Cíntia Gil
Festival Director
cintia.gil [at] sheffdocfest.com

Born in Portugal, Cíntia Gil studied at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema (Lisbon Theatre and Film School) and holds a degree in Philosophy from the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto (Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Porto). Since 2012, Cíntia Gil served as the director of Doclisboa, Portugal’s most important and steadily expanding documentary film festival. Gil has curated a variety of contemporary and historical film series, retrospectives, and exhibitions. In addition, she has been a member of the executive board of Apordoc – Associação pelo Documentário, the Portuguese documentary film association since 2015. Gil, whose texts have appeared in numerous publications on philosophy and art, is also a regular guest at panel discussions and conferences, and on international festival juries such as Berlinale, Mar del Plata, FIDMarseille among others.


Melanie Iredale
Deputy Director
melanie.iredale [at] sheffdocfest.com

Melanie has been part of the Doc/Fest family since 2010: first as Development Consultant, appointed to Deputy Director in 2014, and Interim Director of the 2019 edition. Born and bred in Yorkshire, Melanie’s background is as a film curator and festival producer. As 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 is also on the Steering Committee of the BFI FAN This Way Up conference, is regularly invited to speak on issues around diversity, inclusion and ethics in the industry, and has participated on Juries including Nordisk Panorama, ZagrebDox and One World Media. As part of her role, Melanie co-curates Doc/Fest’s Rhyme & Rhythm strand, and samples the festival’s pale ale each June to check it’s up to scratch, just for you.

Partnerships & Development

Sylvia Bednarz
Director of Partnerships & Development
sylvia.bednarz [at] sheffdocfest.com

(On Maternity Leave until September 2020)

Ahead of joining the DocFest 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 DocFest Sylvia develops new and existing partnerships across the UK and internationally.


Pamela Johnson
Director of Partnerships & Development (Maternity Cover to October 2020)
pamela.johnson [at] sheffdocfest.com

Pamela began her career in film at the BFI and London Film Festival. She has worked in a variety of marketing and fundraising leadership roles across the cultural sector in Yorkshire before becoming Arts Council England's first Audience Development Officer for the region. Following more than a decade in academia in Cambridge and London, she became a full-time consultant focused on working with creative charities and artists to help them deliver inspirational and engaging art while achieving a sustainable and resilient business model.


James Mullighan
Industry Partnerships & Development Executive
james.mullighan [at] sheffdocfest.com

James takes care of industry partnerships for Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020. In the summer of 2019 he was Director of Production of the London Indian Film Festival. 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, Together Films, Shooting People, RESFEST, Cinelan and HBO Europe. James serves on the Board of Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, and is a trustee of Dramatic Need.



Agnès Wildenstein
Associate Programmer
agnes.wildenstein [at] sheffdocfest.com

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, 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 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 Luis Ospina retrospective in Europe in 2018, and the retrospective on East German documentaries during this year edition.


 Christopher Small
 Selection Committee &   Guest Curator            christopher.small [at] sheffdocfest.com

 Christopher is a writer, filmmaker, and programmer, originally from the United  Kingdom and currently based in Prague.  He is the Project Manager of the Locarno Critics Academy, a respected workshop   in  film criticism that runs during   Locarno Film Festival. Christopher will   also curate Doc/Fest's 2020 retrospective to be announced at a later date.



 Mita Suri
 Film Programme Coordinator
 mita.suri [at] sheffdocfest.com

 With a background in community   cinema exhibition, Mita worked her way up in Doc/Fest from a volunteer, then supported the   Doc/Circuit tour as a Distribution   trainee before joining in her current role. She is your first point of contact for all things submissions and also coordinates Doc/Fest's year-round activity outside of the festival.


Alternate Realities

Joe Cutts
Curator & Head of Alternate Realities
joe.cutts [at] sheffdocfest.com

Curator & Head of Alternate Realities Joe Cutts joined Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2011. He has been integral to shaping the identity and ethos of Alternate Realities programme, stripping away the trend of modern technologies and aligning them with timeless art forms. He is currently leading on the artistic vision for the festival and year round programmes. Cutts is also a video installation artist and programmer based at S1 Artspace in Sheffield.

