Film Mentors: Artist Development - Nancy Schafer
Nancy Schafer is currently a consultant who works in independent film. Until July 2012 she was Executive Director of Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) and Executive Vice President of Tribeca Enterprises (TE). In her current role as consultant Schafer continues to work with Tribeca as well as other filmmakers and film organizations.
Nancy Schafer was the Executive Director of the Tribeca Film Festival and an Executive Vice President of Tribeca Enterprises. Schafer became co-executive director of the Festival in 2007 and executive director in 2008. She joined the festival staff for the first Festival in 2002 as a programmer and has held positions as programmer and managing director. As Executive Vice President, Schafer lead the artistic curation and business development for Tribeca’s business expansion, specifically with Tribeca Film, the distribution label which launched in 2010. As Executive Director, she oversaw all budgeting and operations for the Festival as well as working closely with the sponsorship team to raise funding. She has lead programming for the Festival since 2007, sharing the responsibilities with Geoff Gilmore and Frederic Boyer this past year. She also worked on Tribeca’s year round events and was involved in the launch of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.
Prior to joining Tribeca, she created and ran the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW Film) in Austin, Texas for eight years. Along with her festival experience, Schafer has worked on several films including two from director John Sayles (Sunshine State, Limbo); two from director Robert Byington (Olympia, Shameless) and began her film production career on The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Schafer currently resides in Manhattan.
Schafer is a graduate of the University of Virginia.