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IFC Films
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryMotion pictures
PredecessorNext Wave Films
Agenda 2000
FoundedSeptember 26, 2000; 22 years ago (2000-09-26)
Headquarters,
United States
Key people
Jonathan Sehring, President (2007)[1]
ParentAMC Networks
DivisionsIFC Productions
IFC First Take
IFC Midnight
Sundance Selects
Websiteifcfilms.com

IFC Films is an American film production and distribution company based in New York. It is an offshoot of IFC owned by AMC Networks. It distributes mainly independent films under its own name, select foreign films and documentaries under its Sundance Selects label and genre films under its IFC Midnight label. It operates the IFC Center.

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New York City

New York, often called New York City or NYC, is the most populous city in the United States. With a 2020 population of 8,804,190 distributed over 300.46 square miles (778.2 km2), New York City is the most densely populated major city in the United States and more than twice as populous as Los Angeles, the nation's second-largest city. New York City is located at the southern tip of New York State. It constitutes the geographical and demographic center of both the Northeast megalopolis and the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the U.S. by both population and urban area. With over 20.1 million people in its metropolitan statistical area and 23.5 million in its combined statistical area as of 2020, New York is one of the world's most populous megacities, and over 58 million people live within 250 mi (400 km) of the city. New York City is a global cultural, financial, entertainment, and media center with a significant influence on commerce, health care and life sciences, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, dining, art, fashion, and sports. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy, and is sometimes described as the capital of the world.

AMC Networks

AMC Networks

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Independent film

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World cinema

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IFC Center

IFC Center

IFC Center is an art house movie theater in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City. Located at 323 Sixth Avenue at West 3rd Street, it was formerly the Waverly Theater, an art house movie theater. IFC Center is owned by AMC Networks, the entertainment company that owns the cable channels AMC, BBC America, IFC, We TV and Sundance TV and the offshoot film company IFC Films.

History

The IFC Films division has a predecessor film label, Next Wave Films, designed to release movies, which was in operation from 1997 to 2002, when it was shut down and folded into IFC themselves.[2][3] IFC also launched a film company, IFC Productions, which set up operation in March 1997 to produce their own feature film projects.[4] On January 18, 1999, IFC launched a film label Agenda 2000, which set up their own film projects, which have their world premiere on IFC.[5]

On September 26, 2000, IFC launched its own feature film unit, branded IFC Films, to be headed by Bob Berney, who went on to have jobs at Newmarket Films, and later founder of Picturehouse.[6]

IFC has several ventures in video on demand (VOD), available through cable television pay-per-view, Apple iTunes, and formerly Blockbuster's Movielink.[1] In 2002, IFC Films struck a deal with MGM Home Entertainment to release its theatrical films to home video, until they along with IFC's original TV shows moved to Genius Products in 2006 as part of a deal signed by Rainbow Media.[7]

In 2006, IFC launched IFC First Take, combining a limited theatrical release with video on demand being available the same day. The films included would be shown at IFC owned IFC Center, as well as other theaters; Landmark Theatres were the first outside theaters announced.[8] That same year, 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] In a March 2008 panel discussion, IFC Film's Arianna Bocco stated that all its films would be released through First Take.[10] That same year, IFC launched IFC Festival Direct, a platform for video on demand distribution, for films without a slated theatrical release in the United States.[11] in 2010, it was announced that IFC Films would be launching a division titled IFC Midnight, the division would focus on releasing horror, sci-fi, thrillers, erotic arthouse, and action.[12]

In 2009, IFC signed home video deals with MPI Media Group and the Criterion Collection.[13][14]

In February 2015, Shout! Factory's Scream Factory made a deal with IFC Films to release their titles on their IFC Midnight label. This included the Blu-ray and DVD releases of The Babadook and Backcountry, among others.[15]

On May 27, 2015, IFC Films struck another home video distribution deal with Paramount Home Media Distribution.[16]

On July 30, 2018, AMC Networks reached a definitive agreement to acquire RLJ Entertainment where AMC would pay $59 million for the remaining RLJE shares not owned by AMC or Robert L. Johnson.[17] The transaction was approved by RLJ Entertainment's stockholders on October 31, and AMC Networks completed the acquisition on November 1.[18] RLJ Entertainment became a privately owned subsidiary of AMC Networks, with Johnson and his affiliates owning a 17% stake. RLJ Entertainment, as IFC Films' sister company, took over home video distribution of their titles in December 2021.