Talks & Sessions

Nigel Fischer
Head of Talks & Sessions
nigel.fischer [at] sheffdocfest.com

Nigel Fischer leads on the curation and production of the public talks and industry sessions strand of the Festival, having previously worked for DocFest as producer of the Crossover Summit (now Alternate Realities Summit). Before joining Sheffield DocFest, 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.

Marketplace & Talent

Patrick Hurley

Director of Marketplace & Talent

E: patrick.hurley [at] sheffdocfest.com

Patrick runs Doc/Fest’s international Marketplace connecting filmmakers with industry Decision Makers to get new documentaries made and seen. He also oversees the Festival’s All Year talent development programmes. 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 including The Act of Killing, Blackfish, Cartel Land, Concerning Violence, The Confession, Dior and I, Dreamcatcher, Leviathan, The Look of Silence, Speed Sisters, Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ‘45 and Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next. Prior to working on documentaries, Patrick studied Economics and subsequently taught Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. Contact Patrick to discuss new projects.

Manon Euler

Marketplace & Talent Programme Coordinator

E: manon.euler [at] sheffdocfest.com

Manon is the Marketplace and Talent Programme Coordinator at Sheffield Doc/Fest, designing, organising and coordinating the various marketplace opportunities and initiatives (MeetMarket, Alternate Realities Talent Market, Marketplace Summit and Sessions, Pitch opportunities,...). A graduate from Paris Sorbonne and the University of Copenhagen, Manon also coordinated the Assembly Development Lab at Open City Documentary Festival, and worked as an assistant for Nordisk Panorama, the Danish Film Institute, CPH:DOX and Creative Europe. In her free time, Manon enjoys listening to shoegaze, arguing about politics and criticising British cuisine.


Marta Berto

Head of Communications & Press
E: marta.berto [at] sheffdocfest.com

Gloria Zerbinati

International Press Officer

Production, Operations, HR & Finance

Mat Steel

Head of Production

E: mat.steel [at] sheffdocfest.com

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. As Head of Production, he delivers all the technical elements of the event, books all venues, and oversees event safety.

Maria Stoneman

Head of HR & Participation

E: maria.stoneman [at] sheffdocfest.com

Originally from a theatre production background, Maria's first taste of Doc/Fest was in 2012, when she was lucky enough to be part of the team to produce the World premiere of the archive film From the Sea To The Land Beyond. She returned as the Doc/Fest Production Assistant in March 2013, and later that year became the Festival Administrator. Maria was appointed Operations Manager in 2015 and oversees all things HR, Volunteers, Delegate Registration, Ticketing and Hospitality.

Alex Lancastle

Operations & Access Coordinator
E: alex.lancastle [at] sheffdocfest.com

Coming from a production background, having worked on projects for the BBC, Channel 4’s Random Acts, and Creative England, Alex got his first taste of Doc/Fest back in 2016 where he volunteered as part of the Film Crew. The following year he was part of the Youth Jury and then went on to complete the Festival Assistant internship programme straight after. Since then, Doc/Fest hasn’t really been able to get rid of Alex, where he’s worked as Operations Assistant for the last two festivals, and has since been promoted to Operations & Access Coordinator. Please email Alex with your registration, ticketing or access enquiries.

 Ellie Irwin

Operations & Access Producer
E: ellie.irwin [at] sheffdocfest.com

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 oversees operations and festival participation programmes including Doc/Host and Door to Doc. She moved to the UK in 2016 after five years at Whistler Film Festival in Whistler, BC. Since then she’s also contributed to the film programme for 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 British husband and their rescue staffie Billy, spreading her love for the city of Hull and being confused by British cultural norms. 

Corrigan Lowe


Administrive & Executive Assistant 
E: corrigan.lowe [at] sheffdocfest.com

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. She enjoys spending most of her free time in a dark cinema and scenic walks to the Doc/Fest bar.

Fiona Outram

Finance Manager

E: fiona.outram [at] sheffdocfest.com

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.

Hazel McKenna

Assistant Accountant

E: hazel.mckenna [at] sheffdocfest.com

Hazel joined Doc/Fest in 2019 after graduating from The University of Sheffield with a degree in maths. At Doc/Fest, she helps with the accounts and is studying for the ACCA qualification. Outside of work, Hazel is usually found sampling Sheffield’s best bars and vegan food.

Cassie Fletcher

Assistant Accountant

E: cassie.fletcher [at] sheffdocfest.com

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.