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IFTA Picks 30 Most Significant Indie Films

Diverse picks reflects biggest successes of past three decades

my left footIn honor of its 30th anniversary, the Independent Film & Television Alliance has selected its "30 Most Significant Independent Films" from the past three decades.
“IFTA’s board, an international and diverse group, considered a vast number of tremendous, imaginative films," IFTA president-CEO Jean Prewitt said Wednesday. "The (list) truly reflects our industry’s breadth of vision and we encourage the discussion that the selection will spark.”

And the winners are…

1980s: Amadeus; Blue Velvet; Dances With Wolves; Das Boot (The Boat); Gandhi; My Left Foot; A Nightmare On Elm Street; Platoon; Sex, Lies and Videotape; The Terminator (Honorary mentions: The Killing Fields; The Last Emperor; The Toxic Avenger)

1990s: Braveheart; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Fargo; Four Weddings and a Funeral; Life Is Beautiful; Pulp Fiction; Reservoir Dogs; The Silence of the Lambs; The Usual Suspects; Where the Day Takes You (Honorary mentions: Basic Instinct, Good Will Hunting; Trainspotting)
2000s: Brokeback Mountain; Crash; The Hurt Locker; Inglourious Basterds; Juno; Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring; Million Dollar Baby; Monster; The Pianist; Slumdog Millionaire;
(Honorary mentions: Bowling for Columbine; Memento; Twilight)

American Cinematheque will screen "My Left Foot" on Sept. 29, kicking off a screening series in conjunction with IFTA. The event at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood will be followed by a Q&A with director Jim Sheridan (schedule permitting). The series will alternate between the Egyptian and Aero Theatres in Santa Monica.