Sheffield Documentary Festival director Cíntia Gil has left her position due to ‘artistic differences.’

International Documentary Festival Sheffield has announced that after directing two festivals, Gil has left her position “as a result of artistic differences over the present and future direction of the Festival with the Board of Trustees.”

Director of Partnerships, Sylvia Bednarz (pictured), is to act as Interim Managing Director.

Due to lockdown, Gil led the team to convert the 2020 festival to an entirely online event in just three months. The 2021 Edition was a hybrid event, presented online, physically in Sheffield, and in 16 cinemas across the UK.

The Trustees stated they “are extremely grateful for Cíntia’s significant contribution to the Festival over these past tough two years and wish her all the best for the future.”

Ahead of joining the Sheffield DocFest team in 2013, new interim MD, Bednarz, worked in several roles across the documentary sector including film and TV production, commissioning for online and TV, and film festivals.

Jon Creamer

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