Shane Meadows’ Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee (pictured) is among a trio of new films that IFC will launch on VOD day-and-date with their theatrical screenings at SXSW.
Meadows’ comedy will launch on VOD under the auspices of the second annual Direct From SXSW partnership simultaneously with its North American premiere at the Austin-based festival.
IFC’s vice-president of acquisitions and production Arianna Bocco negotiated US rights with Ben Roberts at Protagonist.
IFC has also taken worldwide rights to Bryan Poyser’s Sundance premiere Lovers Of Hate in a deal Lizzie Nastro brokered with Kevin Iwashina.
The third new title is Emmett Malloy’s The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights. Bocco acquired rights from WME Global’s Liesl Copland. The film will launch globally on video shortly afterwards and will also screen in theatres through More2screen overseas and B-Side in North America through the IFC Center, AMC theatres and other partners.
The distributor will also make two SXSW 2009 titles available on demand: Daryl Wein’s Breaking Upwards and John Bryant’s The Overbrook Brothers.
“Last year’s collaboration with SXSW was both groundbreaking and successful, and we are thrilled to be partnering with them again to bring an exceptional new selection of films from one of the country’s very best film festivals to a wide national audience,” IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring said.
“We’re all thrilled to be working with IFC Films again to bring the SXSW experience to a national audience,” SXSW conference and festival producer Janet Pierson said: “It’s important to us to continue to help film-makers find bigger audiences both during and after the festival and this is a great opportunity.”
SXSW is scheduled to run from March 12-20.