IFC Films is getting into the streaming game, launching its own subscription-based, video on demand streaming service on Thursday.
Called IFC Films Unlimited, the catalog of movies will draw on titles from the IFC Films, IFC Midnight and Sundance Select labels, including so far “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” “The Trip,” “45 Years,” “The Babadook” and more as part of an initial offering of several hundred movies.
The service launches today and will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video channels for $5.99 per month. The service hopes to eventually be available on additional platforms.
The launch was made to coincide with the Cannes Film Festival, taking place now. IFC has distributed five winners of the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, and three of those movies, “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” “Dheepan” and “The Wind That Shakes the Barley,” will be available its the initial offering. Other Cannes favorites available on the service include “The Kid With a Bike,” “Gamorrah,” “Certified Copy,” “Tale of Tales,” “Savage Grace” and “Flight of the Red Balloon.”
IFC Films Unlimited also features documentaries like “The Thin Blue Line,” “How to Survive a Plague” and “Joan Rivers: Piece of Work.”
IFC Films will maintain its distribution agreements with Showtime and Hulu, but IFC to plans to release movies on IFC Films Unlimited as part of a second pay-television window.
“Over our nearly 20-year history, we’ve been fortunate to have established a rich library of the best in independent film and we thought the time was right to create an IFC Films-branded platform,” Lisa Schwartz, IFC Films Co-President, said in a statement. “Bringing together a broad collection of films that span our many labels and genres, IFC Films Unlimited will be a general entertainment destination for specialty film fans.”
IFC Films has recently acquired several titles that played at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and SXSW, including “Premature,” “The Sound of Silence” and “Sword of Trust.”
Variety was first to report the launch of IFC Films Unlimited.