IFC Films

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IFC Films
Industry Motion pictures
Founded 1999
Headquarters New York City, United States
Parent AMC Networks
Divisions Sundance Selects
IFC Midnight
Slogan your world of I-F-C
Website www.ifcfilms.com

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.


IFC Films' first release was a drama in 1999, Spring Forward, directed by Tom Gilroy. Over 600 releases have followed, including:

Video on Demand (VOD) and DVD[edit]

IFC has several ventures in video on demand (VOD), available through cable television pay-per-view, Apple iTunes, and Blockbuster's Movielink. [1]

IFC First Take[edit]

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.[2]

Day-and-date vs. release windowing[edit]

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.[3][4][5][6] 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.[7]

Initial releases[edit]

Films initially distributed by IFC First Take included:

IFC Festival Direct[edit]

Announced in 2008, IFC Festival Direct, is VOD distribution for films not slated for theatrical release in the United States.[8] 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.

Initial releases[edit]

The first films scheduled for IFC Festival Direct were:

Apple iTunes[edit]

In 2006, IFC Films began distributing some films to Apple iTunes. The first batch were thirteen films with nominations in the Film Independent Spirit Awards.[9]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Hernandez, Eugene (2006-01-23). "Park City '06 Biz Daily". Indiewire. Archived from the original on 2008-02-19. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  3. ^ Grover, Ron (2005-10-18). "Movie Moguls Need to Face the Music". Business Week. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 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. 
  4. ^ Olsen, Stefanie; Dawn Kawamoto (2004-09-08). "Picture imperfect for Netflix, TiVo". CNET News. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  5. ^ "The Monster That Ate Hollywood: now playing...and playing...and playing...". Frontline. November 2001. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  6. ^ "The Monster That Ate Hollywood: Interview: Larry Gerbrandt". Frontline. September 2001. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  7. ^ "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.' 
  8. ^ Hayes, Dade (2008-01-14). "IFC adds VOD label". Variety. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  9. ^ Marsal, Katie (2007-02-22). "IFC helps grow Apple's iTunes film catalog". Apple Insider. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 

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