Organizers of the Gotham Independent Film Awards unveiled the first details of the spotlights that will take place at its December event. This year's Industry Tribute will honor Katherine Oliver, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment at the 23rd edition of the event. Hosted by the Independent Filmmaking Project (IFP), this year's Gothams are slated for the evening of December 2 at Cipriani Wall Street.
The Industry Tribute is given to a career veteran who has "significantly influenced the motion picture industry." Oliver was appointed Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting on August 1, 2002, and has overseen NYC Media since April 2009.
"We are honored to dedicate our 2013 Gotham Industry Tribute to Katherine Oliver, who has made an indelible impact in the entertainment industry in New York City and beyond. Through her work, she has supported the production of thousands of film, TV, and digital projects, furthermore bolstering the community of filmmakers and digital content creators in New York City," said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of the IFP. "A true Gotham native, Katherine embodies an impressive breadth of work and a long list of achievements that we are proud to celebrate."
Anchoring the evening’s seven competitive awards for Best Feature, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Documentary, Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor and the Audience Award are three tributes to film community icons, including the Industry Tribute, as well as a director and an actor/actress to be announced.
The submission deadline for this year's Gothams is September 20. Nominees for the 23 annual Gotham Independent Film Awards will be announced on October 24. The 35th edition of Independent Film Week, also organized by IFP, will take place at Lincoln Center September 15 - 19.