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IFC Films President Arianna Bocco Exits

Arianna Bocco, IFC Films President, is out at the distributor, Deadline has confirmed.

The shocking news to the NYC indie world comes within days after the 17-year IFC vet was feted at the New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT)’s flagship fundraising event, the annual Muse Awards gala.

Bocco will be replaced in the interim by IFC Head of Acquisitions Scott Shooman. The Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group and CBS Films vet joined last year. The search for a new long-term replacement is underway. Talk about a revolving door at IFC.

We’re still sorting through what went down here. In the meantime, Bocco posted the following statement on social media, “I have big news to share! After much thought, I have stepped down from my post as President of IFC Films to pursue other opportunities. I’m so proud of the IFC Films team I’ve worked with over the last 17 years for what we’ve accomplished and for their hard work, compassion and dedication over many amazing years to doing what we all love – which is supporting great artists and great films. I know the team is in great hands with Scott who will continue to carry on the mission that we have all spent our careers promoting. I’m excited for what comes next”

Bocco was named President of IFC Films in December 2020 after being the only distributor to give those few theaters bravely scrapping by during Covid, product while the big circuits were shut down. This included Dave Franco’s directorial, The Rental. At the time of her appointment, Bocco replaced departing IFC Films Co-President Lisa Schwartz.

AMC Networks only had this to say, “IFC Films is a vibrant and vital part of our business and we will continue to acquire, produce and distribute films across our IFC Films, Shudder and RLJE Films ecosystems.” 

“We have full and total confidence in Scott’s ability to run the business as Interim head and know that our film team will not miss a beat as it proceeds forward with a robust slate of releases and acquisitions,” the company added about Bocco’s sudden, jaw dropping departure.

Since joining IFC Films in 2006, Bocco has spearheaded all feature pickups at the company. Under her oversee, the label has acquired, produced and distributed hundreds of movies including Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which was a Golden Globe winner for Best Motion Picture (Drama) and six-time Oscar nominee including Best Picture and winner for Best Supporting Actress; Cristian Mungiu’s Palme d’Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days; Armando Iannucci’s political satire The Death of Stalin and Oscar-nominated In the Loop; Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy; Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams; David France’s Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague; Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip series; Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook and second feature The Nightingale; Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes’ Oscar-nominated Two Days, One Night; Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper; Clouds of Sils MariaNon- Fiction; Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s The Truth; as well as Christian Petzold’s Phoenix and his upcoming Undine.

Notable recent and upcoming releases include the 2022 Oscar Shortlisted and Gotham and Independent Spirit Award-nominated Corsage from director Marie Kreutzer; the 2022 Oscar Shortlisted Bad Axe from director David Siev, a Critics’ Choice Award winner for Best First Documentary Feature; and the 2021 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Award-winner Happening from Audrey Diwan; as well as upcoming comedy Paint written and directed by Brit McAdams and starring Owen Wilson.

Before IFC, Bocco worked in indie film packaging at Gersh NYC, as an SVP of Acquisitions at Miramax, and prior to that a VP of Acquisitions at New Line and Fine Line. . While at Miramax, she was involved in acquiring such notable films as Zach Braff’s Garden State and Tom McCarthy’s The Station Agent.

Variety first had the news about Bocco.

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