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It is announced today that Elizabeth McIntyre is leaving her role of CEO & Festival Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest, which she has held for three years.


Under McIntyre’s leadership Doc/Fest’s reputation has gone from strength-to-strength locally, nationally and internationally, celebrated as an innovative, inclusive and business effective festival for documentary, interactive and immersive storytelling, as well as live performance events and talks. Recent initiatives such as Doc/Dinner, From Door to Doc, Want to Work in Film and the BBC Northern Docs Pitch have ensured the festival attracts new and diverse audiences. During her tenure the Festival has welcomed a range of high profile names including – among others - Tilda Swinton, Sir David Attenborough, Maxine Peake, Yance Ford, Elijah Quashie, Michael Moore, Daisy Asquith, Peter Greenaway, Sean McAllister, Shane Meadows, Lauren Greenfield, Jamal Edwards, Ken Loach, Francis Lee, DA Pennebaker, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.

This year saw ticket-sale increase by 16%, plus a larger than ever free and open-to-all content in Doc/Exchange in Tudor Square and the Alternate Realities Exhibition.


Says Alex Graham, Sheffield Doc/Fest Chair, “I am immensely proud of what Liz has achieved these last three years. Her professionalism and vision have created a fertile environment for her talented senior team to deliver increasingly pioneering and compelling festival programmes, widely celebrated by both industry and public audiences. She is leaving Doc/Fest in great shape. On behalf of the board, I would like to thank her for her passion and brilliance, and I wish her very well for the future.”


Says Liz McIntyre, “It has been an absolute honour and privilege to play my part in the Doc/Fest story, a festival I dearly love, culminating in the delivery of the 25th edition.  I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to the team, Board, Advisory and all supporters for both wonderful collaborations and friendships.”

Sheffield Doc/Fest will launch recruitment in September.




For press enquiries contact:

Sarah Harvey Publicity

+44 (0) 207 232 2812


For Festival enquires contact:

Melanie Iredale, Deputy Director

+44 (0) 114 276 5141



About Doc/Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival. Doc/Fest celebrates the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling across all platforms, from short film to feature length, series, audio, interactive, augmented reality, virtual reality and special events.


The Festival comprises:

  • Film programme for the very best in international documentary screenings;
  • Alternate Realities for interactive and immersive storyworlds;
  • Special Events including live performance;
  • Talks & Sessions to inspire, inform and debate;
  • Marketplace & Talent for international business, delegations, pitching and training;
  • Social events and networking;
  • All Year Film Screenings, Alternate Realities Tours, Talks and Training.


Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 will take place from 6-11 June