The Independent Film & Television Alliance today announced the results of its annual election to select the organization’s president and board for the 2021-2023 term.
Elections were held by electronic ballot and the results were released at the IFTA Board of Directors meeting on September 30. Clay Epstein, president of Film Mode Entertainment, has been elected president.
The following seven people were elected to serve on the 15-person IFTA Board of Directors: JD Beaufils (VMI Worldwide), Jason Buckley (Lakeshore Entertainment), David Fannon (Screen Media), Lisa Gutberlet (Blue Fox Entertainment) , Nat McCormick (The Exchange) Michael Ryan (GFM) and Rob Williams (Participant Media).
These newly elected executives join those currently serving the second year of their two-year tenure as IFTA board members: Scott Bedno (Myriad Pictures), Jody Cipriano (MarVista Entertainment), Patrick Ewald (Epic Pictures Group), Will Machin (Metro International Entertainment), Wendy Reeds (Lionsgate), Lise Romanoff (Vision Films) and Nick Spicer (XYZ Films).
âI am honored that our members have asked me to lead them as president,â said Epstein. “The future of our industry rests on the talent and energy of the independent community. IFTA is the only unified voice for independents and it has never been more important to ensure opportunity and success for our people. members, colleagues, filmmakers and the global industry. “
Epstein, who was first elected to the IFTA board in 2008 and has also served regularly on its executive committee, will succeed longtime outgoing president Michael Ryan. Ryan will continue as a member of the board of directors. One of the founding members of IFTA and the American Film Market, Ryan has served as president for three consecutive terms since 2015 as well as two terms between 2003 and 2007. Ryan commented, âClay has already made a significant contribution to IFTA and industry for years. . His knowledge of the issues facing independents and his ability to lead this board of experienced and dedicated executives will be essential as the organization tackles these global obstacles. “
Epstein launched Film Mode Entertainment, a global sales and distribution entity, in 2016. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions at Arclight Films, where he was instrumental in the acquisition and the representation of leading films, notably DOG EAT DOG by Paul Schrader and PREDESTINATION. Earlier in his career, he is credited with representing prestigious Oscar winner TSOTSI and THE LAST STATION, among others.