IFC new genre label IFC Midnight announced a partnership with Austin’s genre festival Fantastic Fest. Under the pact, four IFC Midnight titles will screen at Fantastic Fest later this month (September 23-30) and be available on VOD cable platforms across the nation simultaneously. The new films include: Philip Ridley’s thriller “Heartless,” Abel Ferry’s mountain climber “High Lane,” Josh Reed’s Australian horror film “Primal,” and Simon Rumley’s “Red White & Blue.” Three IFC Midnight films that screened at last year’s Fantastic Fest will also be available on VOD at the same time: Tom Six’s “The Human Centipede,” Kim Ji Woon’s “The Good The Bad The Weird,” and Jake West’s “Doghouse.”
“Following our successful day-and-date on demand partnerships with SXSW and Sundance, which have included several genre films, a partnership with Fantastic Fest is the next logical step,” commented IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring in a statement. “Tim League has cultivated some of the genre’s most enthusiastic fans, and Fantastic Fest is an ideal festival with which to launch these four amazing films nationwide.”
Fantastic Fest Co-Founder Tim League, added, “We’re very excited to be a part of this new on demand partnership with IFC Midnight. As a long term friend of Fantastic Fest, IFC Films has an excellent eye for acquiring the very best of genre entertainment and distributing them to viewers in unique and innovative ways. Their new IFC Midnight label is the perfect partner for Fantastic Fest.
The “Red White & Blue” deal was negotiated between IFC Acquisitions SVP Arianna Bocco and Travis Stevens of Celluloid Nightmares. Bocco also negotiated the deal for “Heartless” with Cinetic. The “Primal” deal was brokered by IFC Jeff Deutchman and AV Pictures’ Gabin Braxton. IFC Lizzie Nastro and Cecile Gaget of Gaumont crafted the “High Lane” deal.