CANNES Q&A: TANNAZ ANISI
PRESIDENT, 13 FILMS
What is your mission in Cannes?
HEADING INTO THE MARKET with a strong and diverse slate of titles, my mission is to conduct steady business as well as to continue to strengthen the presence of our company in the international sales arena. We have come to the market with a few new projects: the thriller Every Good Boy Does Fine with Michael Nyqvist and Famke Janssen to star and the actioner Entry Level from director Franck Khalfoun. We will also be showing new footage for three films: comedy Chronically Metropolitan, crime thriller Manhattan Nocturne with Adrien Brody and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke starrer Voice from the Stone.
How was the past year in business for you/or what was your objective?
I couldn’t be more thrilled with the success of 13 Films, considering we just celebrated our one year anniversary at AFM 2014 and continue to go from strength to strength. My goal in the first year was to establish the 13 Films brand and strengthen my relationship with filmmakers so I can bring commercial projects with recognizable stars and global appeal to our buyers.
What is the focus of your company?
I started the company as a place where filmmakers could come to not only to find a dedicated international sales agent, but also as a place where they could find financing for commercially viable projects. The key is to get involved with projects early on to nurture the film from development to finish and therefore have more control over the final product.
What are your goals for the coming year?
The aim is to continue to grow the company and expand our operations as we look to build on our wide-ranging slate. My goal is to attract prestigious filmmakers who can then attract A-list cast, combined with original and unique stories which will find a worldwide audience. A key focus this year is to get more involved in financing content as the first year was focused on establishing the company.
How many Cannes have you attended and for how many different companies?
I have been coming to Cannes for a staggering 22 years! This is the second time I am coming to the festival under the 13 Films label and I look forward to many more to come.
What are your best memories/ anecdotes/discoveries here?
Coming to Cannes for the first time 22 years ago and enjoying the market and the festival for the first time is probably the best Cannes memory.
Worst Cannes memory?
My apartment this year!
Best Cannes film ever?
Whiplash – J.K. Simmons gave a much deserved Oscar-winning performance as Miles Teller’s drumming teacher.
Worst Cannes film ever?
Ryan Gosling’s Lost River.
Biggest gripe on the Riviera?
No gripes… we’re on the French Riviera. There are worse jobs to have out there.