IFC Entertainment has acquired North American rights from Genius Products to Cam Archer's coming-of-age drama Wild Tigers I Have Known.

IFC will release the film on Feb 28 through its theatrical and On Demand cable day-and-date distribution division IFC First Take.

The deal is the latest example of IFC's strong alignment with Genius and its 70% owners, The Weinstein Company (TWC). The Weinsteins have often partnered up with IFC on film acquisitions in recent years; the TWC-controlled Genius also acts as exclusive home video distributor for IFC Films.

'Wild Tigers is a one-of-a-kind coming of age story that connects with audiences on many levels,' IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring said. 'Combining great acting with a powerful and poignant story, we feel it will be widely embraced as a trendsetting film.'

Archer's debut feature stars Malcolm Stumpf, Fairuza Balk and newcomer Patrick White in the story of a teenage boy who invents an alter-ego to ingratiate himself with the male object of his desire.

The film was a familiar sight on the 2006 international festival circuit and won the Special Jury Prize for Originality at the Sarasota Film Festival.

Archer produced and Gus Van Sant, Scott Rudin, Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy were among the executive producers.

IFC's Elizabeth Nastro and Ryan Werner negotiated the deal with Genius Products and Knudsen and Van Hoy.