Before joining Doc/Fest, from 2012 to 2020, Cíntia Gil served as co-director (and later, Director) of Doclisboa in Portugal, where she was responsible for the festival’s collaboration with the European consortium Doc Alliance, as well as for the creation of the Ibero-American project development lab Arche. In Addition, she has been a member of the Executive Board of Apordoc, the Portuguese Documentary Film Association, since 2015. Gil is a regular guest at panel discussions and conferences, and on international festival juries such as Berlinale, Mar del Plata, FIDMarseille, London Film Festival, Guadalajara IFF, RIDM, Dokufest, among many others.
Melanie Iredale Deputy Director
Melanie Iredale has been Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Deputy Director since 2014, having been involved first as Development Consultant since 2010, and serving as Interim Director of the 2019 edition. She also co-curates Doc/Fest’s Rhyme & Rhythm section. Born and raised in Yorkshire, Melanie’s background is as a film and arts curator and festival producer. As former Director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival on the English-Scottish border, she commissioned moving image works, installations and performances for heritage sites, which have since gone on to tour to festivals and galleries world-wide. Melanie serves on the BIFA jury for the documentary award, is regularly invited to speak on inclusion and ethics in the industry, and has participated on juries including Nordisk Panorama, ZagrebDox and One World Media. She is also an Executive Producer on Rebel Dykes, a film by Harri Shanahan and Sian Williams which will premiere in Spring 2021.
After first volunteering with Doc/Fest in 2016, Corrigan was a Festival Assistant and later worked on following editions of the Festival as part of the Operations and Marketplace teams. She returned Doc/Fest in her current role in late 2019. Contact Corrigan if you would like to get in touch with Cíntia or Melanie.
Ahead of joining the Doc/Fest team in 2013, Sylvia worked in documentary film and TV production, beginning her career as Production Coordinator on the feature documentary The Age of Stupid. She then joined Current TV as an Associate Producer, working alongside the commissioning editor to manage both single and series documentaries from development through to broadcast. At Doc/Fest Sylvia develops new and existing partnerships across the UK and internationally.
James is (part-time) Partnerships Executive for the Festival. He also works at independent documentary production company Fat Rat Films as Development Executive. In the summer of 2019, he was Director of Production of the London Indian Film Festival, having done a stint as Development Consultant for Together Films. He produced the 2018 CogX Festival - the most important AI event in Europe. In November 2017, he hosted the This Way Up Cinema Exhibition Innovation conference in Hull’s Truck Theatre. He directed the 58th - 61st editions of the Cork Film Festival, and the 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival. He has worked for GIANT Healthcare Event, Together Films, Shooting People, RESFEST, Cinelan, and HBO Europe. James serves on the Board of Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival. He is mad for test cricket, but disapproves of the use of the word ‘tragic’ in this context.
Film programmer Agnès Wildenstein was born in Strasbourg, France, and lives in Lisbon, Portugal. After being a researcher for the French TV Archives I.N.A., she participated in the creation and activities of Paris Forum des Images, Acquisitions and Programming for six years. Then, Agnès worked at La Cinémathèque française in Paris for ten years, and at Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland for twelve years. She was a member of the Jean Vigo Award jury for ten years, and member of the selection committee of ARTE France Cinema from 2012 to 2015. Jury member in more than twenty international film festivals around the world, she was the invited curator for the 2019 edition of Portuguese cinema seminar Doc’s Kingdom. Agnès was associate programmer for DocLisboa from 2014 to 2019, where she curated the first complete retrospective in Europe of Colombian director Luis Ospina in 2018, and a retrospective on East German documentaries in 2019. She has been Associate Programmer at Sheffield Doc/Fest since 2020.
