Emilie GeorgesCEO & Co-Founder at Paradise City
Emilie Georges began her career in 1995 at the Council of Europe focusing on cultural and educational rights of minorities. She paired her expertise with her passion for cinema spotlighting original, diverse and distinctive voices from all over the world as sales manager at Flach Pyramide in1999. In 2001, she joined Pan Européenne leading development and international co-productions.
Prior to starting her new venture Paradise City with producer Naima Abed, Georges foundedMemento Distribution and Production in 2003 which expanded into Memento International (link) & LaCinefacture (production) in 2004. Georges has been devoted to promoting, producing and supporting high-profile, director-driven independent films such as Laurent Cantet’s THE CLASS (Golden Palm, Cannes 2008); Asghar Farhadi’s A SEPARATION (2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film), THE SALESMAN (2015 Academy Award for Best Film in a Foreign Language), Joachim Trier’sLOUDER THAN BOMBS (2013) and THELMA (2017), Wash Westmoreland & Richard Glatzer’sSTILL ALICE( 2016); Josh & Benny Safdie’s GOOD TIME (2017). Several directors she repped are now working on the Marvel franchise – Jon Watts, Destin Daniel Cretton or Cate Shortland!
Over the years Georges has been co-president and vice-president of ADEF, the French association of Sales Agents and has been an elected member of the Directors’ Board and Executive Committee ofUnifrance (2008-2013), and is an expert for French CNC. Georges was also named Chevalier del’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government.
Georges currently runs Memento International alongside her production companies at Paradise City(including ex-La Cinefacture). Her credits include US indie genre films such as Jeremy Saulnier’sBLUE RUIN and Jim Mickle’s COLD IN JULY & WE ARE WHAT WE ARE Sundance winners Worlddramatic CIRCLES (2014) by Srdan Golubovich & CONTRACORRIENTE (Audience, 2010) by Javier Fuentes Leon; as well as Luca Guadagnino’s Oscar winner feature film CALL ME BY YOUR NAMEfor which she received an Oscar nomination.