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To Screen or Not to Screen?

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Where the figureheads behind films we seek to screen have been accused of actions that go against the principles of our organisations, we must question whether offering – or denying – those films a platform suggests condoning, or censorship, and either way requires a consideration of context. The #MeToo movement has helped to highlight the ethics around programming decisions, making them more visible than ever. How do you create a robust programming ethos which stands up to scrutiny?


Melanie Iredale, Interim Director, Sheffield Doc/Fest

Andrew Simpson, Director of Film Programme, Tyneside Cinema

Eleanor Thornley, Strategic Manager, Film Hub Midlands Manager

MELANIE IREDALE is Interim Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest, a world-leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival and marketplace, celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling. Managing the Doc/Fest team, working across all programmes: Films; Alternate Realities; Talks; Sessions; Marketplace; and Special Events, as well as leading on cross-programme, all-year initiatives, Melanie has been in the independent film sector for over 15 years.