IFC Film Head Arianna Bocco Leaves – The Hollywood Reporter

Ariana Bocco resigned her position as head of the department IFC movies, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Before taking up the post in December 2020, Bocco oversaw acquisitions and productions for IFC Films and its genre label, IFC Midnight, for a decade. Head of Acquisitions Scott Shooman will serve in her place in the meantime.

“IFC Films is a vibrant and vital part of our business and we will continue to acquire, produce and distribute films within our ecosystems of IFC Films, Shudder and RLJE Films,” AMC Networks, which owns IFC, said in a statement. “We have complete confidence in Scott’s ability to lead the company as interim head and we know that our film team will not miss a thing as it moves forward on a robust string of releases and acquisitions.”

Bocco’s departure comes as IFC prepares for the April 7 release of the Owen Wilson feature Paintin which the actor plays a Bob Ross-inspired performer.

Bocco helped IFC navigate the coronavirus pandemic, and amid a downturn for small theaters, he was one of those who did helped save at an indie theater in Bradley Beach, New Jersey.

Said the director in a statement: “I have so enjoyed my time at IFC Films, working with such a multi-talented, creative and compassionate team. I am incredibly proud of everything we have achieved over the years and I am very much looking forward to this next chapter.”

Variety first reported the news of Bocco’s departure.

—Ryan Gajewski contributed to this story.