veteran and President of 13 Films Tannaz Anisi launched her Los Angeles based distribution and finance company just a year ago at The American Film Market. Her
expertise, honest work ethic, and keen sensibilities are widely respected in
the industry and have helped her to start 13 Films with strong financial
One year later, Tannaz shares the latest progress on
this exciting venture:
I launched 13 Films a year
ago, so this AFM marks my one year anniversary. It’s very exciting to see how
far the company has come since its inception, as we continue to grow and build a
full slate of films.
Given my background as a
foreign sales agent, the timing was right to start my own company and I was
able to secure strong investors to back my vision.
My aim is to seek
cast-driven, commercial films with theatrical potential across all genres. Our
eclectic state includes romantic comedies, action films, thrillers and family
We’re looking for about eight
to ten films a year in pre-sales, peppered with a few finished films.
What is your background in sales?
For the last seven years, I
was a freelance sales consultant and had the opportunity to work for some of
the leading companies in the business – Voltage Pictures and
Sierra/Affinity, to name a few.
Over the years, I developed great
relationships and relished being able to work on high profile projects.
However, I felt I was ready to make the transition from freelance consultant to
having my own company and being able to immerse myself in my own projects.
Once I secured the financial
investment, it was time to move forward with full force and determination.
How did you first get involved in the business?
I’ve been in the industry for
about 18 years.
My very first job in the
industry was working in production actually. I worked for PentAmerica Pictures, which was a partnership between Vittorio Cecchi Gori and Silvio Berlusconi.
Way back when I got the
chance to work as an assistant at AFM, I fell in love with foreign sales from
the very first moment. Since then, I was determined to succeed in the field and
started from the ground up. I sought out the right opportunities to learn and
absorb as much possible to reach the level where I’m at today.
My sales background started
in television sales – I was fortunate enough to work for some of the bigger
independent companies such as WIN, Kushner-Locke and
20th Century Fox before moving into film.
What inspires you in your work?
What I love most is the
face-to-face interaction with people from all over the world.
It’s truly fascinating and
what drives me to continue doing this every day. The world is such a melting pot of different cultures, and
being able to constantly meet and do business with buyers from across the globe
is very rewarding. There’s never a
Please talk about the 13 Films Slate.
We just announced our big, new
project – “Voice From The Stone”, which is a supernatural thriller starring Emilia
Clarke from “Game of Thrones.”
It’s a haunting script
produced by Dean Zanuck who also produced “The Road to Perdition”. The film is
currently shooting in Italy which is very exciting.
I have two other new projects
too – an action film called “Extortion”, which is a very fun project with Frank Grillo attached
and set to start shooting by the end of November.
Another key title for us is the
comedy “Loitering With Intent”, which was well received at the Tribeca Film Festival
this year and stars Sam Rockwell and Marisa Tomei. We showed the film for the
first time to buyers here at AFM, and were thrilled with the response. It will
be released theatrically in the US by The Orchard, a Sony Pictures company.
More About 13 Films:
13 Films is an international distribution
and finance company based in Los Angeles founded by Tannaz Anisi. The company
launched at AFM 2013 with a slate of films that
included VERY GOOD GIRLS starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen and LIFE
OF A KING starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Dennis Haysbert.
The company’s current slate of titles
includes three films either
shooting or about to start principal photography: the supernatural thriller
VOICE FROM THE STONE starring Emilia Clarke and Marton Csokas (currently shooting in Italy), actioner EXTORTION with Frank
Grillo and Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi, and crime thriller MANHATTAN NOCTURNE set
to star Oscar winner Adrien Brody.
13 Films had 2 films make their market premieres at AFM: LOITERING WITH
INTENT with Sam Rockwell and Marisa Tomei which world premiered at the
Tribeca Film Festival and
will be released by The Orchard stateside and the romantic comedy TAKE CARE
starring Leslie Bibb and Thomas Sadoski with a theatrical release via Phase
4 Films in December.