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An in-depth conversation on financing and film sales with the co-president of International Sales and Distribution at Focus Features!
A conversation with Alison Thompson, co-president of Focus Features International, where she oversaw sales, distribution, marketing, publicity and aspects of European production and acquisitions. During her illustrious career at Focus Features International, Thompson has represented such prominent titles as Blue Jasmine (2013), Cloud Atlas (2012), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Another Year (2010), The American (2010), Burn After Reading (2008) and Volver (2006), among many others. This was a session on financing and sales with one of the leading executives in the independent film sales business!
- Jeremy Kay
US Editor, Screen International (MODERATOR)
Jeremy Kay is the US Editor of trade outlet Screen International. The inveterate Londoner never thought he'd leave his beloved hometown, but 11 years after relocating to Los Angeles he admits to a fondness for California living. From his balmy West Coast base Kay covers the international film business and is a familiar face on the festival circuit, where he crops up each year at Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and Toronto, among others. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian in the UK and has written on film, sports and current affairs for a range of publications including The Daily Telegraph and Time Out.
- Alison Thompson
Co-president of International Sales and Distribution, Focus Features
Alison Thompson is co-president of Focus Features International, one of the world's leading international sales agents and financiers representing Focus Features and other third party films. Combined with Focus Features, it is a full-fledged studio which generates original and bold films that challenge mainstream audiences to embrace content from around the world and deliver commercial success. Thompson came to FFI in September 2005, from Pathé Pictures International, Pathé U.K.'s international sales and marketing division. Prior to Pathé, she was chief executive of The Sales Company, one of the U.K.'s top sales agencies. During her 14 years there, Thompson represented more than 100 films from the world's most celebrated directors. FFI actively cultivates a diverse range of movies from a wealth of sources, whilst having the unique ability to tailor international distribution to suit each film, whether licensing distribution rights to independent companies or distribution through Universal Pictures International. At Toronto, FFI will have world premieres of Mike Flanagan's Oculus and Dexter Fletcher's Sunshine on Leith, an uplifting musical based on music by The Proclaimers. The FFI slate includes: Kevin Macdonald's Black Sea; Mike Leigh's untitled J.M.W. Turner film; Asif Kapadia's untitled Amy Winehouse documentary; and Michael Cuesta's Kill The Messenger.