Deputy Director, Sheffield Doc/Fest
Key Expertise: Covid 19, Audience Development, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Programming, Working with Staff & Volunteers
Melanie has been Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Deputy Director since 2014: having been involved first as Development Consultant since 2010, and serving as Interim Director of the 2019 edition. She also co-curates Doc/Fest’s Rhyme & Rhythm section. Originally from East Yorkshire, Melanie’s background is as a film curator and festival producer. As former Director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival on the English-Scottish border, she commissioned moving image works, installations and performances for heritage sites, which have since gone on to tour to festivals and galleries world-wide. Melanie is a BIFA voter for the documentary award, is regularly invited to speak on diversity, inclusion and ethics in the industry, and has participated on juries including Nordisk Panorama, ZagrebDox and One World Media.