Elizabeth McIntyre is stepping down from her role as CEO and festival director at Sheffield Doc/Fest after three years in the role.
During McIntyre’s tenure, the industry veteran oversaw the launch of such initiatives as Doc/Dinner, From Door to Doc, Want to Work in Film and the BBC Northern Docs Pitch. The festival also saw a 16% increase in ticket sales during the 2018 edition, which kicked off with Sean McAllister’s A Northern Soul.
The festival also played host to numerous high-profile guests over McIntyre’s term, including Tilda Swinton, David Attenborough, Maxine Peake, Yance Ford, Elijah Quashie, Michael Moore, Daisy Asquith, Peter Greenaway, Sean McAllister, Shane Meadows, Lauren Greenfield, Jamal Edwards, Ken Loach, Francis Lee, D.A. Pennebaker, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.
Sheffield Doc/Fest will begin recruitment in September for McIntyre’s successor to guide Doc/Fest’s next edition, which will run June 6-11.
“It has been an absolute honor and privilege to play my part in the Doc/Fest story, a festival I dearly love, culminating in the delivery of the 25th edition,” said McIntyre, in a statement sent to realscreen. “I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to the team, board, advisory and all supporters for both wonderful collaborations and friendships.”
“I am immensely proud of what Liz has achieved these last three years,” said Doc/Fest chair Alex Graham. “Her professionalism and vision have created a fertile environment for her talented senior team to deliver increasingly pioneering and compelling festival programs, widely celebrated by both industry and public audiences. She is leaving Doc/Fest in great shape.”
“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank her for her passion and brilliance, and I wish her very well for the future.”