Rabz Lansiquot is a filmmaker, programmer, curator, and DJ. They were a leading member of sorryyoufeeluncomfortable collective from its inception in 2014, and now work alongside Imani Robinson as Languid Hands, who are the Cubitt Curatorial Fellows for 2020-21. Rabz was Curator-In-Residence at LUX Moving Image in 2019, developing a public and educational programme around Black liberatory cinema. Their first solo exhibition where did we land was on view at LUX in Summer 2019. They have curated film programmes at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF), and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF), were a programme advisor for LFF Experimenta in 2019, and on the selection committee for Doc/Fest 2020. Rabz is also training to deliver workshops in Super 8 and eco-processing at not.nowhere.
With a background in community cinema exhibition, Mita Suri started working in Doc/Fest as a volunteer, then supported the Doc/Circuit tour as a Distribution Trainee, moving on to be the Film Programme Coordinator and now the Film Programme Producer, supervising the delivery of the Film Programme for the festival. She is primarily responsible for the external contacts including filmmakers, national film institutes and distributors, managing the submissions process, running the Youth Jury Programme and coordinating Doc/Fest's year-round activity outside of the festival. Mita's previous work experience has been in health services' management, youth leadership initiatives and as support teaching staff in schools within the UK and abroad. Mita is a programmer for the Northern Focus film strand.
Owen comes from a background of multimedia archiving; across both heritage bodies and broadcast. He has been with Doc/Fest for four consecutive years now and is your first point of contact for Film and Marketplace applications.
Christopher Small is a writer and festival programmer, originally from the United Kingdom and now based in Prague, Czech Republic. He curated Doc/Fest’s 2020 retrospective strand, Reimagining the Land, for in-person screenings and online. He is the Project Manager of the Locarno Critics Academy, a respected workshop in film criticism that runs during Locarno Film Festival. He is also head of acquisitions for DAFilms.com, the VOD platform of the festival association Doc Alliance, and beginning in April 2020 helped launch a new domain for the platform in North and South America. His writing has regularly appeared in numerous international publications, including Cinema Scope, MUBI, Film Comment, Cineaste, and IndieWire, and has been translated into Czech, German, French, Spanish, and Italian. He is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents and a member of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI).
Qila Gill is a film producer and programmer. Currently in post-production for 2020 Jarman Award winner Michelle Williams Gamaker’s The Bang Straws, she is also co-producing Nepali filmmaker Asmita Shrish’s debut feature doc with Min Bahadur Bham, while in development with artist Onyeka Igwe and Beverley Bennett. She has programmed for Experimenta BFI London Film Festival, London Short Film Festival and Aesthetica Film Festival. She is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts.
Juliano Gomes Selection Committee Member
Juliano Gomes is a film critic and artist based in Rio de Janeiro. Has a Masters degree
on Aesthetics Technologies from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), where he studied Jonas Mekas films. He started publishing film criticism at the Brazilian online journal Cinética in 2010, and has worked as its editor-in-chief since 2020. He also writes about music and theatre.
Carlos Pereira Selection Committee Member
Carlos Pereira, born in Lisbon, is a filmmaker and programmer. He is currently studying Directing at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb), having previously studied film in Lisbon, Barcelona and Stockholm. His films have been shown at festivals such as Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, IndieLisboa, Doclisboa and Vila do Conde, and screened at venues such as Cité Internationale des Arts, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Cinematheque of the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro. He programmes Portuguese cinema in Sweden and is a member of the advisory selection committee for Berlinale Generation.
清水 裕 / Yu Shimizu Programme Consultant for Japan
Yu Shimizu is a Tokyo based film programmer. She started her career as a production staff for independent films. She first started programming, whilst working as a hall manager at Tokyo’s art house theatres, Auditorium Shibuya and later EUROSPACE. From 2017, she became a programmer of Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, organized by Tokyo Photographic Art Museum and others. She joined Aichi Triennale 2019 as an assistant curator for the film programme, and currently works at Visual Industry Promotion Organization.
Carol Nahra Programme Consultant for the UK
Carol Nahra is a documentary journalist, programmer, and lecturer based in London. She has written extensively about the UK documentary landscape for industry publications and her Docs on Screens blog. She is an adjunct professor for several American universities in London, teaching all aspects of documentary and digital journalism. She hosts the Bertha DocHouse podcast DocHouse Conversations, is the residential trainer for the Grierson Doclab, and is a trustee for One World Media.
