IFC Films, September 15, 2016

IFC FILMS/SUNDANCE SELECTS PROMOTES ARIANNA BOCCO TO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, ACQUISITIONS AND PRODUCTION

NEW YORK, NY (September 14, 2016) – Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz, Co-Presidents of IFC Films and Sundance Selects, today announced that veteran company executive Arianna Bocco has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Production.

Bocco has spent nearly a decade overseeing acquisitions and production for IFC Films, Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, the three multi-platform film distribution labels owned and operated by AMC Networks, Inc.  Since joining the company in 2006, Bocco has spearheaded all acquisitions at the company, acquiring the rights to some of the most critically acclaimed independent films from around the world, including Certain Women, Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip series, Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, and Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s Weiner, winner of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize.

“Arianna is one of the most talented and experienced executives in independent film,” said Sehring and Schwartz. “Her superb creative instincts and great eye for unique material have led to a proud history of IFC Films distributing some of the most celebrated and acclaimed independent films of all time.”

Bocco joined the company in 2006 and under her leadership the company has acquired over 400 films including: the Golden Globe® nominated and Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner Gomorrah; Director Steve McQueen’s Camera d’Or winner Hunger starring Michael Fassbender; Steven Soderbergh’s Che starring Benicio Del Toro; Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes’ Oscar® nominated Two Days, One Night starring Marion Cotillard; John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s Oscar® nominated documentary Finding Vivian Maier; Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart; In The Loop directed by Armando Iannucci; the Golden Globe® nominated and Cannes Palme d’Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days; Golden Globe® nominated Carlos; and Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper starring Kristen Stewart.

Bocco has vast experience in film acquisitions, production and development, having held a variety of high-level posts throughout her career. Prior to joining IFC Films, she served as head of the independent feature packaging division of the Gersh Agency in New York City, and previously worked at Miramax Films as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions.  While at Miramax Films, she was involved in acquiring such notable films as Zach Braff’s Garden State and Academy Award winner Tom McCarthy’s The Station Agent.  Before joining Miramax Films, Bocco was Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at New Line Cinema and Fine Line Features.  She held various roles in acquisitions there during her six-year tenure.  Bocco began her career at ICM and The Steve Tisch Company. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

She was named to Crain’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2009 Rising Stars and is currently a board member of BAFTA New York. Most recently, she was named as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

About IFC Films

Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of quality talent-driven independent film. Upcoming releases include Kelly Reichardt’s CERTAIN WOMEN starring Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams and Lily Gladstone and Justin Kelly’s KING COBRA starring James Franco and Christian Slater. Recent releases include Robert Budreau’s BORN TO BE BLUE starring Ethan Hawke and Carmen Ejogo; Matthew Brown’s THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY starring Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel; Leslye Headland’s SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE, starring Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie; and Oren Moverman’s TIME OUT OF MIND, starring Richard Gere and Ben Vereen. Some of the company’s notable releases over the years have included Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and Lorelei Linklater, which was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture; Michael Winterbottom’s THE TRIP TO ITALY starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon; Joel Zwick’s MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING; Michael Moore’s FAHRENHEIT 9/11; Lena Dunham’s TINY FURNITURE; Noah Baumbach’s FRANCES HA; and Alfonso Cuaron’s Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN. IFC Films is a sister label to Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.

About SUNDANCE SELECTS

Established in 2009 and based in New York City, Sundance Selects is a leading U.S. distributor of prestige films focusing on American independents, documentaries and world cinema. Upcoming releases include Ken Loach’s Cannes Film Festival Palm d’Or winner I, DANIEL BLAKE and Mia Hansen-Love’s award-winning THINGS TO COME starring Isabelle Huppert. Recent releases include Josh Kriegman and Elyse Sternberg’s Sundance Documentary grand jury prize winner WEINER; Andrew Haigh’s Oscar-nominated 45 YEARS, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay; Olivier Assayas’ CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, starring Juliette Binoche and Kirsten Stewart; Christian Petzold’s PHOENIX; and Laura Gabbert’s CITY OF GOLD. Previous releases include the Dardenne Brothers’ Oscar-nominated TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT; David France’s Oscar-nominated documentary HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE; Wim Wenders’ Oscar-nominated documentary PINA; Werner Herzog’s CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS; Abdellatif Kechiche’s award-winning BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, starring Adèle Exarchopoulos; and John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s Oscar-nominated FINDING VIVIAN MAIER. Sundance Selects is a sister label to IFC Films and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc

About IFC MIDNIGHT

Established in 2010 and based in New York City, IFC Midnight is a leading U.S. distributor of genre entertainment including horror, science fiction, thrillers, erotic art house, action and more. Upcoming releases include Abner Pastoll’s ROAD GAMES. Some of the company’s previous successes have included Jennifer Kent’s critically acclaimed THE BABADOOK; Ben Wheatley’s unconventional hitman thriller KILL LIST; and Rodney Ascher’s acclaimed documentary ROOM 237. IFC Midnight is a sister label to Sundance Selects and IFC Films, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.

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