Festival Marketing and Communications Lead

Sheffield DocFest


Salary: £36,000 - £38,000 pro rata

Sheffield DocFest are looking for a Festival Marketing and Communications Lead to lead on their marketing, branding and PR campaign for the 2023 festival

About Sheffield DocFest

Sheffield DocFest is the UK’s leading documentary festival and one of the world’s most influential markets for documentary projects. We champion and present the breadth of documentary form – film, television, immersive and art – in the vibrant city of Sheffield each June. We offer makers and audiences a place for inspiration, debate, development, learning and challenge. Our programming represents our core values – creativity, empathy, freedom, inclusivity and internationalism.

Sheffield DocFest is run by International Documentary Festival Sheffield, an independent registered charity (no.1184849), whose purpose is to advance the art of film, education and training in documentary filmmaking. Our core values as a charity centre around empathy, inclusiveness, social engagement, freedom and internationalism.

Equal Opportunities

Our jobs are like our festival, open to all.

We believe that documentaries, and those working in the arts and in media – including
ourselves – have a part to play in creating a society which is proud of its diversity and its
multi-cultural heritage.

Our programme-centred approach to inclusiveness puts diversity at the forefront of its activity. Through the documentaries we showcase and the talent we develop, we aim to celebrate diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination.

Equally, we are committed to providing a welcoming, accessible, inclusive and positive
experience for all festival attendees, team members and volunteers – regardless of age,
disability, sex, gender, sexuality, marital/civil partnership status, pregnancy/maternity/
paternity, race, religion/belief, or socio-economic background. We’re proud to be a
Disability Confident committed employer, supporting disabled people in the workplace.
Sheffield DocFest is BFI Diversity standards approved, an organisation that encourages
equality of opportunity and addresses under-representation in the screen industries.

About the Role

We are seeking an inspirational and experienced marketing and communications lead to develop and implement the marketing and branding for Sheffield DocFest festival encompassing the film programme, alternate realities exhibition, talks & Sessions and special events. They will also support and collaborate on PR campaigns with an external PR agency.

Reporting to the Director of Partnerships & Community, they will work collaboratively on organisational strategy and take the lead on audience development plans with a focus on increasing public engagement and reaching local audiences reflective of Sheffield communities. They will be passionate about film, TV, immersive and art, have a good knowledge of documentary, and possess a strong aptitude for balancing cultural and business objectives.

They will oversee the work of the Communications team, managing the Publications Editor as well as the external PR consultants. With the Communications Coordinator they will recruit a team of short-term contractors to deliver their campaign and audience development plans. They will be adaptable and take a solutions-focused approach with the ability to make ad hoc decisions in a fast-paced, grass-roots environment.

The role is offered as a fixed term position for the 2023 edition of the festival, concluding 31 July 2023. Applications are welcome from individuals and organisations with relevant experience.


A full job description can be downloaded from our website.

We are inviting prospective applicants to apply for this role by submitting an up-to-date CV and either a) a covering letter (no longer than 2 pages), or b) a video letter (up to 10 minutes in length), explaining what attracts you to the role, what you can bring and how you meet the criteria.

Please address applications to: Maria Stoneman, Head of HR & Participation:

Please also direct any queries to Maria Stoneman.

If you require further information (including requests for printed forms/access support),
please contact us on +44 (0) 114 276 5141. Please email Maria at
recruitment@sheffdocfest.com to arrange a conversation in advance of applying, should you wish to.

We monitor the diversity of our workforce and for the purposes of reporting to our key
funders we ask that you help us by completing the following anonymously.


Interview date: week commencing 20 February 2023
Start date: As soon as possible after
Festival dates: 14-19 June 2023

The closing date for this position is 17/02/2023 at 08:00

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