Magazine article Screen International

Claire Aguilar Joins Sheffield Doc/Fest

Magazine article Screen International

Claire Aguilar Joins Sheffield Doc/Fest

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EXCLUSIVE: Sheffield Doc/Fest has appointed Claire Aguilar as director of programming and industry engagement.

The newly created hybrid role will see Aguilar taking over from former director of programming Hussain Currimbhoy - who stepped down after seven years to join the Sundance Film Festival - as well as being responsible for overseeing industry training and mentoring as part of Doc/Fest's year-round workshops.

Aguilar joins Doc/Fest from American public television broadcaster Independent Television Service (ITVS), where she held the roles of executive content adviser, responsible for commissioning documentaries and vice president of programming, which saw her overseeing programming strategy and funding. She will move from San Francisco, where she is currently based, to Sheffield at the end of January.

She has previously served as programming consultant, film juror and panelist across a slate of international documentary organisations including Pew Fellowships in the Arts, Ford Foundation, IDFA, Visions du Réel, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Rockefeller Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Speaking to Screen, Aguilar said she was "so excited" to join the Doc/Fest team, having previously been a juror, speaker and panelist at the festival.

"I love the festival and the people, it's so lively and it's at a point of growth. It will be great to build on such a wonderful foundation," said Aguilar, who plans to give the programme line-up a more international slant in future editions. …

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