Exclusive: Hussain Currimbhoy to join Sundance Film Fest

Currimbhoy (pictured), most recently the programming director at Sheffield Doc/Fest, is set to join the Utah festival as a doc programmer, realscreen can reveal, working alongside David Courier and Caroline Libresco.
September 22, 2014

Hussain Currimbhoy (pictured), most recently the director of programming at Sheffield Doc/Fest, is set to join the Sundance Film Festival as a documentary programmer, realscreen can reveal.

In the new role he will work alongside senior programmers David Courier and Caroline Libresco in picking non-fiction features for the annual Utah festival.

The trio report to director of programming Trevor Groth, who manages the programming staff. Currimbhoy is expected to start next month and will relocate from Sheffield to Los Angeles.

“I can’t wait to get started,” he told realscreen. “Sundance has been the driving force behind certain films that have been an inspiration to me since I was in high school. It’s a deep honor to be joining a team of people who have been part of the foundations of modern independent film and are so dedicated to helping independent filmmakers.”

The news comes after Sheffield Doc/Fest announced on September 8 that Currimbhoy would be leaving after seven years.

Among the notable achievements during his tenure with Sheffield, Currimbhoy most recently managed to secure the world premiere of Martin Scorsese’s latest documentary The 50 Year Argument for this year’s festival, which took place from June 7-12.

Sheffield has yet to announce who will be replacing Currimbhoy as director of programming, although an appointment is expected shortly. Doc/Fest CEO Heather Croall and chair Alex Graham both paid tribute to Currimbhoy.

“I am absolutely thrilled for Hussain to be taking up such a prestigious role at Sundance,” Croall told realscreen. “I am very sad to see him move on, but most of all I am full of excitement for him going on to such a great job. We will all miss Hussain; he has been a major part of the senior team and a hugely loved member of the Sheffield family.”

Graham added: “I would like to thank and acknowledge Hussain’s contribution to the growth and success of Doc/Fest.

“Over the past few years documentaries have enjoyed growing popularity in UK cinemas and that, I believe, is due in part to the inspired film program at Doc/Fest, which has attracted the attention of more distributors, exhibitors and press every year. I wish Hussain every success at Sundance.”

  • Next year’s Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22 to February 1.
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