The Independent Filmmaker Project set its top five nominees for the 4th annual Gotham Independent Film Audience Award. To be eligible, a U.S. film must have won an audience award at one of the top 50 U.S. or Canadian film festivals from December 2012 through October 2013.

First round voting began October 24th and ended November 5th at 12:00 am, and comprised 36 audience award-winning films from the top 50 US and Canadian film festivals. Round two voting begins November 8th at 10:00 am to select a final winner and ends November 24th at 11:59 pm. Filmgoers can vote online for their favorite film at http://gotham.ifp.org/audience_award.

2013 Gotham Audience Award Nominees

12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen, director; Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Anthony Katagas, producers
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Fruitvale Station
Ryan Coogler, director; Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, producers
(The Weinstein Company)

Best Kept Secret
Samantha Buck, director; Danielle DiGiacomo, producer
(Argot Pictures and P.O.V./American Documentary)

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey
Ramona S. Diaz, director; Capella Fahoome Brogden, Ramona S. Diaz, producers
(Cinedigm)

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings
Tadashi Nakamura, director; Donald Young, producer
(Center for Asian American Media and PBS)