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Newmarket Films

Newmarket Films

Newmarket Films, LLC was an American privately owned independent film production and distribution company and a former film distribution subsidiary of Newmarket Capital Group. The company produced such films as The Mexican, Cruel Intentions, and the Christopher Nolan films Memento and The Prestige. Newmarket distributed, in North America, such films as The Passion of the Christ, Whale Rider, Monster, Donnie Darko, and God Grew Tired of Us.

Picturehouse (company)

Picturehouse (company)

Picturehouse is an American independent entertainment company owned by CEO Bob Berney and COO Jeanne R. Berney. Based in Los Angeles, the company specializes in film marketing and distribution, both in the U.S. and internationally. Its releases have included Metallica Through the Never, and Adam Wingard’s Sundance Film Festival selection The Guest, an Independent Spirit Award nominee starring Dan Stevens.

Pay-per-view

Pay-per-view

Pay-per-view (PPV) is a type of pay television or webcast service that enables a viewer to pay to watch individual events via private telecast.

ITunes Store

ITunes Store

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Movielink

Movielink

Movielink was a web-based video on demand (VOD) and electronic sell-through (EST) service offering movies, television shows, and other videos for rental or purchase. Movielink drew its content offerings from the libraries of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Network Television, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Buena Vista Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Twentieth Television, Koch Entertainment and others on a non-exclusive basis. While it was only available to users in the United States, it was the first company in the world to offer legally downloadable movies from major studios.

MGM Home Entertainment

MGM Home Entertainment

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC was the home video division of the American media company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), whose titles are exclusively distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Genius Products

Genius Products

Genius Products was an entertainment company based in Santa Monica, California, United States.

IFC Center

IFC Center

IFC Center is an art house movie theater in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City. Located at 323 Sixth Avenue at West 3rd Street, it was formerly the Waverly Theater, an art house movie theater. IFC Center is owned by AMC Networks, the entertainment company that owns the cable channels AMC, BBC America, IFC, We TV and Sundance TV and the offshoot film company IFC Films.

Landmark Theatres

Landmark Theatres

Landmark Theatres is a movie theatre chain in the United States. It was formerly dedicated to exhibiting and marketing independent and foreign films.

ITunes

ITunes

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Horror film

Horror film

Horror is a film genre that seeks to elicit fear or disgust in its audience for entertainment purposes.

MPI Media Group

MPI Media Group

MPI Media Group is an American producer, distributor and licensor of theatrical film and home entertainment. MPI's subsidiaries include MPI Pictures, MPI Home Video, Gorgon Video, and the horror film distributor Dark Sky Films. The company is located in Orland Park, Illinois, and was founded in 1976 by brothers Malik & Waleed Ali.

Film library

Source: "IFC Films", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, March 11th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IFC_Films.

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References
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  2. ^ Dempsey, John (March 6, 1997). "IFC makes Next Wave to aid with final print coin". Variety. Retrieved November 29, 2021.
  3. ^ "DAILY NEWS: IFC Shuts Next Wave; Goldwyn Grabs Controversial Mexican Hit; IFP Sets Doc Line-Up". IndieWire. August 22, 2002. Retrieved November 29, 2021.
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  7. ^ Pesselnick, Jill (June 8, 2002). "MGM/IFC Pact". Picture This. Billboard. Vol. 114, no. 23. p. 64. Retrieved December 9, 2016 – via Google Books.
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  10. ^ "IFP — Alternative Models of Distribution". The Film Panel Notetaker (Blog). March 14, 2008. Archived from the original on March 20, 2008. Retrieved March 23, 2008.
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  14. ^ Kay, Jeremy (September 1, 2009). "IFC Films teams up with Criterion Collection for prestige DVD series". Screen. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
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