About Nancy Fishman Film Releasing


Nancy Fishman Film Releasing (NFFR) distributes outstanding films made by innovative independent filmmakers. The company specializes in documentaries of all genres, Jewish film, and LGBT film. Combining a passion for cinema and marketing savvy, NFFR services festival, theatrical, broadcast, educational and digital markets.

NFFR works with directors and producers to strategize and maximize film sales. This includes festival launch, theatrical release, television broadcast sales, VOD, DVD and other ancillary markets, and niche campaigns in non-theatrical and educational markets. Collaborating with directors and producers, we craft creative, realistic distribution strategies for each film. If you have a film that you would like us to consider, please write or call us.

The company is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Oakland, California.

Publicity, PR Materials and Launch Consultation

Nancy Fishman was a film publicist for over a decade and has launched numerous films at the Sundance Film Festival. She has overseen and executed campaigns working with national and local film and broadcast press. She was a publicist at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the San Francisco-based film PR firm Larsen Associates, and was the Communications & Publicity Manager at ITVS and Independent Lens on PBS.

Nancy Fishman Film Releasing creates integral PR and marketing strategies for the films that we distribute and on a freelance basis for select projects. Freelance services include: writing press materials and creating press kits; consulting for crowd-sourced fundraising campaigns (e.g., Kickstarter or Indiegogo); writing for social media; posters, postcards, and websites; clip selections for clip reels or EPKs; and image selection.


Nancy Fishman has worked in independent film as a distributor, programmer, and publicist for over 20 years. She served as Program Director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF) from 2003-2009. Prior to that, she was Communications & Publicity Manager at the Independent Television Service (ITVS), where she oversaw and implemented national broadcast publicity campaigns for 40 films each year in over 300 markets. While at ITVS, Fishman launched 12 ITVS films at the Sundance Film Festival including Gail Dolgin’s Academy Award nominated Daughter From Danang, Lourdes Portillo’s Seniorita Extraviada, Tom Shepard’s Scout’s Honor and Sam Green’s Academy Award nominated The Weather Underground.

Fishman was the Distribution Director at Frameline for five years in the 1990s, where she acquired films; programmed shorts compilations; released films theatrically and in the educational, home video and broadcast markets; and represented films at festivals. Filmmakers with whom she worked at Frameline include Isaac Julien (The Attendant) Marlon Riggs (Tongues Untied), Gus Van Sant (Mala Noche), Barbara Hammer (Nitrate Kisses), Mark Christopher (The Dead Boys’ Club), Debra Chasnoff (It’s Elementary), Testing The Limits (Voices From The Front) and Ira Sachs (Lady). While at Frameline, Fishman curated and released Boys’ Shorts: The New Queer Cinema, the first program of short films by gay men released theatrically in the United States.

Fishman was a publicist at the San Francisco International Film Festival and the San Francisco based PR firm Larsen Associates, where she publicized films distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, New Yorker Films and Zeitgeist Films as well overseeing PR for several San Francisco based film festivals.

In the programming world, Fishman has screened films for San Francisco International Film Festival’s Golden Gate Awards, Frameline, Mill Valley Film Festival and has worked as a programming consultant with the Berlin Jewish Film Festival, the UK Jewish Film Festival and the Torino GLBT Film Festival. During her tenure as the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s Program Director she programmed shorts, narratives and documentaries; panels and tributes to filmmakers; and she created the festival’s Centerpiece programming and Freedom of Expression Award. She also programmed many archival sidebars at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, including two funded by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Film Festival Grants: “Jews and the Hollywood Blacklist” and “Tough Jews: Images of Jewish Gangsters in Film.”

Fishman served on the board of directors of the San Francisco based non-profit Groundspark (formerly Women’s Educational Media) from 2002-2006. She currently serves on the advisory board of The Art Institute of California-San Francisco’s department of Digital Filmmaking Video Production, Interactive Media Design. She has participated in numerous festival juries and panels, including panels at Sundance and SXSW, and juries at Doc Aviv, San Francisco International Film Festival and the Teddy Award jury at the Berlin International Film Festival. Originally from New York City, she has lived in the Bay Area since 1987.