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IFC Films is an American film distribution company based in New York, an offshoot of the Independent Film Channel owned by AMC Networks. It distributes independent films and documentaries under the IFC Films, Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight brands. It operates the IFC Center.
- Y Tu Mamá También (2001) – by Alfonso Cuarón
- Casa de los Babys (2002) – by John Sayles
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) – by Joel Zwick
- Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980, restored 2002) – by Connie Campbell
- XX/XY (2002) – by Austin Chick
- Camp (2003) – by Todd Graff
- The Brother from Another Planet (1984, restored 2003) – by John Sayles
- Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) – by Michael Moore
- Land of Plenty (2004) – by Wim Wenders
- Nobody Knows (2004) – by Hirokazu Koreeda
- Touching the Void (2004) – by Kevin Macdonald
- Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) – by Miranda July
- The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005) – by Rebecca Miller
- Transamerica (2005) – by Duncan Tucker
- Sherrybaby (2006) – by Laurie Collyer
- This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006) – by Kirby Dick
- Wordplay (2006) – by Patrick Creadon
- I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (2007) – by Jeff Garlin
- Mister Lonely (2007) – by Harmony Korine
- My Winnipeg (2007) – by Guy Maddin
- Strangers (2007) by Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor
- Afterschool (2008) – by Antonio Campos
- 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2008) – by Cristian Mungiu
- Paranoid Park (2008) – by Gus Van Sant
- Mad Detective (2008) – by Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai
- Home Movie (2008) – by Christopher Denham
- Che (2008) – by Steven Soderbergh
- I Sell the Dead (2008) – by Glenn McQuaid
- Flame & Citron (2008) – by Ole Christian Madsen
- The Disappeared (2009) – by Johnny Kevorkian
- The Wild Man of the Navidad (2009) – by Duane Graves and Justin Meeks
- Dead Snow (2009) – by Tommy Wirkola
- Pontypool (2009) – by Bruce McDonald
- Life During Wartime (2009) – by Todd Solondz
- My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? (2009) – by Werner Herzog
- Americanese (2009) – by Eric Byler, adapted from a novel by Shawn Wong
- Looking for Eric (2009) – by Ken Loach
- Antichrist (2009) – by Lars von Trier
- The Killer Inside Me (2010) – by Michael Winterbottom
- The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2010) – by Tom Six
- Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010) – by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg
- The Other Woman (2010) – by Don Roos
- Fish Tank (2010) – by Andrea Arnold
- Super (2010) – by James Gunn
- The Possession of David O'Reilly (2010) – by Andrew Cull (writer, co-director) and Stephen Isles (co-director; as Steve Isles: producer, composer)
- Peep World (2010) – by Barry W. Blaustein
- Vincere (2010) – by Marco Bellocchio
- We Are What We Are (Somos Lo Que Hay) (2010)
- Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) – by Werner Herzog
- The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (2011) – by Tom Six
- Chalet Girl (2011) – by Phil Traill
- Salvation Boulevard (2011)
- Sleepwalk with Me (2012) – by Mike Birbiglia
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)
- Errors of the Human Body (2012)
- ATM (2012) – by David Brooks
- The Moth Diaries (2012) – by Mary Harron
- Fury (2012) – by David Weaver
- The Angels' Share (2012) (as IFC Midnight) – by Ken Loach
- Grabbers (2012) – by Jon Wright
- Frances Ha (2012) - by Noah Baumbach
- Sightseers (2013) – by Ben Wheatley
- Crystal Fairy (2013) – by Sebastián Silva
- The Look of Love (2013) - by Michael Winterbottom
- Dealing with Idiots (2013) – by Jeff Garlin
- The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2013) – by Chris James Thompson
- The Canyons (2013) – by Paul Schrader
- Maniac (2013) – by Franck Khalfoun
- The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) (2013) – by Tom Six
- Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) – by David Lowery
- The Face of Love (2013) - by Arie Posin
- Almost Human (2013) - by Joe Begos 
Video on Demand (VOD) and DVD
IFC First Take
IFC First Take, launched in 2006, combines a limited theatrical release with availability the same day by VOD. The films show in IFC's New York theater IFC Center, and well as other theaters that may participate. Landmark Theatres were the first outside theaters announced.
Date-and-date vs. release windowing
Traditionally, in the United States, theatrical movies are released with windows separating the theatrical run, then airline and paid hotel showings, then DVD release, then pay-per-view cable, then premium cable, also called pay TV (HBO, etc.), then broadcast and basic cable. VOD services, starting with the first legal one, Movielink, generally gained the rights to the same window as pay-per-view. This put them after the DVD release. Making VOD release simultaneous with DVD is called day-and-date, or collapsing the window.
IFC First Take goes further, with day-and-date meaning simultaneous theatrical release and VOD, though DVD may come months later. For instance, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With came out on First Take in September 2007. The full retail DVD release occurred on April 15, 2008, though Blockbuster's "exclusive" rental was made available in March 2008.
In a March 2008 panel discussion, IFC Film's Arianna Bocco stated that all its films would be released through First Take.
Films initially distributed by IFC First Take included:
- C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004) – a mockumentary by Kevin Willmott
- American Gun (2005) – by Aric Avelino
- I Am a Sex Addict (2005) – by Caveh Zahedi
- Russian Dolls (2005) – by Cédric Klapisch
- Sorry, Haters (2005) – by Jeff Stanzler
- Three Times (2005) – by Hou Hsiao-Hsien
IFC Festival Direct
IFC Festival Direct, announced in 2008, is VOD distribution for films not slated for theatrical release in the United States. Non-theatrical films are known as straight-to-video, but the idea of Festival Direct and other new models is to remove the stigma of that term.
The first films scheduled for IFC Festival Direct were:
- Jar City (2006) – by Baltasar Kormákur, an adaption of a novel by Arnaldur Indriðason
- It's a Free World... (2007) – by Ken Loach
- Beautiful Ohio (2006) – by Chad Lowe
- Puffball (2007) – by Nicolas Roeg
- Good Time Max (2007) – by James Franco
Exclusive deal with Blockbuster
In March 2008, IFC Films and Blockbuster agreed to a distribution deal giving Blockbuster an exclusive 60-day VOD and DVD rental window, attempting to shut out its competitor Netflix. A similar deal in late 2006 between Blockbuster, Genius Products and The Weinstein Company had been partially thwarted when Netflix and other retailers were able to buy DVDs via wholesale "sell-through". Netflix then rented the DVDs under the legal first-sale doctrine. Netflix often had titles available on the same day as Blockbuster. The new agreement with IFC Films had stricter terms, preventing any retail sale during the 60-day window, as well making a claim to exclusive "physical rental distribution rights" for three years. IFC Films receives in-store promotion in Blockbuster retail locations. Genius Products also distributes retail DVDs for IFC Films, but it is not clear whether the previous agreement covered those DVDs. Blockbuster's VOD service is its recently acquired Movielink.
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- IFC Midnight Scores Mexican Cannibal Flick 'We Are What We Are'!
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- "IFP – Alternative Models of Distribution". The Film Panel Notetaker. 2008-03-14. Archived from the original on 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2008-03-23. "'Is the FirstTake model being used for every IFC film now?' Bocco: 'Yes. We're now in 50 million homes for VOD. We just made a deal with Blockbuster. It's been really successful. Why go backwards to a traditional model? We have a lot of these "Mumblecore" movies. They embrace this model. I see a generational difference in filmmakers. Even someone like Gus Van Sant is all for it.'"
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- "IFC Entertainment and BLOCKBUSTER Sign Two-Year Exclusive Rental Deal" (Press release). IFC. 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2008-03-23.
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