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.
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.