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Distributor Profile: IFC

Distributor Profile: IFC

Company History
Established a decade ago, IFC Films – a division of Rainbow Media’s IFC Entertainment – is the leading U.S. distributor of independent and foreign film. Its unique day and date distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them simultaneously in theaters as well as on cable’s On Demand platform and through Pay-Per-View, reaching nearly 50 million homes. IFC Films’ “IFC Midnight” label, launched in 2010, offers the very best in international genre cinema, including horror, sci-fi, thrillers, erotic arthouse, action and more. Some of the company’s successes over the years have included “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” Touching the Void,” Me and You and Everyone We Know,” “4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days,” “Gomorrah,” “Che,” “Summer Hours,” “In the Loop,” “Antichrist,” “The Human Centipede,” “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” and “Wordplay.” IFC Films has worked with established and breakout auteurs including Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Miranda July, Lars Von Trier, Gaspar Noe, Todd Solondz, Cristian Mungiu, Susanne Bier, Olivier Assayas, Jim McKay, Larry Fessenden, Gregg Araki, Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, as well as more recent breakouts such as Andrea Arnold, Mia Hansen Love, Corneliu Porombiou, Joe Swanberg, Barry Jenkins, Lena Dunham, Aaron Katz, Daryl Wein and Abdellatif Kechiche.

Company Focus

Types of films in distributor’s slate:
IFC Films prides itself on its diversity when it comes to the types of films we acquire and bring to audiences. We bring more foreign language films to US audiences than any other company, such as Hong Kong’s “Vengeance” or France’s “Heartbreaker.” We also acquire many interesting English language titles from abroad – from the Oscar nominated comedy “In the Loop” (a UK import) to edgier and even controversial fare like Michael Winterbottom’s “The Killer Inside Me” or Lars Von Trier’s “Antichrist.” Additionally, we release American independents of all shapes and sizes including many more low and micro-budget films than anyone else. Beyond that, we also release many documentaries as well including the critically-acclaimed “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” a film we picked up at Sundance in January 2010, “Wordplay,” and “Touching the Void.”

Advice for filmmakers:
We offer filmmakers a release plan that we think will make them money at the end of the day and will get their films in front of the widest possible audience. Our filmmakers should approach this as a partnership that is a vital part of their film’s success. Every filmmaker needs to cultivate and grow their own audiences from the very early phases of production or pre-production so audiences can be built-in when the film is released. When we do release a film, we welcome input, ideas and in many instances, some outreach beyond what we are doing.

Quick Stats

Who handles acquisitions:
IFC’s deals are negotiated by Arianna Bocco (Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Production), Lizzie Nastro (IFC Films Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions), and Jeff Deutchman (Manager of Acquisitions and Co-Production).

Number of films released theatrically each year:
In the theatrical sense, IFC Films releases approximately 24-28 titles per year.

Distribution platforms other than theatrical:
We are a full service distribution company which releases films simultaneously in theaters and via video on demand (VOD), with many titles premiering exclusively on VOD. We also distribute on home video, digital, television and in Canada through various output deals.

Number of films released exclusively via VOD/DVD or “alternative” means of release:
IFC releases approximately forty to fifty per year through On Demand and Pay Per View in addition to many titles on DVD.

Number of films acquired at festivals:
Approximately 30% of IFC releases are acquired on the festival circuit.

Festivals where distributor has acquired films in the last two years:
IFC Films has a presence at all major festivals both domestically and internationally, including the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Berlin film Festival, and South by Southwest.

[For more information, visit the company’s website.]

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