Los Angeles, CA - November 18, 2020 - The Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®) today announced the results of its annual elections to select the Board of Directors.

The following individuals have been elected to serve on IFTA’s 15-person Board:

J.D. Beaufils (VMI Worldwide), 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).

Michael Ryan (GFM Films) continues as Chairperson of the Board. These newly-elected executives join those currently serving the second year of their two-year term as IFTA board members: Caroline Couret-Delegue (Film Seekers Limited), Clay Epstein (Film Mode Entertainment), Jeffrey Greenstein (Millennium Media), Jay Joyce (Cardinal XD), Jeannine Tang (Participant Media), and Adam Wright (Voltage Pictures).

Ryan commented, “Our new Board members are taking their seats at a time when our industry is beset by challenges and we, at IFTA, are working every day to clear a path that will get us back to reliable and safe ways to finance, produce and distribute films. Their unique perspectives and expertise provide strength to our association’s mission of supporting independents worldwide.”

This marks the first time Beaufils, Machin, and Spicer will serve on the IFTA Board. 

IFTA produces the annual American Film Market. Its 41st edition, AFM 2020 Online, concluded Friday, November 13th.

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About the Independent Film & Television Alliance
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 more than 135 member companies from 23 countries consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, and financial institutions engaged in production finance. 

Each November, it produces the annual American Film Market®, the world’s largest motion picture event, drawing more than 7,000 industry leaders from 70 countries and leading to more than $1 Billion in distribution and film financing deals.

IFTA also develops and publishes the IFTA® Model Agreements which articulate the standards and key definitions for licensing international rights in motion pictures and television programming and manages the IFTA® Arbitration Tribunal which is a key forum for resolution of disputes arising from international licensing transactions.  For more information on IFTA, visit