UK-based documentary conference and festival Sheffield Doc/Fest has named Cíntia Gil, most recently one of the directors of Portugal’s Doclisboa International Film Festival, as its new director.
Gil will leave her post at Doclisboa following its upcoming edition, which runs from October 17-27, and begin her role at Sheffield Doc/Fest in November.
“We are thrilled to announce Cíntia as the new festival director for Sheffield Doc/Fest,” said event chair Alexander Graham, in a statement. “She has a deep knowledge of, and passion for, documentaries together with a wealth of international connections to bring to Sheffield. What’s more she has the vision and the leadership to build on the festival’s success and take it into a new decade.”
“It is with great honor, joy, passion and curiosity that I add my voice, strength and imagination to the Sheffield Doc/Fest team,” offered Gil. “Together, we will contribute to the future of this festival and, most importantly, to the future of cinema and documentary worldwide, creating a space of freedom, plurality, inspiration and challenge.”
Apordoc, the Portuguese Documentary Association, said of Gil: “Since 2012, Cíntia’s leadership has played a crucial role in the development and success of Doclisboa, building an International image of prestige, trust and social responsibility within the international cinephile and professional community.”
In addition to Gil’s departure, the Lisbon-based fest also announced that Davide Oberto, co-director of the event from 2015 to last year, has left its board to focus on his duties with the Torino Film Festival.
Apordoc says its board will now work towards “a new direction” for the festival, with news to be announced at the closing of this year’s edition.
At Doc/Fest, Gil replaces former Discovery Networks International executive Elizabeth McIntyre, who departed as CEO and director in August of last year, and deputy director Melanie Iredale, who took the post on an interim basis upon the departure of McIntyre.