XYZ Films
Company typePrivate
IndustryFilm
Founded2008; 16 years ago (2008) in Los Angeles, California, United States
Founders
  • Aram Tertzakian
  • Nate Bolotin
  • Nick Spicer
Headquarters
Los Angeles, California
,
United States
ServicesFilm production, sales and distribution
Websitexyzfilms.com

XYZ Films is an American film production and sales company founded in 2008 by Aram Tertzakian, Nate Bolotin and Nick Spicer,[1][2] and is based in Los Angeles. It focuses on international genre films, including The Raid: Redemption, The Raid 2 and On the Job.

According to an article from Variety, XYZ Films has licensed more than 200 films since 2009.[3] It has produced a handful of Netflix original films, including Apostle (2018), The Night Comes For Us (2015), and I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore (2017), among others.

History

XYZ Films was founded by Aram Tertzakian, Nate Bolotin, and Nick Spicer, who met at the University of California, Los Angeles.[2] All had worked previously in the industry. Todd Brown, editor-in-chief of film website Twitch Film, joined after they invested there.[4] Early deals included one with Time Inc. that did not produce any projects but raised their profile. Believing the market in the US to be too small, they invested in international genre films.

The Raid: Redemption, an Indonesian action film that was produced on a budget of around $1 million, grossed over $14 million worldwide.[5] They partnered with French film distributor Celluloid Dreams in 2010,[4] and, in 2013, they expanded beyond North American sales into international sales.[6] XYZ limits budgets to keep costs down, then markets films to genre fans based on its reputation.[7] XYZ said they focus on commercial films that still take risks.[8] In 2015, they partnered with distributor Abbolita Films.[9]

In October 2017, XYZ Films founders Aram Tertzakian, Nate Bolotin and Nick Spicer were listed in Variety's New Leaders in Film featured profile.[3] Their 2017 film I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore was awarded the Grand Jury Prize in Drama at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.[citation needed]

In 2023, XYZ announced the creation of the New Visions label for speculative fiction and horror films by new and emerging directors.[10] The first film to premiere as a New Visions release was Zarrar Kahn's In Flames.[10]

