Canadian distributor Pacific Northwest Pictures has acquired E L Katz’s SXSW premiere following a deal with Films Distribution.

The film recently won the New Flesh Award for best first feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.

Vancouver-based PNP will release Cheap Thrills theatrically in Canada day-and-date with Drafthouse Films’ US release, planned for first quarter 2014.

Cheap Thrills tells the story of a new father facing eviction whose life is turned upside-down when he meets a wealthy couple who offer a path to a better life.

David Koechner, Pat Healy, Ethan Embry and Sara Paxton star. Trent Haaga wrote the screenplay and Gabriel Cowan, Travis Stevens and John Suits produced.

PNP’s current slate includes the forthcoming mystery-thriller Night Train To Lisbon starring Jeremy Irons and Mélanie Laurent and Cas & Dylan, the directorial debut from Jason Priestley that stars Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany.