Transgender actresses Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor have been nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for their performances in Tangerine, making them the first transgender actresses to be nominated for such an honor.

Tangerine was one of the most talked about films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and received universally positive reviews. It was purchased by Magnolia Pictures, which distributed the film in a limited release on July 10.

In the film, working girls Sin-Dee Rella (played by Rodriguez) and Alexandra (Taylor) spend a Christmas Eve in Hollywood searching for the pimp who broke Sin-Dee's heart with a cisgender woman while she was locked up in prison.

Neither actress had major acting experience prior to starring in Tangerine.

The film is also notable for being shot on an iPhone 5.