IFC steals Holdridge's 'Kiss'


On the eve of its Saturday AFI Fest screening, IFC Entertainment nabbed all North American rights to writer-director Alex Holdridge's romantic comedy "In Search of a Midnight Kiss."

The film follows Wilson (Scoot McNairy), an unlucky 29-year-old guy new to Los Angeles who's just had the worst year of his life. As New Year's Eve approaches, a friend (Brian McGuire) convinces him to post a personal ad on Craigs List, leading him to a wild adventure around the city with a free-spirited date (Sara Simmonds).

Executive producer Anne Walker-McBay previously produced Richard Linklater's "Before Sunrise," "Before Sunset" and "Dazed and Confused." Seth Caplan produced the film. IFC will release the film via its First Take day-and-date program next year.

"Alex Holdridge and his incredibly talented collaborators have created one of the discoveries of the year, which might bring to mind such generational comedies as Swingers or the humor of vintage Woody Allen, but it's a complete original," IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring said.

The film premiered at this spring's Tribeca Film Festival and had its international premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival, where it was named "Best of the Fest."

IFC's Arianna Bocco, Lizzie Nastro and Betsy Rodgers negotiated the deal with Cinetic Media, which repped the filmmakers.