Selected filmography

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Motion pictures by XYZ Films, listed by theatrical release date
Year Film Director Cast Release date
2011 Greetings to the Devil[4] Juan Felipe Orozco August 12, 2011
2012 The Raid[4] Gareth Evans March 23, 2012
Errors of the Human Body Eron Sheean July 28, 2012
Save the Date Michael Mohan November 8, 2012
2013 The Rambler Calvin Reeder January 21, 2013
Frankenstein's Army[4] Richard Raaphorst July 26, 2013
Big Bad Wolves[11] Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado August 15, 2013
On the Job[4] Erik Matti September 27, 2013
The Dirties[12] Matt Johnson October 4, 2013
Avenged Michael S. Ojeda October 15, 2013
Wolf[13] Jim Taihattu December 19, 2013
2014 Killers[14] Mo Brothers February 1, 2014
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead[7] Tommy Wirkola February 12, 2014
Parts per Billion Brian Horiuchi March 25, 2014
The Raid 2[8] Gareth Evans March 28, 2014
Stage Fright Jerome Sable May 9, 2014
These Final Hours[8] Zak Hilditch July 31, 2014
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films Mark Hartley August 2, 2014
Life After Beth[15] Jeff Baena August 15, 2014
Out of the Dark Lluís Quílez August 27, 2014
Redeemer Ernesto Díaz Espinoza September 2014
At the Devil's Door Nicholas McCarthy September 12, 2014
Tusk[8] Kevin Smith September 19, 2014
The Dead Lands[9] Toa Fraser October 30, 2014
2015 Preservation[8] Christopher Denham January 9, 2015
Spring[16] Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead March 20, 2015
River Jamie M. Dagg June 1, 2015
Stung Benni Diez July 3, 2015
2016 Baskin Can Evrenol January 1, 2016
The Invitation[17] Karyn Kusama April 8, 2016
Holidays[18] Various directors April 22, 2016
Mercy Chris Sparling June 4, 2016
Yoga Hosers Kevin Smith September 2, 2016
Operation Avalanche[19] Matt Johnson September 16, 2016
ARQ[20] Tony Elliott September 16, 2016
Under the Shadow[21] Babak Anvari September 30, 2016
The Oath[22] Baltasar Kormákur September 6, 2016
Headshot[23] Mo Brothers December 8, 2016
2017 iBoy[24] Adam Randall January 27, 2017
XX[25] Various directors February 17, 2017
I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore[26] Macon Blair February 24, 2017
The Void[27] Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie March 21, 2017
Pilgrimage[9] Brendan Muldowney April 23, 2017
Kuso Steven Ellison July 21, 2017
Bushwick Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion August 25, 2017
Brawl in Cell Block 99 S. Craig Zahler October 6, 2017
6 Days[28] Toa Fraser November 3, 2017
Sweet Virginia Jamie M. Dagg November 17, 2017
Beyond Skyline Liam O'Donnell December 15, 2017
2018 Mom and Dad[29] Brian Taylor January 19, 2018
I Kill Giants Anders Walter March 23, 2018
The Cleanse Bobby Miller May 4, 2018
In Darkness Anthony Byrne May 25, 2018
Our House Anthony Scott Burns July 27, 2018
BuyBust[30] Erik Matti August 1, 2018
Mandy[31] Panos Cosmatos September 14, 2018
Apostle[32] Gareth Evans October 12, 2018
The Night Comes For Us[33] Timo Tjahjanto October 19, 2018
Anna and the Apocalypse[34] John McPhail November 30, 2018
2019 The Standoff at Sparrow Creek[35] Henry Dunham January 18, 2019
Arctic[36] Joe Penna February 1, 2019
The Prodigy[37] Nicholas McCarthy February 8, 2019
Framing John DeLorean[38] Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce June 7, 2019
Jallikattu[39][40][41] Lijo Jose Pellissery October 4, 2019
Code 8[42] Jeff Chan December 13, 2019
2020 Color Out of Space[43] Richard Stanley January 24, 2020
Come to Daddy Ant Timpson February 7, 2020
Vivarium[44] Lorcan Finnegan March 27, 2020
Archive Gavin Rothery July 10, 2020
Cut Throat City[45] RZA July 31, 2020
The Silencing Robin Pront August 14, 2020
Sputnik Egor Abramenko August 14, 2020
The Owners[46] Julian Berg September 4, 2020
Alone John Hyams September 18, 2020
2067 Seth Larney October 2, 2020
The Wolf of Snow Hollow Jim Cummings October 9, 2020
Synchronic[47] Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead October 23, 2020
What Lies Below Braden R. Duemmler December 4, 2020
Audrey Helena Coan December 15, 2020
Skylines Liam O'Donnell December 18, 2020
2021 The Block Island Sound Kevin McManus and Matthew McManus March 11, 2021
Stowaway[48][49] Joe Penna April 22, 2021[50][51]
The Paper Tigers Tran Quoc Bao May 7, 2021
The Deep House Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo June 30, 2021
Masquerade[52] Shane Dax Taylor July 30, 2021
No Man of God Amber Sealey August 27, 2021
Yakuza Princess Vicente Amorim September 3, 2021
Prisoners of the Ghostland[53] Sion Sono September 17, 2021[54]
Night Raiders Danis Goulet November 12, 2021
2022 Dual[55] Riley Stearns January 22, 2022
Gatlopp: Hell of a Game Alberto Belli June 23, 2022[56]
The Summoned Mark Meir July 7, 2022[57]
I Came By Babak Anvari August 31, 2022
Blackout Sam Macaroni October 12, 2022
Old Man Lucky McKee October 14, 2022
Something in the Dirt Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead November 4, 2022
Nocebo Lorcan Finnegan November 22, 2022
The Harbinger Andy Mitton December 1, 2022
The Mean One Steven LaMorte December 9, 2022
2023 Legions Fabián Forte January 19, 2023
The Resurrection of Charles Manson Remy Grillo February 16, 2023
Huesera: The Bone Woman Michelle Garza Cervera February 23, 2023
BlackBerry Matt Johnson May 12, 2023
God Is a Bullet Nick Cassavetes June 23, 2023
Run Rabbit Run Daina Reid June 28, 2023
Hidden Strike Scott Waugh John Cena & Jackie Chan July 29, 2023
My Animal Jacqueline Castel September 8, 2023
Upcoming
2024 Code 8: Part II Jeff Chan February 28, 2024
Backspot[58] D. W. Waterson
Krazy House Steffen Haars and Flip van der Kuil
Skywalkers: A Love Story Jeff Zimbalist and Maria Bukhonina
TBA Svalta Steffen Haars
Love is the Monster Alex Noyer
Humane[59] Caitlin Cronenberg
In Flames Zarrar Kahn
Ash Flying Lotus
Havoc Gareth Evans
Et Tu[60] Max Tzannes

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