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Doc/Fest hires Iredale as Phillips, Currimbhoy depart

Sheffield Doc/Fest is bidding farewell to deputy director Charlie Phillips (pictured, left) and programming director Hussain Currimbhoy (center), with Melanie Iredale (right) joining to replace Phillips.
September 8, 2014

Sheffield Doc/Fest is bidding farewell to deputy director Charlie Phillips (pictured, left) and programming director Hussain Currimbhoy (center), with Melanie Iredale (right) joining to replace Phillips.

Iredale joins the UK-based festival from the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, which she has directed since 2009. Her arrival, effective November, comes as Phillips leaves after seven years to join UK newspaper The Guardian, in the newly created position of head of documentaries.

Currimbhoy, meanwhile, is leaving Doc/Fest after seven years for a position at “an international film festival,” according to Doc/Fest, although further details have not been released at present. His replacement “will be announced soon,” Sheffield¬†added.

Also departing the Doc/Fest team will be conference manager Suzana Jovanovska.

Sheffield Doc/Fest CEO and festival director Heather Croall told realscreen that both Phillips and Currimbhoy have landed “dream jobs.”

“I’m super sad to see both Charlie and Hussain go, but really thrilled for both of them in their new jobs,” she added. “We have all been a crew and a family together for eight festivals, and both Hussain and Charlie have played major roles in growing Sheffield during my tenure.

“But they leave the festival in a stronger position than ever; this is exciting for them, and I’m excited for them.”

In a statement, Doc/Fest chair Alex Graham¬†added that Iredale, who has worked with Sheffield as a development consultant since 2010, has been instrumental in helping Doc/Fest develop “year-on-year into a hugely exciting, public-facing festival.”

He added: “I know Doc/Fest will continue to grow in the brilliant hands of the team under Heather Croall’s direction.”

Marketplace executive producer Karolina Lidin and MeetMarket manager Anna Parker will continue to run Doc/Fest’s Marketplace, including its popular MeetMarket event.

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