American Airlines announces USD 50k Bonnie Award for innovative female film director

American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL) is recognizing the importance of women in film by announcing a new USD 50,000 award for independent film directors at this year´s Film Independent Spirit Awards, the airline said.

The Bonnie Award will be given to an up-and-coming female director and seeks to honor their innovative vision and breakthrough work in the entertainment industry.

The award´s namesake, Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo, was the first female pilot to fly for a major US airline. Tiburzi began her career in 1973 when she was hired by American Airlines as a flight engineer. Tiburzi flew for American for 26 years before retiring.

As the preferred airline to the entertainment industry, American Airlines is the official airline and premier sponsor of the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the awards show for the independent film community.

American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. It is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members serve more than 1,000 destinations with about 14,250 daily flights over 150 countries.

Now in its 32nd year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.