IFC Films has acquired North American and select international rights - including East-Central Europe and the Middle East - to David Robert Mitchell’s drama The Myth of the American Sleepover.

The coming-of-age drama, which IFC will release next year, premiered in March at the SXSW Film Festival, where it won the special jury prize for best ensemble cast. It screened at Cannes in the International Critics’ Week section, won the jury prize at this year’s Deauville American Film Festival and took the American Indie Newcomer prize at the Munich festival.

Feature debutant Mitchell wrote and directed, with Adele Romanski (The Freebie) producing.

IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring described the film as “one of the most assured debuts of the year. [David Robert Mitchell] has taken a well known genre and breathed new life into it.”

The North American deal was negotiated by IFC Films’ manager of acquisitions and productions Jeff Deutchman with George Rush of the Law Office of George M. Rush. Deutchman negotiated with Ryan Kampe of Visit Films for the select international rights.