Through his leadership roles in film distribution and exhibition over the last twenty-five years, John Vanco has strived to connect great works of cinema with appreciative and enthusiastic audiences.
Since joining IFC Entertainment in 2005, Vanco has helped craft release campaigns for hundreds of films distributed by IFC Films, Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, three multi-platform labels owned and operated by AMC Networks, Inc.
Currently overseeing all theatrical distribution for IFC Films, Vanco has spent more than a decade in IFC Films’ senior management group guiding the selection, marketing and release of films such as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood; Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days; Steven Soderbergh’s Che; Armando Iannucci’s In the Loop and The Death of Stalin; Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams; Wim Wenders’ Pina; Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is The Warmest Color; Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook and The Nightingale; and Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years.
Additionally, Vanco has been responsible for the programming, management, vision and performance of the IFC Center since its opening in 2005. As one of the topgrossing art-house venues in the country, IFC Center has launched countless American independent features, documentaries and foreign films into successful national releases. Additionally, IFC Center has been one of the most curatorially innovative cinemas in the country. Among the film festivals that have been developed and founded by IFC Center are DOC NYC (the nation’s largest documentary film festival), Split Screens TV Festival and What The Fest?!
Before joining IFC Entertainment, Vanco was one of the founders and the President of Cowboy Pictures. Prior to that, Vanco worked at Miramax, New Yorker Films and Fine Line Features
A graduate of the University of Virginia, Vanco lives in Montclair, NJ.