AFM: Independent Film & Television Alliance Unveils New Board of Directors Chaired by Clay Epstein

Clay Epstein IFTA
Clay Epstein image via IFTA
Clay Epstein IFTA
Clay Epstein image via IFTA

The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) unveiled its new 15-person Board of Directors on Thursday at the American Film Market.

The group includes new board members Brian Beckmann (Arclight Films), Caroline Couret-Delegue (Film Seekers Limited), Diane Ferrandez (AGC Studios), Jeffrey Greenstein (Millennium Media), George Hamilton (Protagonist Pictures), Jasmin McSweeney (NZ Film Commission), and Lise Romanoff (Vision Films). 

Clay Epstein (Film Mode Entertainment), who was elected as Chairperson of the Board in 2021, is currently serving the second year of his two-year term, as are IFTA board members J.D Beaufils (VMI Worldwide), David Fannon (Screen Media), Jason Buckley (Lakeshore Entertainment), Lisa Gutberlet (Blue Fox Entertainment), Nat McCormick (The Exchange), Michael Ryan (GFM Animation), and Rob Williams (Participant Media). 

“We are once again honored to have so many uniquely talented members on our Board, who each represent various positions, product[s], business models, and perspectives within the industry,” Epstein said in a statement. “Together they will play a pivotal role in our year-round efforts to serve and represent the Independents of our industry worldwide.” 

IFTA produces AFM each year, and the event doubles as the annual fundraiser for the association. Its 43rd edition is currently underway in Santa Monica and will conclude on Sunday, Nov. 6.

IFTA is the global trade association for independent film and television production, finance, distribution, and sales companies. The organization represents the independent sector before governments and international bodies and provides significant entertainment industry services to independent companies from 22 countries.