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Independent Film Channel (IFC)
IFC (Canada) logo.svg
IFC logo
Launched August 15, 2001
Owned by CW Media
Slogan Where All The Cool Movies Go
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Website IFC
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 330
Shaw Direct Channel 614
Cable
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings

IFC (also known as the Independent Film Channel) is a Canadian English language category 1 digital cable specialty channel which features independent films, documentaries, and television series.

IFC is a wholly owned property of CW Media, a joint venture between Canwest and GS Capital Partners. Its name is licensed from the American company Rainbow Media, the owner of IFC.

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Programming

Like its US namesake, the channel originally focused almost exclusively on smaller independent films. However, it has more recently broadened its programming to include more mainstream films from large production studios. It has also started to de-emphasize the use the full Independent Film Channel name, instead using the IFC acronym, possibly due to the shrinking number of independent films in its programming line-up.

Noted series

  • Note: Series' listed above are taken from the IFC schedule from January 2009.

History

IFC was originally licensed to Salter Street Films as "The Independent Film Channel Canada" on November 24, 2000 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Shortly after the licence was granted, Alliance Atlantis (AAC), who was denied a similar licence by the CRTC in 2000, purchased Salter Street Films and took control of the channel before its launch in 2001. On August 15, 2001 the channel was launched as "Independent Film Channel" (IFC).

On January 18, 2008, a joint venture between Canwest and GS Capital Partners bought Alliance Atlantis and gained AAC's interest in IFC.

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