Heidi Fleisher is an American documentary film producer, buyer and consultant working between Paris and Los Angeles.
Currently based in Paris, she is handling international acquisitions for French public broadcaster France 2’s new creative documentary strand “25 Shades of Docs”, where she works as a consultant.
From 2017 - 2018 Heidi worked as a development executive for LA-based Synthesis Films (the creators of Making a Murder), identifying and developing new non-fiction projects for the company to produce for Netflix. From 2015 - 2016 she worked as Head of International Sales and Acquisitions for ARTE Sales, the distribution arm of the European broadcaster ARTE, where she was responsible for curating the catalogue, managing the sales department and handling sales for the Asian market.
Prior to that, for almost a decade Heidi provided freelance creative, editorial and strategic consulting to documentary producers and filmmakers in order to help them navigate the international market, develop and finance their films. In parallel, she helped develop training initiatives for emerging producers in Brazil, China and France for the documentary co-production market Sunny Side of the Doc.
She still participates frequently as a project mentor for various filmmaker labs and international markets, and joined the American Film Showcase diplomacy program as a media expert in 2017, where she participates in leading workshops for international filmmakers. Her most recent film as a producer is the feature-length documentary “Don’t Breathe” directed by Nino Kirtadze and co-produced by ARTE France, which premiered at TIFF in 2014.