Carl Clifton is President of Hyde Park International based in London.
Prior to Hyde Park, Carl was Partner in K5 International, Sales and Marketing.
K5 films included Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, Martin Zandvliet’s Oscar-nomiinated Land of Mine, Born To Be Blue, The Visitor, Get Low, Vehicle 19, Night Train to Lisbon and The Reluctant Fundamentalist as well as Oscar–nominated documentary Cutie And The Boxer and Next Goal Wins.
Carl has over 26 years’ experience in the film business working for companies such as Polygram, Universal, FilmFour, Handmade and The Works.
Prior to K5, Carl was Managing Director of The Works International and Executive Director of the Board of The Works Media Group plc. Films handled by The Works included the hugely successful Bend it like Beckham and Whale Rider and more recent titles like Io Sono L’Amore and Oscar-winning documentaries Man on Wire and The Cove.
Before The Works he was Chief Operating Office and Head of International Sales at Handmade Films International handling films from Manolete starring Penelope Cruz and Adrien Brody to the big budget 3D animation Planet 51 and the thriller 50 Dead Men Walking starring Ben Kingsley and Jim Sturgess.
At FilmFour, Carl ran the company’s International Division during a maternity cover period working on films such as Peter Cattaneo’s Lucky Break, Cate Blanchett-starrer Charlotte Gray, and Sexy Beast among others. He oversaw FilmFour’s biggest ever Cannes during his time there.
Prior to Film Four, Carl was Senior Vice-President and Head of International Sales at Universal Pictures International (previously PolyGram Films International). During this time he worked on films which included blockbusters and Oscar winners. Titles included Four Weddings and a Funeral, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Dead Man Walking, Sleepers, Bean, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, When We Were Kings, Elizabeth, Notting Hill, The Game and The Green Mile.
Carl has also been involved in film production and he co-produced 3 films including Patrice Leconte’s award-winning L`Homme du Train with Philippe Carcassonne and starring Johnny Halliday and Jean Rochefort.
Carl has consulted for a number of European bodies such as the UK Film Council and a number of its regional organizations and the renowned European producers’ organisation ACE for which he has been a regular consultant for over 20 years. He has taught at EAVE, France’s FEMIS and tutored for ECAFIC and its Audiovisual Masters Programme and also Italian State body ANICA. He is a member of BAFTA and the European Film Academy and is on the Board of IFTA.