It’s not too late to pick up a thoughtful gift for the people in your life, and that includes film distributors. While much of Hollywood is shutting down in advance of the holidays, plenty of cinema-loving elves are still toiling away in hopes of seeing their (very deserving) films land underneath the metaphorical tree.
And there are plenty of gifts to share, because even as the distribution landscape continues to shift and shape with startling regularity, some of the year’s best cinematic efforts are still looking for a home. These titles include awards contenders, festival standouts, and proven winners, readymade for an ambitious streamer or an up-and-coming boutique label. The question of theatrical viability is hardly the same one it was even three years ago, and opportunities for smart distributors to seek out unique material is bigger than ever.
This holiday season, won’t you consider giving a home to these wonderful films? This list includes Sundance winners, Cannes winners, Toronto rabble-rousers, and a bonafide superhero of very different provenance than we’re used to. There is something for everyone, and all of it is very good indeed.
Jude Dry and David Ehrlich also contributed to this article.