Clay Epstein



Clay Epstein
President,
Film Mode Entertainment

Clay Epstein began his career working as a Production Manager for local television before graduating from California State University, Northridge. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Film Production and minoring in Italian Language. He landed his first job in Distribution with Kushner-Locke and worked his way from Production Assistant to Worldwide Sales Coordinator. In 2001, he was hired as Sales Director at Overseas Filmgroup. While there, he helped transition the sales division from Overseas Filmgroup to First Look Studios. He was promoted to Director of Operations and then Sales Executive where he oversaw the sales of 300 titles.

In 2006, Clay joined the newly created sales and production company, The Little Film Company as VP Sales & Acquisitions. He helped grow the company into a leading boutique sales agency representing such prestigious titles as Tsetse (2006, Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language), The Last Station (2010, Academy Award Nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role) and Eye of The Storm (2012, AACTA Winner for Best Lead Actress) In 2012, Clay joined Arclight Films, as Senior Vice President Sales & Acquisitions responsible for all aspects of Marketing and Distribution. While there, he represented such feature films as Paul Schrader ’s DOG EAT DOG starring Nicolas Cage, PAPER PLANES starring Sam Worthington, PREDESTINATION starring Ethan Hawke and LAST KNIGHTS starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman.

Clay launched Film Mode Entertainment in 2016, a fully independent world wide sales agent and production entity. Clay is an instructor at the New York Film Academy, is frequently invited to lecture to the international film community and currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Independent Film and Television Alliance Board of Directors.