Cíntia Gil
Festival Director

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.


Corrigan Lowe
Administrative & Executive Assistant
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.

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 December 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 Yorkshire region. Following more than a decade in academia in Cambridge and London universities, 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.


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 Producer
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

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 Producer

manon.euler [at] sheffdocfest.com

Manon is the Marketplace and Talent Programme Producer 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.

Harry Løvstrøm

Alternate Realities Talent Programme Coordinator

E: harry.lovstrom [at] sheffdocfest.com


Marta Berto
Head of Communications & Press
marta.berto [at] sheffdocfest.com

Marta is a communications professional with a track record of successfully commissioning, art directing, and producing video, editorial, and promotional content for a variety of audiences across Europe. She has previously worked as Head of Public Relations and Marketing for distribution company Against Gravity and their Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, and for Audioriver electronic music festival, where she gained extensive experience in media relations, fundraising, marketing and partnership, and stakeholder management in complex projects. She was the lead on communications activities for MEDIA/Creative Europe programme, HBO Europe, Salisbury Arts Centre, Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival and Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle. She is passionate about film, art, and literature and loves to work with creative teams to make great ideas reality. Connect with Marta on LinkedIn.

Gloria Zerbinati
International Press Officer

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. 

Production, Operations, HR & Participation

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

maria.stoneman [at] sheffdocfest.com

Originally from a theatre direction and dance theatre background, Maria has been part of the Doc/Fest team since 2012. Originally as the Festival Administrator, appointed to 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). Contact her for information about educational partnerships, community outreach initiatives, questions about accessibility at the festival and festival recruitment.


Ellie Irwin
Operations & Access Producer

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 assists with operations and festival participation programmes. 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. 


Fiona Outram
Finance Manager

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.


Artistic Team

The appointed artistic team of Doc/Fest reflects the trans-disciplinary and intercultural approach of the festival whose programme consists of events across six areas: Films, Live Events, Alternate Realities, Talks, Marketplace and Social. In 2019 Doc/Fest welcomed industry delegates from 59 countries and included 200 works from over 50 countries. The 2020 festival, which will announce its first batch of programming picks on 8 June 2020, will showcase work selected from international submissions, in line with Doc/Fest’s strategy to nurture new and emerging talent. 

Selection Commitee:

Cíntia Gil

Agnès Wildenstein

Christopher Small

Tomás Baltazar

Onyeka Igwe

Qila Gill

Daniel Hui

Rabz Lansiquot

Carlos Pereira

Melanie Iredale

Patrick Hurley

Mita Suri

Programme consultants from Brazil, the Middle East, Russia, Southeast Asia and Japan:

Danielle Arbid

Juliano Gomes

Kong Rithdee

Yu Shimizu