Napa, CA (March 3, 2022) – Piper-Heidsieck, the revered Champagne House known worldwide for its red label, is excited to announce today that it is the exclusive Champagne of the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the premier awards event for the independent film and television community. The 37th Film Independent Spirit Awards will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2022, on the Santa Monica beach in California. Meghan Mullaly and Nick Offerman will host the Spirit Awards show, and Academy Awards® nominee, Kristen Stewart to serve as Honorary Chair of the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
The in-person event will be broadcasted exclusively on IFC. The Film Independent Spirit Awards celebrates creativity, diversity, and unique visions in the emerging filmmaker’s industry.
“The sponsorship with the Film Independent Spirit Awards aligns with Piper-Heidsieck’s rich history in cinema, and as we celebrate up and coming artists, we are proud to be a supporter of this next generation of filmmakers. Like all great things in life, we believe that discovering new talent is #betterwithpiper,” stated Benoit Collard, General Manager for Piper-Heidsieck.
To commemorate the evening, Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Brut NV, the signature cuvée of the House, will be served to all guests and nominees at the awards event, and the after-party at The Victorian in Santa Monica, California: “The only thing better than celebrating the best filmmaking of the year is doing so with the best champagne,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “As we gather for the Spirit Awards under the sunny skies of Santa Monica, we’re so happy to be partnering with Piper-Heidsieck.”
A Grand & Bold Story with the Cinema
The house has long supported cinema with boldness and grandeur, dating back to 1933, when a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck appeared in SONS OF THE DESERT, the debut film of Laurel and Hardy. In 1964, Piper-Heidsieck celebrated Rex Harrison’s Oscar for his role in MY FAIR LADY with a tailor-made 48-liter bottle that was literally as tall as the 5-foot-10 actor. Piper-Heidsieck continues to support the enrichment and preservation of film heritage through the French Cinémathèque and was the official champagne of the International Cannes Film Festival for more than two decades.
Created in 1785 by Florens-Louis Heidsieck who aimed to create a wine worthy of a Queen, Piper-Heidsieck is one of France’s oldest and most awarded Champagne houses. With a grand history, Piper-Heidsieck has been synonymous with excellence, boldness, and grandeur for over 230 years. Awarded “Best Champagne House of the World 2021” by BWW (Best Wine of the World), chief winemaker Emilien Boutillat also recently won the 2021 International Wine Challenge’s Sparkling Winemaker of the Year Award. Piper-Heidsieck is represented nationally in the United States by Folio Fine Wine Partners.
About the Film Independent
For over 40 years, Film Independent has helped filmmakers get their projects made and seen. The nonprofit organization’s core mission is to champion creative independence in visual storytelling and support a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision.