LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that also produces the Spirit Awards, the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series and Los Angeles Film Festival, announced its sponsors for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards, which will be held in a tent at Santa Monica beach on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Piaget is a Premier Sponsor and the Official Jeweler, Jameson ® Irish Whiskey is a Premier Sponsor and Official Spirits, Lincoln, a Premier Sponsor, is the Official Automotive Partner, T-Mobile ® is a Premier Sponsor and the Official Wi-Fi Provider, IFC is a Premier Sponsor and the Spirit Awards Broadcaster, Stella Artois is a Principal Sponsor and Official Beer, Windows Phone is a Principal Sponsor and the Official After Party Sponsor, jcp and Joe Fresh are the Official Gift Bag Sponsor, VOSS Artesian Water from Norway is the Official Water, WireImage is the Official Photographer, American Airlines is the Official Airline Partner, PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent and On 3 Productions is the Official Presenter Gift Lounge producer. As previously announced, the awards ceremony will premiere later that evening at 10:00 pm ET/PT exclusively on IFC, with actor and writer Andy Samberg serving as host of the ceremony. For the sixth consecutive year, Piaget is proud to be a premier sponsor of the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Once again, the luxury Swiss watchmaker and jeweler will present the Piaget Producers Award in recognition of outstanding creative vision and achievement. Piaget will also host its exclusive backstage VIP lounge where the event's most celebrated stars retreat to relax amidst a dazzling display of Piaget's newest high jewelry creations and exceptional timepieces.
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