San Francisco Film Commission

The San Francisco Film Commission works to develop, recognize and promote film activities in San Francisco. We work to promote the San Francisco Bay Area as a film destination while also working with the local film community to support local projects with significant ties to San Francisco.

Mark Fishkin, Commissioner

Mark Fishkin


Mark Fishkin is the Founder and Executive Director of the California Film Institute, a not-for-profit institution that produces the Mill Valley Film Festival, the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center and an Education Program for the cultural benefit of the Bay Area. He has been its Artistic/Executive Director for thirty-three of its thirty-six years.

In 2010, Mark announced a new theatrical distribution program for independent films called CFI Releasing. Distribution has been a longtime goal for Mark in his quest to further CFI’s mission of showcasing commendable independent films to the community. CFI’s inaugural film was Touching Home, written and directed by Marin County twin brothers Noah and Logan Miller and starring Academy Award® nominated actor Ed Harris.

Mark continues on panels both here and abroad, in locales such as Cannes, France, Australia, Hong Kong, China and Florida. He is highly sought after as a resource to lead panels and discussions on film distribution and independent film. Mark has received numerous awards for his contributions to the arts in the Bay Area and in 2003, he received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Dominican University of California.

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Mail can be sent to:
San Francisco Film Commission
City Hall, Room 473
San Francisco, CA 94102

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