chilean Fims Nominated for the Spirit Awards

The Independent Spirit Awards have announced today the contenders for its 2014 edition, which includes two Chilean films: Crystal Fairy by (pictured) Sebastián Silva and Gloria by Sebastián Lelio.

Silva's film is competing for the John Cassavetes Award, which honors features made for under $500,000. The film's protagonist, Gaby Hoffman, is also nominated for Best Female Lead. Gloria is up for Best International Film, competing against A Touch of Sin (China), Blue is the Warmest Color (France), The Great Beauty (Italy), and The Hunt (Denmark).

Additionally Una Noche by director Lucy Mulloyhas been nominated in the Best First Feature category and Aaron Douglas Johnston's My Sister's Quinceañera, made with Mexican-American residents of Iowa is up for the 20th Annual Someone to Watch Award. Latino actors have also been included in this year's mix as Guatemalan-born Oscar Isaac is nominated for Best Male Lead in the Cohen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. Melonie Diaz, of Puerto Rican descent, is nominated for Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler. 

The Independent Spirit Awards will be broadcast on March 1, 2014.