Meet The Judges (part four)

MEET THE JUDGES – Matt Smith
Head of Distribution at Lionsgate

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What I do on a day to day basis…
Most of my time is spent setting strategies and release dates for our films and then liaising with Exhibitors to ensure they play them within that strategy to achieve maximum potential. I also represent the company at the various trade organisations like the FDA and BAFTA.

A recent short film I’ve enjoyed…
THE PRESENT. Absolutely wonderful.

What I’ll be looking for in this years shortlisted entries…
In a word, storytelling. You can’t beat a good story well told. For all films – no matter what their length – this basic principle of film-making trumps all other aspects of the creative process involved and the final film is nothing without it.

More jury interviews coming soon!

 

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