Independent Films' Take on the Holidays: 10 from the 21st Century, Including Bridget Jones's Diary with Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth, Elf with Will Farrell and Zoey Deschanel, Bad Santa with Billy Bob Thornton, Noel with Penelope Cruz and Susan Sarandon and Joyeux Noel Starring Diane Kruger

Dec 18, 2012, 12:57 ET from The Independent Film & Television Alliance

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 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: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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