Gotham Awards
Current: Gotham Independent Film Awards 2023
Awarded forIndependent film and television
LocationNew York City
CountryUnited States
Presented byThe Gotham Film & Media Institute
First awarded1991; 33 years ago (1991)

The Gotham Awards (/ˈɡɒθəm/) are American film awards, presented annually to the makers of independent films at a ceremony in New York City, the city first nicknamed "Gotham" by native son Washington Irving, in an issue of Salmagundi, published on November 11, 1807.[1] Part of the Gotham Film & Media Institute (formerly Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP)), "the largest membership organization in the United States dedicated to independent film" (founded in 1979), the awards were inaugurated in 1991 as a means of showcasing and honoring films made primarily in the northeastern region of the United States.[2]


In 2004, the scope of the awards broadened to include the international film scene, when the number of awards presented increased from six awards – given to films and those involved in making them primarily from the northeastern U.S. film community – to nine awards, including in its broader scope films originating in Los Angeles, California, and international locations as well.[citation needed]


Having outgrown its previous locations in the city's Manhattan borough, for the first time in its history, the 17th Annual Gotham Awards gala occurred outside of that borough, in the city's Brooklyn borough at Steiner Studios, in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, on November 27, 2007, and it was "promoted nationally via a partnership with The New York Times and locally via broadcast on WNYE".[1][2][3]


Current categories

From 1991 to 2002, the Tribute Award, also called Career Tribute, was awarded as a Lifetime Achievement Award to one person each year and the individual achievement awards (Filmmaker Award, Writer Award, Actor Award, Below-the-Line Award, Producer/Industry Executive Award and Independent Vision Award) were given out separately. As of the 2003 Gotham Awards, the IFP replaced all mentioned individual category awards with Career Tributes.[4]

Discontinued categories


Edition Date Host(s)
1st September 30, 1991 Charles Grodin
2nd 1992
3rd September 28, 1993 Eric Bogosian
4th September 20, 1994
5th September 19, 1995 Michael Moore
6th September 17, 1996
7th September 16, 1997 Jon Stewart
8th September 23, 1998 Stanley Tucci
9th September 22, 1999 Sandra Bernhard
10th September 20, 2000 Jason Alexander
11th October 1, 2001 Andy Dick
12th September 26, 2002 Rosie Perez and John Turturro
13th September 22, 2003 Michael Ian Black
14th December 1, 2004 Bob Balaban
15th November 30, 2005 Kyra Sedgwick
16th November 29, 2006 David Cross
17th November 27, 2007 Sarah Jones
18th December 2, 2008 Aasif Mandvi
19th November 30, 2009 Kumail Nanjiani
20th November 29, 2010 Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci
21st November 28, 2011 Edie Falco and Oliver Platt
22nd November 26, 2012 Mike Birbiglia
23rd December 2, 2013 Nick Kroll
24th December 1, 2014 Uma Thurman
25th November 30, 2015 Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer
26th November 28, 2016 Keegan-Michael Key
27th November 27, 2017 John Cameron Mitchell
28th November 26, 2018 No host
29th December 2, 2019 No host
30th January 11, 2021 No host
31st November 29, 2021 No host
32nd November 28, 2022 No host
33rd November 27, 2023 No host

See also


  1. ^ a b Sederstrom, Jotham (November 16, 2007). "Indie Film's Best to Flock to Navy Yard for Gotham Awards". Daily News. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2012. The ceremony, which was previously held at Chelsea Piers, Hammerstein Ballroom and Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, grew too big for those venues. This year, the event expects to draw more than a thousand film industry notables to the Navy Yard.
  2. ^ a b Press release (July 22, 2007). "IFP Expands 17th Annual Gotham Awards With Move to Brooklyn's Steiner Studios". Independent Filmmaker Project. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007.
  3. ^ Database (undated). "The 17th Annual Gotham Awards (2007)" Archived February 8, 2019, at the Wayback Machine. IMDb. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  4. ^ "Gotham Awards Recipients (1991-present) (as of June 17, 2011)" (PDF). Gotham Independent Film Awards. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2017.