Melanie Iredale is Deputy Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the top three documentary festivals and markets in the world. Doc/Fest is a hub for all documentary and factual content and across all platforms. It consist of a film programme for the very best international documentaries; Marketplace, for international business; talks and sessions designed to inspire, inform and provoke debate; and the Alternate Realities strand, to promote digital and interactive innovation.


Starting her career as an usher at Tyneside Cinema, Melanie worked as a film curator and festival producer in the North of England for ten years. She managed Northern Lights Film Festival in Newcastle-Gateshead, whilst working as Film Programme Director at Nordic International Cultural Events in Liverpool. She then spent five years developing Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival as Director, commissioning new works which have gone on to be exhibited at festivals across the world. Having worked with Sheffield Doc/Fest in a freelance capacity for five years, Melanie was appointed as Deputy Director in November 2014.


Sheffield Doc/Fest returns for its 23rd edition, 10-15 June 2016.