Jeremy Chua Programme Consultant for Southeast Asia & China
Jeremy Chua is a film producer from Singapore. He started out in 2010 as a programme assistant and subsequently returned as guest curator of the Moving Images programme of experimental art centre, the Substation Singapore. He then worked as a writer and producer at the independent production house Akanga Film Asia and curatorial label Lowave Paris. In 2014, he started Potocol, a film company focused on the development and co-production of independent director driven films from Asia. The films have travelled to major festivals such as Cannes Critics' Week, Berlinale, Locarno, Busan, Tokyo and Rotterdam. Since 2017, he has worked under Marco Mueller's programme team and was the Southeast Asian and Korean consultant for the Pingyao International Film Festival from 2017 - 2020.
Jonathan Ali Programme Consultant for the Caribbean
Jonathan Ali began his career as a programmer and curator in his native Trinidad and Tobago, where he worked for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, from its inception in 2006 to 2015. Now based in London, Jonathan is programme director of Third Horizon Film Festival in Miami, Florida. He is also a programmer with Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, a programme consultant with Open City Documentary Festival, and an associate programmer with Tribeca Film Festival. Jonathan has also held programming roles with East End Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. He is co-founder of The Twelve30 Collective, which screens Caribbean cinema to UK audiences.
Herb Shellenberger is a curator and writer originally from Philadelphia and based in London. His work focuses on the meeting points between cinema and contemporary art with particular attention paid to the many different accentuations of non-fiction in moving image. As such, he's worked with artists like Sophia Al-Maria, Basma Alsharif, Gérard Courant, Nazlı Dinçel, Jonas Mekas, Alice Anne Parker, belit sağ, Tiffany Sia and Soda_Jerk, whose work engages documentary and reality in unexpected and creative ways. He was co-programmer with Almudena Escobar López of Common Visions, The Flaherty Seminar's 2018 season at Anthology Film Archives in New York and was Guest Curator for the 2020 European Media Art Festival. He has written for Art-Agenda, Art Monthly, IFFR and Walker Art Center, and is a chapter author of Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller (2019) and Free to Love: The Cinema of the Sexual Revolution (2014). He is Programmer for Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, where he's worked since 2016.
Soukaina Aboulaoula Arts Programme Virtual Exhibition Curator
Soukaina Aboulaoula is an independent curator and researcher based in Marrakech, Morocco. She is currently the recipient of the COARC / Mellon Art History grant to conduct a three years research on the intertwined stories of modern art in Morocco, focusing on the transition from Moroccan modernism to the present time. Soukaina’s interests revolve around the notion of collaboration as developed within Untitled duo, an art direction agency she co-founded with Yvon Langué in 2017. Soukaina is also interested in the role and influence of the internet in art-making, and the processes of visual storytelling in unearthing invisible subject matters.
Hannah has a range of experience producing and curating multi-disciplinary arts exhibitions, events and performances and enjoys working closely with artists to realise their projects. She holds an MSc in Modern and Contemporary Art History from the University of Edinburgh and is fascinated by the intersections between contemporary art and research. Prior to joining the Doc/Fest team, she worked with the National Galleries of Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Summerhall in Edinburgh, the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) in Glasgow; Inverleith House, Fruitmarket Gallery, Talbot Rice Gallery, and Museums Sheffield, among others. With past experience in teaching, Hannah has a particular interest in community engagement and arts education. Born and raised in Sheffield, Hannah has a true love of the city and its people.
With the Festival since 2017, Patrick leads on Doc/Fest’s Industry Programme encompassing the MeetMarket, Arts Talent Market, pitches, industry sessions and talent development initiatives. Formerly Distribution Manager at Dogwoof from 2012-16, Patrick has worked closely with filmmakers, producers and partners on a diverse slate of over 100 documentary releases. Prior to working in film, Patrick was a Researcher and Senior Tutor in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney focusing on Geopolitics, International Security, Political Analysis and Qualitative Methods.
