Searchlight Pictures is an American independent film studio that is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company. As a sister studio company of the larger film studio 20th Century Studios, Fox Searchlight specializes in North American production of independent European and British films alongside dramedy and horror films, as well as art-house and foreign films and is sometimes also involved in the financing of these films. Searchlight's Slumdog Millionaire12 Years a Slave, Birdman, and The Shape of Water have all won the Academy Award for Best Picture, as well as a further 15 Academy Awards combined. Other Searchlight films receiving Best Picture nominations include The Full MontySidewaysLittle Miss SunshineJunoBlack Swan127 HoursThe Tree of LifeThe DescendantsBeasts of the Southern WildThe Grand Budapest HotelBrooklynThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and The Favourite.


Searchlight Pictures was founded in 1994 by Thomas Rothman. From 1982 to 1985, prior to the creation of Searchlight, Fox previously released independent films and specialty releases under the banner of 20th Century-Fox International Classics, later renamed 20th Century-Fox Specialized Film Division, then TLC Films. The most notable of the releases under these banners include Bill Cosby: Himself, Eating RaoulThe Gods Must Be Crazy, Reuben, Reuben, and Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Searchlight Pictures is one of the Fox film studios that was acquired by Disney on March 20, 2019.

Films distributed by Disney under their ownership

  • Tolkien (2019)
  • Ready or Not (2019)
  • Lucy in the Sky (2019)
  • Jojo Rabbit (2019)
  • A Hidden Life (2019)
  • Wendy (2020)
  • Antlers (2020)

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