Sheffield Doc/Fest will honor HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins (pictured) during its annual awards ceremony next month.
The UK festival is introducing seven new awards this year in addition to giving out jury prizes in film, interactive and virtual reality categories.
Nevins, who will also participate in a conversation with BBC ‘Storyville’ editor Nick Fraser, will receive the Creative Leadership Award, which honors “an individual’s essential contribution to the international documentary industry.”
One of the most influential figures in the doc world, Nevins oversees the development and production of all documentaries for HBO, HBO2 and Cinemax. She has worked on thousands of docs, including recent HBO titles such as Citizenfour, The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst and Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.
Meanwhile, the Award for Unsung Hero in Factual TV will go to Media Law Consultancy MD Jan Tomalin, who has advised many of the UK’s top documentary makers, companies and broadcasters.
Also new for 2016 are the Alternate Realities VR Award, the Storytelling and Innovation Award and three prizes as part of the previously announced Whicker’s World Foundation Awards.
Established last year as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest, the inaugural Whicker’s World Foundation awards program recognizes film and audio documentaries with more than US$150,000 (£100,000) in funding awards. The finalists for the Whicker’s World awards were named last month.
Sheffield Doc/Fest’s awards ceremony takes place at the Crucible Theatre on June 14. KG Tha Comedian is hosting. The 23rd annual festival runs from June 10 to 15.