The distributor has acquired North American theatrical, digital and home entertainment rights to the 2015 SXSW documentary spotlight audience award winner.

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story'

Sara Hirsh Bordo’s film charts the life of Velasquez, a 26-year-old born with a disease that stops her gaining weight who defied cyber bullying to become a human rights activist.

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story will get a theatrical release in October followed by ancillary platforms and a presentation on Cinedigm’s Docurama digital network in early 2016.

“Cinedigm is building a legacy around supporting important films with extraordinary heroes,” said Bordo, who founded the production company Women Rising.

“We wanted more than a distributor; we wanted a partner. Cinedigm is the perfect addition to Team Lizzie and we are excited and ready to share Lizzie’s inspiring story of hope with audiences everywhere.”

Abby Davis and Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers with Kristin Harris representing Cinedigm.