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IFC Films is an American film distribution company based in New York City, an offshoot of IFC 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 John Sayles
- XX/XY (2002) — by Austin Chick
- The Brother from Another Planet (1984, restored 2003) — by John Sayles
- Camp (2003) — by Todd Graff
- 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
- The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005) — by Rebecca Miller
- The Baxter (2005) — by Michael Showalter
- Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) — by Miranda July
- 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
- 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2008) — by Cristian Mungiu
- Afterschool (2008) — by António Campos
- Che (2008) — by Steven Soderbergh
- Flame & Citron (2008) — by Ole Christian Madsen
- Home Movie (2008) — by Christopher Denham
- I Sell the Dead (2008) — by Glenn McQuaid
- Mad Detective (2008) — by Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai
- Paranoid Park (2008) — by Gus Van Sant
- Americanese (2009) — by Eric Byler, adapted from a novel by Shawn Wong
- Antichrist (2009) — by Lars von Trier
- Dead Snow (2009) — by Tommy Wirkola
- The Disappeared (2009) — by Johnny Kevorkian
- The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009) — by Tom Six
- Life During Wartime (2009) — by Todd Solondz
- Looking for Eric (2009) — by Ken Loach
- Pontypool (2009) — by Bruce McDonald
- The Wild Man of the Navidad (2009) — by Duane Graves and Justin Meeks
- Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) — by Werner Herzog
- Fish Tank (2010) — by Andrea Arnold
- Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010) — by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg
- The Killer Inside Me (2010) — by Michael Winterbottom
- The Other Woman (2010) — by Don Roos
- Peep World (2010) — by Barry W. Blaustein
- The Possession of David O'Reilly (2010) — by Andrew Cull (writer, co-director) and Stephen Isles (co-director; as Steve Isles: producer, composer)
- Vincere (2010) — by Marco Bellocchio
- Super (2010) — by James Gunn
- We Are What We Are (Somos Lo Que Hay) (2010) — by Jorge Michel Grau
- Chalet Girl (2011) — by Phil Traill
- The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (2011) — by Tom Six
- Salvation Boulevard (2011) — by George Ratliff
- The Angels' Share (2012) — by Ken Loach
- ATM (2012) — by David Brooks
- Errors of the Human Body (2012) — by Eron Sheean
- Frances Ha (2012) — by Noah Baumbach
- Fury (2012) — by David Weaver
- Grabbers (2012) — by Jon Wright
- Liberal Arts (2012) — by Josh Radnor
- The Moth Diaries (2012) — by Mary Harron
- On the Road (2012) — by Walter Salles
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012) — by Mira Nair
- Sleepwalk with Me (2012) — by Mike Birbiglia
- Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) — by David Lowery
- Almost Human (2013) — by Joe Begos
- Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013) — by Abdellatif Kechiche
- The Canyons (2013) — by Paul Schrader
- Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013) — by Sebastián Silva
- Dealin' with Idiots (2013) — by Jeff Garlin
- The Face of Love (2013) — by Arie Posin
- Finding Vivian Maier (2013) — by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
- The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2013) — by Chris James Thompson
- Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian (2013) — by Arnaud Desplechin
- The Look of Love (2013) — by Michael Winterbottom
- Maniac (2013) — by Franck Khalfoun
- Sightseers (2013) — by Ben Wheatley
- Welcome to the Punch (2013) — by Eran Creevy
- 5 to 7 (2014) — by Victor Levin
- At the Devil's Door (2014) — by Nicholas McCarthy
- The Babadook (2014) — by Jennifer Kent
- Before I Disappear (2014) — by Shawn Christensen
- The Best Offer (2014) — by Giuseppe Tornatore
- Boyhood (2014) — by Richard Linklater
- Camp X-Ray (2014) — by Peter Sattler
- Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) — by Olivier Assayas
- Backcountry (2014) — by Adam MacDonald
- Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) — by Chiemi Karasawa
- God's Pocket (2014) — by John Slattery
- The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) (2014) — by Tom Six
- Manglehorn (2014) — by David Gordon Green
- The Riot Club (2015) — by Lone Scherfig
- The D Train (2015) — by Jarrad Paul
- Good Kill (2015) — by Andrew Niccol
- Closer to the Moon (2015) — by Nae Caranfil
- Wild Canaries (2015) — by Lawrence Michael Levine
- Seymour: An Introduction (2015) — by Ethan Hawke
Video on Demand (VOD) and DVD
IFC First Take
Launched in 2006, IFC First Take combines a limited theatrical release with availability the same day by VOD. The films show in IFC's New York theater IFC Center, as well as other theaters that may participate. Landmark Theatres were the first outside theaters announced.
Day-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) — 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
Announced in 2008, IFC Festival Direct, is VOD distribution for films not slated for theatrical release in the United States. Non-theatrical films are known as direct-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
- Sehring, Jonathan (2007-12-02). "First Person: IFC's Jonathan Sehring on Dramatic Change in the Specialty Film Business". Indiewire. Retrieved 2008-03-23.
When IFC launched its Day and Date distribution strategy we did so because we saw so many great movies going without distribution. World class filmmakers were not reaching an audience in this country. When works from masters like Wim Wenders, Hou Hsiao hsien, Ken Loach, Alain Resnais, Lars von Trier and Gus van Sant are going without distribution and great new works from current and emerging filmmakers like Larry Fessenden, Julia Loktev and Christian Mungiu, just to name a few, are available through our Day and Date model, it becomes readily apparent that what was the staple of the independent film business 2–3 years ago is no longer the independent film business today.
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Hollywood's [using an] increasingly outdated "windows" business model, in which studios first sell their flicks to theaters, then release them on DVD, and finally license them for TV. Movies are currently available for download somewhere between DVD and TV... [S]ources say that studios are contemplating whether to begin releasing some of their films 'day-and-date,' meaning they would be simultaneously available on DVD and for downloading.
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'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.'
- Hayes, Dade (2008-01-14). "IFC adds VOD label". Variety. Retrieved 2008-03-23.
- Marsal, Katie (2007-02-22). "IFC helps grow Apple's iTunes film catalog". Apple Insider. Retrieved 2008-03-23.