Lisa Schwartz
Courtesy of IFC
United States
2020

IFC Films

Lisa
Schwartz

Co-President

Schwartz found an ingenious way to get her films into theatrical release during the coronavirus pandemic: Show them at drive-in theaters, where social distancing is baked into the experience. She also reached out to the owners of independent indoor theaters with “The Indie Theater Revival Project,” which offered them the opportunity to screen a selection of 150 IFC library titles culled from its 20-year history free of charge when they reopened for business. Although IFC Films made its name with dramas, docs and the occasional comedy, Schwartz has found increasing success for the company with horror movies such as recent releases “The Wretched” and “The Rental.” Last year, she launched IFC Films Unlimited, an SVOD service featuring several hundred titles from the company’s various distribution labels. She will step down from her position at the end of 2020.

Career

  • WILDLIFE
  • THE RENTAL
  • THE WRETCHED

Education

  • Cabrini College (PA, USA)
  • CTAM University (MD, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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IFC Films Co-President Lisa Schwartz Stepping Down in 2021

IFC Films Co-President Lisa Schwartz Stepping Down in 2021

Lisa Schwartz, co-president of IFC Films, announced she will be stepping down from her role at the end of the year.Schwartz, who led the independent film studio's business strategy, distribution and strategic partnership, most recently spearheaded IFC's streaming channel called IFC Films Unlimited. The newly created subscription-based platform is home to IFC favorites like "The Trip," "45 Years" and "The Babdook."IFC Films has been one of the few studios to continue rolling out new movies during the pandemic, fielding modest...

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