James Belfer

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James Belfer
Born (1987-01-14) January 14, 1987 (age 32)
OccupationFilm producer
Years active2009—present

James Belfer is an American independent film producer and financier. He is the founder and CEO of Dogfish Pictures and the founder and managing director of Dogfish Accelerator.

Early life[edit]

Belfer grew up on Long Island, New York. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Northwestern University in 2009. That year, Belfer founded Dogfish Pictures to finance and produce several feature films per year. He attended NYU Stern in 2011 to receive his MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Digital Marketing, and Business Analytics. He was also an Associate for the 2012 Boulder Class of TechStars and an investor in the MESA+ venture fund. In 2012, he created Dogfish Accelerator, the first accelerator program for independent film producers. He currently resides in New York City.

Film career[edit]

Belfer has produced and financed several films, including The Romantics (co-producer), Salvation Boulevard (co-producer),[1] Like Crazy (associate producer),[2] Vamps (co-executive producer), Compliance (executive producer),[3] and Prince Avalanche (producer).[4] He is currently an adjunct professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, teaching strategies for independent filmmaking to undergraduates in Film & Television.


Year Title Director Notes
2010 The Romantics Galt Niederhoffer co-producer
2011 Salvation Boulevard George Ratliff co-producer
2011 Like Crazy Drake Doremus associate producer
2012 Vamps Amy Heckerling co-executive producer
2012 Compliance Craig Zobel executive producer
2013 Prince Avalanche David Gordon Green producer
2016 NUTS! Penny Lane producer
2017 Like Me Robert Mockler producer
2017 Sylvio Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley executive producer
2017 Dogs In A Park Daniel Shepard and Keith Shepard executive producer
2018 Human Kind Of Diana McCorry executive producer


Belfer's films have participated in the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, South by Southwest, Locarno International Film Festival, BAMcinemaFest, Seattle International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, and Stockholm International Film Festival. In 2011, Belfer's film Like Crazy won the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival.[5] In 2013, Belfer’s film Prince Avalanche premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the 2013 Berlinale Silver Bear Award for Best Director.[6]


In 2012, Belfer was named "Ten Producers To Keep Watching" by Deadline Hollywood.[7]


  1. ^ "Variety Reviews – Salutation Boulevard". Variety. January 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "Variety Reviews – Like Crazy". Variety. January 22, 2011.
  3. ^ "Variety Reviews – Compliance". Variety. January 21, 2012.
  4. ^ "Rudd, Hirsch wrap secret indie". Variety. June 6, 2012.
  5. ^ "Sundance: 2011 Winners: 'Like Crazy' Wins Grand Jury Dramatic Prize, 'How To Die In Oregon' Wins Documentary". Deadline Hollywood. January 29, 2011.
  6. ^ "PRIZES & HONOURS 2013". Berlin International Film Festival. 2013.
  7. ^ "Sundance: 10 Producers To Keep Watching". Deadline Hollywood. January 28, 2012.

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