IFC Productions triumphed at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah as two of their films secured top awards. Earning bragging rights were Girlfight, for securing the Grand Jury Prize for Best Film in the Dramatic Competition and Best Director for newcomer Karyn Kusama, and Songcatcher, starring Aidan Quinn and Janet McTeer, which earned a Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Cast in the Dramatic Competition. Other IFC Productions premiering at Sundance included: Happy Accidents, starring
Marisa Tomei and Vincent D’Onofrio; Our Song, directed by Jim McKay; and Spring Forward, starring Liev Schreiber, Ned Beatty, Campbell Scott and Peri Gilpin (Frasier).
Another noteworthy success for IFC Productions occurred at last week’s Golden Globe Awards when Hilary Swank of the IFC co-production Boys Don’t Cry beat award favorites Annette Bening and Meryl Streep in the Best Actress category.
The Independent Film Channel launched IFC Productions in March 1997. IFC Productions is dedicated to enabling filmmakers to realize their vision as well as creating feature films for theatrical distribution. It already has four major theatrical releases to its credit —
Steven Soderbergh’s Gray’s Anatomy, John Sayles’ Men With Guns, Kimberly Peirce’s Boys Don’t Cry and Errol Morris’ Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. In addition, IFC Productions upcoming slate includes InDigEnt, a digital initiative which will produce ten digital films this year.