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Dogwoof exec boards Sheffield Doc/Fest

Patrick Hurley has been appointed as head of marketplace at UK documentary festival Sheffield Doc/Fest. Formerly distribution manager at London-based sales house Dogwoof, Hurley (pictured) will replace the outgoing Anna Parker ...
November 16, 2016

Patrick Hurley has been appointed as head of marketplace at UK documentary festival Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Formerly distribution manager at London-based sales house Dogwoof, Hurley (pictured) will replace the outgoing Anna Parker when he joins the festival in January. Karolina Lidin will remain as executive producer.

Most recently, Hurley spent five years at Dogwoof where was responsible for delivering high-impact campaigns for theatrical releases. Additionally, he worked closely alongside producers, filmmakers and partners on a slate of more than 100 documentary releases, including The Act of Killing, Blackfish, Cartel Land, Leviathan, The Look of Silence, Speed Sisters, The Spirit of ’45 and Where to Invade Next.

Prior to this, Hurley served as a researcher and head tutor in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney.

Hurley’s appointment follows the last month’s news that former BRITDOC exec Luke Moody┬áhad joined Sheffield Doc/Fest as director of film programming.

The 2017 edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest runs June 9 to 14 in Sheffield, UK.

“The past five years at Dogwoof have been a joy and afforded me great exposure to the industry and insight into the needs of documentary filmmakers,” said Hurley in a statement. “In this new role I look forward to nurturing filmmakers and projects in their early stages of development and matching films with the best partners and platforms to help them find audiences worldwide.”

“His significant experience in distribution, sales, marketing, his nurturing of new and emerging filmmakers and their ideas, along with audience engagement and a deep knowledge of the international non-fiction film market makes Patrick brilliantly equipped to lead on Doc/Fest’s industry activities,” added Elizabeth McIntyre, CEO & Festival Director at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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