Controversy. Creative. Cult.

At Dogfish Originals, we partner with visionary creatives to develop, finance, market and distribute content of all lengths across all platforms. With Originals, we are turning auteurs’ passion projects into viable business ventures – whether short form, feature length, intended for theaters, mobile, online, streaming, download, or live experience.

As executive producers, our top priority is helping great content get made and seen. We do this by giving full creative control to our artists, with lots of breathing room to play. Our goal is to set up producing teams to develop and implement innovative, fresh and project specific strategies for financing, production, marketing, distribution and monetization. We provide the advice, resources and help that allows creators to push themselves personally and artistically.

Our content tends to fall into three categories: Controversy (designed to spark and build out dialogue), Creative (pushing the technological and artistic boundaries of storytelling) and Cult (still driven by the same goofy, gross B movies we loved as kids).

We produce and support content that gives you a crazy visceral reaction and punches you in the stomach – and maybe gives you a soft hug afterwards. Content that impacts and moves you, and that you can’t stop thinking about after you watch it.


We all have one.

We started out as Dogfish Pictures – a production company and angel fund in 2009 that produced and/or financed independent feature films. Our six films saw extensive festival play, worldwide distribution, and critical acclaim and awards. They have been to Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Berlinale, Tribeca Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Deauville Film Festival, and BAMcinemaFest. They are being distributed by Paramount, Magnolia, IFC, Sony, and Anchor Bay, and have won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Best Director at Berlinale, and named as Top Ten Independent Films of 2012 by National Board of Review.

It is this history of working in the world of independent feature films that helped us build so much of the network and knowledge that enable us to do everything we do here at Dogfish.

Like Crazy


Dogfish is currently executive producing Like Me – a feature film about a young woman who documents her cross country crime spree over social media. Filmmaker Robert Mockler shows us the dark, vapid, twisted underbelly of Millennials and pushes boundaries of feature film by incorporating GIFs, sharable moments and mobile and digital filming technology. Our production also includes a graphic novel, fashion line, and experiential event tour with live music.

Nominated for IndieWire’s Project of the Year:


Like Me
Like Me


You have our next project.

We are always looking for projects that excite, inspire or horrify us. If you’d be interested in having us review your work, please send us copies or links of your past work by getting in touch HERE. We do not accept scripts, reels, or unsolicited content. We will only accept finished content that shows your artistic style and skills.

Or tag your content on social media with #DogfishSubmit on stuff you’re sharing with everybody. We’re dying to know what you’re making everywhere.

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James Belfer - Founder & CEO

James founded Dogfish in 2009 to produce and invest in independent film (in which he made 6 films). He was named by Deadline Hollywood as one of 2012′s 10 Producers to Keep Watching. In 2013 he launched the Dogfish Accelerator program after an inspiring experience working for TechStars in Boulder, Colorado. He’s a Northwestern University graduate and received his MBA from NYU Stern in 2013. He currently is an Adjunct Professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he teaches Strategies For Independent Producing. James aspires to be one of the world’s most renowned hermits. He tends to spend most of his free time in South Williamsburg watching cartoons and googling “best Texas BBQ in NYC.” He also runs a monthly meetup called A Presentation of the Deplorable, Bizarre, and Terrible in which he binge watches 10 films in a row that most of the world has never seen (most of the time for glaringly obvious reasons). As of July 2014 only 3 people have attended.