IFC Festival Direct inks 10-film deal

Will distribute Celluloid Dream features

IFC Festival Direct has said bonjour to a 10-film deal with Celluloid Dreams to domestically distribute via its Festival Direct program, including a number of titles from top foreign directors.

Almost all the films covered by the deal were part of Celluloid's 2008 Toronto film festival slate. Among the films are Caroline Link's "A Year Ago in Winter," Thomas Vinterberg's "When a Man Comes Home," Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Still Walking" and "White Night Wedding," Iceland's foreign-language Oscar entry from helmer Baltasar Kormakur. IFC Festival Direct previously released Kormakur's "Jar City" earlier this year.

IFC's vp acquisitions and production Arianna Bocco brokered the deal with Celluloid's Hengameh Panahi.

IFC plans to release the films in 2009 through the Festival Direct VOD service, which was launched earlier this year. Some selected films will receive theatrical exposure at upcoming festivals, as well as through art-house, cinematheque and museum bookings.

"All of us at IFC are thrilled to bring this treasure trove of movies from such a prestigious group of international filmmakers to audiences nationwide," IFC president Jonathan Sehring said.

Additionally, IFC Festival Direct has snapped up U.S. rights to "French Film," directed by Jackie Oudney from U.K. based sales agent The Works International. The film also has been sold to Vertigo Films for the U.K.

Works International chief Joy Wong and Arianna Bocco and Elizabeth Nastro for IFC brokered the U.S. deal. The U.K. deal was negotiated between Arvind Ethan David and Judy Counihan for Slingshot and Rupert Preston of Vertigo Films.

Billed as a romantic comedy detailing the contrast between the French and the Brits when it comes to romance, "French Film" is written by British comedy czar Aschlin Ditta and stars Hugh Bonneville, Anne-Marie Duff and Douglas Henshall.