Sheffield Doc/Fest


Unscripted round-up: Sheffield DocFest names new MD; Three brings ‘Blow Up’ to NZ; Sky preps ‘Lockerbie’ doc

Sheffield DocFest names new MD Annabel Grundy has joined Sheffield DocFest as managing director, following the return of the UK documentary festival this June. Grundy will take up her new position in December from her current role project-managing the BFI’s UK Global Screen Fund, a new £7m pa fund from the UK Government designed to support international growth […]

Factual round-up: Rex hires Plimsoll exec for formats push; ZDF Studios expands nature offering; Doc/Fest names winners

Rex hires Plimsoll exec for formats push Zinc Media Group factual label Rex has appointed former Plimsoll Productions exec Chris Reindorp as development producer. Reindorp has joined the Lana Salah-led firm as part of its push into primetime returnable formats. He previously served as development producer at Plimsoll within factual entertainment and specialist factual for […]

BBC unveils autism, alcoholism & paranormal projects in documentary slate

UK pubcaster has commissioned three new documentary features and three new series, with the new projects announced by Clare Sillery, the BBC’s head of commissioning for documentaries, history and religion, at Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK today. The one-off productions include Family 23 (working title), which tells the story of an ordinary family from the […]

Sheffield Doc/Fest chair steps down as festival becomes registered charity

Sheffield Doc/Fest’s long-time chair Alex Graham is stepping down from the board after more than 10 years. Graham, the founding CEO of Wall to Wall, came to the end of his term last year and has decided to step down. According to Doc/Fest, the exec’s tenure as chair – which began in 2008 – has […]

Sheffield Doc/Fest rounds out creative team for 2020

Sheffield Doc/Fest has rounded out its programming team with the appointment of Vancouver International Film Festival programmer Adam Cook and a promotion for Alternate Realities veteran Joe Cutts.  The festival, which hired former DocLisboa director Cíntia Gil to head up the UK-based factual event over the summer, has hired Cook as senior programmer for the […]

Doc/Fest’s Luke Moody exits, calling out lack of global vision for fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest’s director of programming Luke Moody has quit the UK documentary festival, calling on the organisation to become more international in scope. Moody, the former head of film at Britdoc (now Doc Society), joined Doc/Fest in November 2016 under former director Elizabeth McIntyre, who stepped down last summer. He resigned last month, following the […]

Mental health for documentary field in the spotlight via week-long forum

US documentary forum The D-Word is rolling out a widespread discussion on mental health that it says is “urgently needed” in the doc community. In partnership with the International Documentary Association, the 20-year-old forum – which runs free discussions on documentary film and production – is hosting a ‘Mental Health and the Documentary Business’ conversation […]

Sheffield Doc/Fest appoints DocLisboa’s Cíntia Gil as director

Sheffield Doc/Fest has appointed former DocLisboa director Cíntia Gil (pictured) to head up the UK-based factual event. Gil had been festival director at the Portuguese event since 2012 and will now take up her new role at Doc/Fest in November, following the October edition of DocLisboa. She replaces former Discovery Networks International exec Elizabeth McIntyre, […]

Sheffield Doc/Fest, Banff announce 2019 award winners

Luke Lorentzen’s film about a family that attempts to make a living operating a private ambulance in Mexico City took the main prize at the 26th annual Sheffield Doc/Fest Awards, which took place at the Netflix Crucible Studio on Tuesday evening (12 June). The jury praised Midnight Family as “a true celebration of the potential […]