Elizabeth McIntyre

CEO & Festival Director

E: elizabeth.mcintyre [at]

Elizabeth McIntyre is the CEO and Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the world’s leading documentary festivals. She began her career as a documentary maker, with credits such as the Ed Murrow award winning The Lost Children of Berlin (Steven Spielberg, Shoah Foundation), No Place Like Home (BBC) and Five Steps to Tyranny (BBC), moving to Factual commissioning at Discovery Networks international, with global hits such as Extreme Car Hoarders and You Have Been Warned, and Discovery UK’s The Great White Silence in association with the BFI and George Cross Heroes in association with the IWM. She formerly ran Masterschool for Documentary Campus, and is a Board member for WFTV and sits on the BAFTA TV committee.

Melanie Iredale

Deputy Director

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Melanie Iredale was appointed Deputy Director in 2014, having previously worked in a freelance capacity with Doc/Fest as Development Consultant since 2010. Melanie came to Sheffield from Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, where she was Director & Curator, commissioning works by artists as diverse as Field Music, Ben Russell and Vicki Bennett which went on to tour to festivals and galleries across the world.

Hannah McHaffie

Administrative & Executive Assistant

E: hannah.mchaffie [at]

Hannah McHaffie joined the Sheffield Doc/Fest team in December 2015. Prior to that, she was Programme Assistant at Lancashire based arts and cultural organisation They Eat Culture where she coordinated a fortnightly film club and assisted with the delivery of the company’s arts programme. She graduated with an MA in Film from the University of Edinburgh in 2014.

Marketing, Sponsorship and Press

Sylvia Bednarz

Director of Partnerships & Development

E: sylvia.bednarz [at]

Sylvia first attended Doc/Fest as a delegate in 2008. Each year since, she has supported events and produced sessions for the Festival, including the first BFI Live Pitch in Sheffield. Sylvia joined the Doc/Fest team as Business & Marketing Director in 2013. Prior to this, Sylvia worked in documentary film and TV production, beginning her media 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. Before joining Doc/Fest, Sylvia was the Business Development Director and Film Festival Producer at digital short film platform The Smalls.

River Ferris
Marketing Assistant

E: river.ferris [at]

River first became involved with Sheffield Doc/Fest as a volunteer and delegate in 2014. Since then, she has been involved in the Festival in various roles, from Festival Assistant to currently Marketing Assistant. Prior to her current appointment, she worked at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival as Marketing and Development Officer and Cork Film Festival as Marketing and Design Assistant. She holds a BSc in Documentary Film from Ithaca College in New York and an MA in Documentary Production from Sheffield Hallam University.

Sarah Harvey

Press Consultant

E: sarah [at]

Sarah has been involved with press at Doc/Fest since 2007. The early days the Festival had approximately 30 press attending and Sarah has worked hard to ensure over 160 international, local and national journalists attend the Festival each year.

Hayley Willis

Festival Publicist

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Karolina Lidin

Marketplace Executive Producer

E: karolina.lidin [at]

Karolina was part of the very first MeetMarket with former CEO Heather Croall in Adelaide, and was part of the project committee for the first few MeetMarkets at Doc/Fest. In 2008 Karolina became the Marketplace Executive Producer.

Patrick Hurley

Head of Marketplace

E: patrick.hurley [at]

Becky Sliwa Webb

Marketplace Coordinator

E: becky.webb [at]

Becky was first involved with Doc/Fest in 2013 as a MeetMarket volunteer, returning the following year to oversee the Alternate Realities Market. As Marketplace Coordinator she assists in the year-round delivery of the Marketplace, including the MeetMarket. Prior to Doc/Fest, Becky worked briefly in distribution and as a documentary researcher.

Film Programme

Luke Moody
Director of Film Programming

E: luke.moody [at]

Luke W Moody leads on curation of the film programme across short and long-form documentary film and events. Previously he was Head of Film at BRITDOC, commissioning long-form documentary cinema across six international film funds from development to completion including Oscar-winning CITIZENFOUR, and Oscar-nominated Virunga, The Square and Dirty Wars and executive producing titles such as An Insignificant Man. Since 2010 he also led on filmmaker outreach globally for BRITDOC and managed UK impact distribution campaigns, innovating new means of creating social impact with documentary film.

Sarah Dawson
Film Programme Manager

E: sarah.dawson [at]

Sarah first joined Doc/Fest in 2015, after several years' involvement in curation and management of the film programme at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa and the Africa in Motion Film Festival in Scotland. She is also a lecturer and film critic. She holds a MA in Film Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Joe Cutts

Film & Alternate Realities Programme Coordinator

E: joe.cutts [at]

Joe Cutts first volunteered at Doc/Fest in 2010. Since then he has developed through the company, firstly taking part in the Doc/Fest internship, and now becoming an integral part of the Film & Alternate Realities programme team with a focus on coordinating screening and exhibition content. Next June will mark Joe’s 8th Festival. Parallel to this Joe has exhibited in the UK and internationally as a lens based artist since 2010.


Mat Steel

Head of Production

E: mat.steel [at]

Mat Steel is the Head of Production at Sheffield Doc/Fest. He has worked with the Festival since 2005, and in addition, as a freelance producer, curator, and artist, has contributed to a multitude of film, sound, and arts events at festivals and galleries within the UK and internationally since 1998.

Talks & Sessions

Nigel Fischer

Head of Talks & Sessions

E: nigel.fischer [at]

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 Alternate Realities Summit). Before joining 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.

Operations & Finance

Maria Stoneman

Operations Manager

E: maria.stoneman [at]

Maria started with Doc/Fest in 2012 as Venue Manager at the Crucible for the premiere of From the Sea To The Land Beyond with live score by British Sea Power. She returned as the Doc/Fest Production Assistant in March 2013, and later that year became the Festival Administrator before being appointed as Operations Manager.

Saul Holmes
Operations Assistant

E: saul.holmes [at]

Saul first got involved with Doc/Fest as a volunteer in 2015, before completing the Festival Assistant internship. In 2016, Saul joined the team as Publications & Marketing Assistant, helping to produce the Industry Catalogue and other Festival publications. Saul now works as Operations Assistant, helping out across registrations, volunteering and other administrative areas.

Fiona Outram

Finance Manager

E: fiona.outram [at]

Fiona Outram joined the Doc/Fest Finance team in November 2015, having worked in finance since 2000. Fiona previously worked in restaurant management.

Samantha Armstrong

Assistant Accountant

E: samantha.armstrong [at]

Samantha Armstrong joined the Doc/Fest team full time in September 2014 as an Assistant Accountant. Alongside this, she is currently studying for qualifications in payroll and a diploma in accounting.

Amy Benjamin

Assistant Accountant

E: amy.benjamin [at]

Amy Benjamin joined Doc/Fest as an intern in April 2014 whilst studying at college. She was then offered a temporary position in the finance department during the build up to the Festival and is now a member of the year-round team, working part time as an Assistant Accountant.