IFC Films has picked up the North American rights to director Dana Nachman’s documentary Dear Santa, about the U.S. Postal Service’s 100-year-old ‘Operation Santa’ program to answer letters from kids to Santa Claus.
A 2020 holiday season release from Dec. 4 is planned for the family-friend pic. The United States Postal Service allowed Nachman and her filmmaking team access to their ‘Operation Santa’ program during the 2019 holiday season.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of letters sent to Santa arrive at post offices countrywide and the United States Postal Service has made the dreams of children-in-need come true by sending back a written response and an enclosed toy from the North Pole.
Traveling the country much like Santa apparently does on Christmas Eve, the film focuses on select ‘Operation Santa’ centers, in major cities like New York City and in small towns where the Post Office is vital to the community.
“We’re delighted to partner with Dana once again, this time on Dear Santa, which puts a spotlight on the incredible individuals behind projects like ‘Operation Santa’. Dana is a documentarian who reminds us continually of the importance of community and we are certain this film will bring joy to viewers of all ages this holiday season,” Arianna Bocco executive vp of acquisitions and productions at IFC Films said in a statement.
Nachman directed the IFC Films release Pick of the Litter, the Warner Bros/New Line Cinema release Batkid Begins, and the Sean Penn-narrated documentary Witch Hunt. She also directed The Human Experiment, Washed Away and the comedies Hook Up 2.0 and The Final Show.
Dear Santa is produced by Chelsea Matter, Brendan Gaul, Christopher Karpenko and Nachman, in partnership with UM Studios.
The deal for Dear Santa was negotiated by IFC Films’ Bocco with ICM Partners and Submarine Entertainment working on behalf of the filmmakers.