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Sheffield Doc/Fest names Clare Stewart as interim CEO, Asif Kapadia as guest curator

Sheffield Doc/Fest has released details about its 2022 leadership team, highlighted by its interim CEO. Clare Stewart, former festival director of the BFI London Film Festival, BFI Flare and the Sydney ...
October 26, 2021

Sheffield Doc/Fest has released details about its 2022 leadership team, highlighted by its interim CEO.

Clare Stewart, former festival director of the BFI London Film Festival, BFI Flare and the Sydney Film Festival, is joining Sheffield Doc/Fest in the role. She’ll steer next year’s edition of the festival, and work with the organization’s board and senior team on a long-term strategy for the event.

Meanwhile, Sheffield Doc/Fest also announced on Tuesday (October 26) that Academy Award-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Senna, Amy) will be the festival’s first guest curator. He’ll personally select some sections of the screenings program, and work with the Sheffield Doc/Fest team on events, talks and other initiatives.

“Clare’s track-record inspiring and delivering change in the international film festival arena is exemplary and we are confident she will make a positive impact on the Festival’s future as well as continue to support our commitment to nurturing local talent,” said Sheffield Doc/Fest chair Alex Cooke, in a news release.

“Asif is one of the world’s great filmmakers and documentary voices and he returns to Sheffield Doc/Fest after opening the 2019 festival with Diego Maradona and delivering a BAFTA Masterclass the same year.”

The festival is also recruiting for a senior programmer to work with Stewart on the overall film selection for the 2022 event.

The news follows a tumultuous summer for Sheffield Doc/Fest. In August, former festival director Cintia Gil left her position citing artistic differences, a statement from the festival said at the time. Sylvia Bednarz was appointed the interim managing director. A week after gil’s departure, some Sheffield DocFest programmers released a letter saying they were “silently” let go, and they called for Sheffield Doc/Fest to clarify the artistic differences that led to Gil’s departure.

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