The Grierson Trust has appointed Sylvia Bednarz as its managing director to replace the outgoing Jane Callaghan, who will retire later this year.
The Trust is a leading supporter of factual filmmaking in the UK, nurturing factual TV talent through its Grierson DocLab training and mentoring programs and recognizing excellence in the field through the annual British Documentary Awards (a.k.a. the Griersons), whose 50th anniversary edition is scheduled for November 10 in London. (The shortlisted nominees for this year’s awards were announced last week.)
Bednarz begins working in her new position in September, ahead of the awards ceremony. She has previously worked in roles across the documentary sector, including film and TV production and commissioning for online, TV and film festivals. She joins the Grierson Trust from Sheffield DocFest, where she worked as partnerships and operations director, overseeing operations, production, finance and HR and securing new grants and sponsorship funding annually from UK and international partners.
“Sylvia is a fantastic appointment. She has the perfect combination of experience, contacts and knowledge of factual filmmaking to lead the Grierson Trust through the next phase of its development,” said Grierson Trust chair Lorraine Heggessey.
“She will build on the excellent work of the current team, as the Trust continues to champion the art of the documentary through the annual awards for excellence as well as growing its reputation as a training organization that nurtures new talent, opening the door for underrepresented groups.”
Bednarz added: “I’m thrilled to be joining the Grierson Trust as Managing Director. It is truly my dream job — to nurture the next generation of documentary storytellers and celebrate the most exciting and innovative work within our sector. It’s also a privilege to build on the legacy of Jane Callaghan‘s 20 years at the trust.”