Image courtesy of Film Independent Spirit Awards.

By Misti Kerns

The winter months are a great time to cozy up with some popcorn and watch the year’s most heralded films on the big screen. And with five major movie theaters in our 8.3 square miles, there’s no shortage of venues to watch nominated flicks as awards-season descends upon tinsel town.  

Here in our beachside city there’s an opportunity to get closer to the movie magic and get exclusive access with the Film Independent Spirit Awards – dedicated to independent filmmakers – that have called Santa Monica home for over 30 years.

Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT) is giving away a highly-coveted pair of tickets to the Film Independent Spirit Awards, held at Santa Monica Beach on Saturday, February 23, 2019. To enter the contest, simply post a photo on social media between January 1, 2019 and February 11, 2019 from your favorite Santa Monica Pier business using #SMPierWinter and #SpiritAwards showing how you spend the not-so-hot months beachside in Santa Monica. For complete terms and conditions, visit

Hosted by actress Aubrey Plaza, the Film Independent Spirit Awards show is being held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 and broadcast live on IFC at 2 p.m. PST. This year’s best feature nominees include Eighth Grade, First Reformed, If Beale Street Could Talk, Leave No Trace and You Were Never Really Here.

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