Emil Elmer has joined Focus Features as senior VP of international sales.
Elmer will report to Focus Features Intl. co-prexy Alison Thompson at the FFI offices in London. FFI is prepping for the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” as the opening-night film of the Cannes Film Festival. There it will handle foreign sales for John Crowley’s untitled international thriller starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall, which begins production in the U.K. next month.
“Having first-hand experience of working with Emil, I’ve long been impressed by his outstanding knowledge and thorough approach to the international business,” Thompson said. “He has the wealth of experience that is an absolute necessity in our business, and his expertise and valuable relationships will bolster the company as we celebrate Focus’s 10-year anniversary and field a particularly exciting slate of movies this year.”
Focus “has built an outstanding reputation as one of the world leaders in independent global cinema. They continue to be at the cutting edge of the creative and financial evolution of the business, and I’m proud to be joining the team to work with their incredible roster of films and filmmakers,” Elmer said.
Elmer started his career at Miramax Films, where he spent eight years and was variously part of the company’s acquisitions, production and marketing and publicity departments. Long based in the U.K., he was involved in the company’s acquisitions of “Amelie,” “The Chorus” and “The Barbarian Invasions,” among other titles.
More recently, Elmer spent three years as head of acquisitions for Pathe Distribution, where he tracked projects worldwide for distribution in the U.K. He also served as a full-time consultant for a film financing company, working on projects from the production phase through the world sales process.