Manon Euler is the Industry Programme Producer at Sheffield Doc/Fest, designing and organising the various Industry initiatives. After graduating from the Sorbonne and University Copenhagen with a BA in Literature and a MA in Film & Media Studies, Manon worked for Nordisk Panorama, the Nordic Short Film and Documentary Festival. In 2019, she coordinated the Assembly Lab at Open City Documentary Festival. In 2020, she was part of the Forum Development Committee for This Way Up. Manon is also a film previewer for Glasgow Short Film Festival and a programmer for Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Northern Focus film strand.
Harry runs the Doc/Fest Arts Talent Market, connecting the industry to new media artists working with non-fiction narratives, from VR games to video art installations. His career has bounced him from festival to festival, including MUTEK, Raindance, VR Days, BFI London Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Mitcham VR Festival, and LOCO Film Festival. But Doc/Fest has a special place in his heart as his very first festival experience. Other than festivals, he has worked for VR distributor Other Set, artists collaborative Thayaht, and as a tour guide at the Notre Dame in Paris. Talk to Harry about the new media industry, and finding a home for your work outside of a cinema.
With a background in community cinema and documentary film production across the fields of environmental science and global health, Jamie Allan is passionate about how transdisciplinary collaboration and collective filmmaking practices can create space for alternative forms of storytelling, production, exhibition and distribution. He has a Masters in Documentary Film Directing from the DocNomads itinerant film school in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels, and is currently a researcher with the Collective Practices Post-Master at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. Since 2017 Jamie has been part of Cinecaravan – a mobile cinema project which hosts filmmaking workshops and screens short documentaries in geographically and socially remote communities across Europe. Jamie also co-curates the annual HOME Artist Film Weekender and was formerly Assistant Producer of Visual Art at HOME, Manchester’s centre for contemporary art, theatre and film.
Laura works in a variety of disciplines across arts, culture and communities—specialising in film, theatre and music. Recent work includes roles at Sheffield Theatres, Ignite Imaginations and the Showroom Cinema - all with a focus on working collaboratively with audiences; the potential art and culture has to connect people and fight inequality; and a belief that everyone should have access to art and culture in the places that they live. Laura is a fellow of the Arts Marketing Association Audience Diversity Academy and is currently part of the Brighter Sound Leaders Network - 2021.
Anthea has a background in film, theatre, photography and dance. She has been a life-long fan of Sheffield Doc/Fest since its inception in 1994. She first worked at the festival in 2018 as part of the Hospitality Team. She then moved on to the Volunteer Team and after a stint at Eclipse Theatre Company as Audience Development Officer, is returning to Sheffield Doc/Fest 2021 as part of the Community Engagement Team.
Fluent in Spanish, she also works as a part-time translator.
Although she loves Sheffield, her heart belongs to Buenos Aires, Argentina where she lived for 4 years, during which time she fell under the spell of argentine tango. She currently runs an online vlog centred on Argentine Tango Style and fashion.
Eleni is a visual artist, designer and a graduate of the Sheffield Institute of Arts, where she occasionally returns to lecture in Graphic Design. When not at Doc/Fest, find her hatching plans with pals at FLAW Collective – a space for marginalised genders, including women, trans and non-binary people to share skills, collaborate and inspire. Contact her for all things communications and marketing related.
Sarah is a freelance digital arts marketing producer. Before joining Doc/Fest Sarah worked at British Council Arts and HOME, Manchester's centre for contemporary film, art and theatre, where she led on the development, delivery and evaluation of their digital strategy. Sarah also works with Manchester Animation Festival and is a volunteer director for small social enterprise Levenshulme Market. Sarah is responsible for creating engaging digital content for Doc/Fest's online channels. She's a big food fan and has too many house plants.
Cinephile and press attaché for films and festivals, Gloria supports communications of arthouse and mainstream film titles. Apart from Sheffield Doc/Fest, Gloria is also the publicist of the following festivals: International Film Festival Rotterdam, FIDMarseille, Visions du Réel in Nyon and the Bergamo Film Meeting.
