Heidi Fleisher is an American documentary film producer, buyer and consultant who has held a variety of roles in the industry, and lives and works between Los Angeles and Paris.
As of May 2017, Heidi has been in charge of acquiring international documentary films for French public broadcaster France 2’s new creative documentary strand “25 Shades of Docs”, where she works as a part-time acquisitions consultant. The mission of the strand is to celebrate documentary filmmaking as an art form and bring exceptional and diverse films to a French TV audience. She is also working 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.
From 2015 – 2016 Heidi 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 the Asian market.
Prior to that, Heidi worked freelance to provide 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 Sunny Side of the Doc develop training initiatives for emerging producers (Brazil, China, France), and still participates frequently as a project mentor and panelist at various international markets. 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.