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

Melanie has been part of the DocFest family since 2010: first as Development Consultant, appointed to Deputy Director in 2014, and currently serving as Interim Director. Born and bred in Yorkshire, Melanie’s background is as a film curator and festival producer, having worked for various venues and events across the North. As Director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival on the English-Scottish border, she commissioned new moving image works and installations for heritage sites, which have since gone on to tour to festivals and galleries around the world. As part of her remit, Melanie samples the DocFest 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

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.


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

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

Karolina Lidin

Marketplace Executive Producer

E: karolina.lidin [at] sheffdocfest.com

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

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 Coordinator

E: manon.euler [at] sheffdocfest.com

Manon is the Marketplace and Talent Programme Coordinator at Sheffield Doc/Fest, 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.

Press & Marketing
Marta Berto

Marketing Manager
E: marta.berto [at] sheffdocfest.com

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 Operations & HR

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 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.

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.

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.

Hazel McKenna

Assistant Accountant

E: hazel.mckenna [at] sheffdocfest.com