Since 1998, Mat has worked in both production and artist roles on numerous film, sound, and arts events, at festivals and galleries in the UK and abroad. He became a freelance production manager in 2003 and first contributed to Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2004, working on every Doc/Fest since then in an ever-growing capacity.
Maria Stoneman Head of HR & Participation (On Maternity Leave Until December 2021)
Originally from a theatre direction and dance theatre background, Maria has been part of the Doc/Fest team since 2012 when she was the Festival Administrator, then Head of Operations & HR in 2015 and as of 2020; Head of HR & Participation. She particularly enjoys being part of ‘Team Ops’ and working closely with the Production team on ‘making the magic happen’. She is an advocate for access at the festival and the wider arts community and continues to develop a variety of programme initiatives to enable access to all at the festival. In her spare time, she attends the theatre, enjoys running, cycling, yoga and trying to cook whilst handling the sass from Gerry, the cat. (He’s gorgeous though). Ask her for information about educational partnerships, community outreach initiatives, questions or concerns about accessibility at the festival and festival recruitment and work placement opportunities.
Nigel Fischer leads on the curation and production of the public talks and industry sessions strand of the Festival, having previously worked for Doc/Fest as producer of the Crossover Summit (now Arts Summit). Before joining Sheffield Doc/Fest, Nigel worked as Project Manager for independent arts agency The Culture Company, where he produced and managed cultural projects, artist support programmes and public art events.
Ellie has been Doc/Fest's resident Canadian since 2018. She started as Hospitality Coordinator making sure all our lovely guests have trains to ride and places to sleep. She now works across all operations. She moved to the UK in 2016 after five years at Whistler Film Festival in Whistler, BC as Film Programming Manager, and remains on the team as film programmer. A Yorkshire lass at heart, she's contributed to the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 project, Leeds International Film Festival and is a trustee for Hull Independent Cinema. Her hobbies include crying at animated films, walks with her Yorkshireman husband and their rescue dog Billy and being confused by British cultural norms.
Greg is a freelance Events Producer & Production Manager predominantly based in Manchester. He is the founder and director of Pilot Light TV Festival in addition to working across Manchester Animation Festival & RAD Screenings. Previously Greg has worked for organisations such as Bradford Literature Festival, Grimmfest, Scalarama and Signal Cinema. When he’s not got his film/tv hat on Greg enjoys music, F1, gaming, good food and watching far too many Vine & TikTok compilations on YouTube.
Ralf Webb joins the team as Catalogue and Publications Editor. He is a writer and editor, and since 2017 has worked as managing editor of The White Review, alongside co-ordinating a creative writing mentoring program for the Folio Academy Foundation. Formerly poetry editor at Ambit Magazine, he has been involved in a number of publication projects, including Swimmers from 2016 - 18, which produced print pamphlets containing essays, poetry, and visual art, and PoetryxClass, an Arts Council England-funded reading group series culminating in the publication of a print booklet. He writes creatively in his spare time and has a book of poems out this year. Contact him for all things publications-related.
Lee volunteered at several different festivals before deciding to pursue it as a career. He has previously worked as a production assistant for film and television, taught filmmaking skills to kids in the USA, and even worked on a live YouTube show from a skyscraper in Toronto. Now, he is glad to finally be settled back in the UK and a part of the Doc/Fest team.
Fiona has 17 years’ accounting experience in various industries including Real Estate Investment Management, Manufacturing, Reprographics and Brand Management. Before embarking on her career in finance, she worked as a lifeguard and as a kitchen porter, and outside of work her hobbies include herding cats. This CV made her the ideal candidate to lead the finance team at Doc/Fest when the role came up in 2015.
Cassie wanted to be a banker, but she lost interest. So instead she joined the Doc/Fest team. At Doc/Fest Cassie assists with the accounts. Please contact her if you have any exciting questions about VAT.
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