|31st Independent Spirit Awards|
|Awarded for||Best in independent film|
|Date||February 27, 2016|
|Site||Santa Monica Pier|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Hosted by||Kate McKinnon|
|Most awards||Spotlight (5)|
|Most nominations||Carol (6)|
The 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards announced its nominees on November 24, 2015. The winners were announced on February 27, 2016 at Santa Monica Beach. The ceremony was hosted by Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani.
|Best Feature||Best Director|
|Best Male Lead||Best Female Lead|
|Best Supporting Male||Best Supporting Female|
|Best Screenplay||Best First Screenplay|
|Best First Feature||Best Documentary Feature|
|Best Cinematography||Best Editing|
|Best International Film|
(The award is given to its film director, casting director, and ensemble cast)
Recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl's since 1851.
Honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
Presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.