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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.

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