Independent Films’ Take on the Holidays: 10 From the 21st Century

Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Independent Film & Television Alliance released today a list of 10 holiday-themed Independent movies from the 21st century.  The list ranges from mainstream, big budget holiday favorites such as Elf and Bridget Jones’s Diary, to the highly acclaimed, Academy Award nominated Joyeux Noel, to the comedic documentary What Would Jesus Buy? produced by Morgan Spurlock. 

 The complete list of 10 films is below:

1. Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant

Logline: A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary.

2. Friday After Next (2002)
Starring:Ice Cube, Mike Epps

Logline: Craig and his cousin Day-Day have gotten jobs as mall security guards and finally moved into their own crib. When their house is robbed on Christmas Eve by a fake Santa they team up to track down the bandit.

3. Elf (2003)
Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Mary Steenburgen, Zoey Deschanel
Director: Jon Favreau

Logline: After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

4. Bad Santa (2003)
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Lauren Graham, Bernie Mac

Logline: A conman and his partner pose as Santaand his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve.

5. Noel (2004)
Starring: Penelope Cruz, Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker and Alan Arkin
Director: Chazz Palminteri

Logline: Five New Yorkers come together on Christmas Eve, seeking a miracle.

6. Joyeux Noel (2005)
Starring: Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Daniel Brühl

Logline: Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominee for Best Foreign Film, Joyeux Noel tells the true-life story of the spontaneous 1914 Christmas Eve truce declared by Scottish, French and German troops in the trenches of World War I.

7. The Nativity Story (2006)
Starring: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Oscar Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo
Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Logline: Based on the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ, The Nativity Story tells the story of the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

8. What Would Jesus Buy? (2007)
Produced by Morgan Spurlock

Logline: An examination of the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse.

9. Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)
Starring: Freddy Rodriguez, John Leguizamo, Debra Messing

Logline: A Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago face what may be their last Christmas together.

10. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
Starring: Jorma Tommila, Onni Tommila

Logline: In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 meters deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.

About The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)

The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) is the global trade association for the independent motion picture and television programming industry. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization represents more than 150 member companies from 23 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, television companies and financial institutions engaged in film finance. IFTA is dedicated to protecting and strengthening its Members’ ability to finance, produce, market and distribute independent films and television programs in an ever-changing and challenging global marketplace.

IFTA members produce more than 400 independent films and countless hours of television programming generating more than $4 billion in distribution revenues annually. The organization’s premiere event, the American Film Market, the largest Film Market in the world, takes place every year in November in Santa Monica.