Festival Director & CEO Sheffield Doc/Fest
‘Keep on enjoying playing the game of life.’
Liz McIntyre AKA Festival Director & CEO of Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the world’s leading documentary festivals. She is also a Board member for Women in Film and Television and sits on the BAFTA TV and BAFTA Learning and New Talent Committees.
She began her documentary career as a documentary maker, with credits including the Ed Murrow awardwinning The Lost Children of Berlin (Steven Spielberg, Shoah Foundation), No Place Like Home (BBC) and Five Steps to Tyranny (BBC).
After making documentaries, Liz moved into commissioning them for organisations including Discovery Channel, working with the Imperial War Museum and the British Film Institute, amongst others.
Liz formerly ran the training programme, Documentary Campus Masterschool in Berlin, for emerging international talent.
‘I love small stories with big messages. We must be aware of the stories around us.’
Her teenage years were spent in search of role models with experience that extended beyond her own home, and Liz found her inspiration in other peoples’ stories.
When Liz’s family faced their own adversity, she realised that the lives of others are often not what they seem.
From observing and experiencing her own and other people’s life stories, for Liz the word ‘game’ now means different things and comes in different guises:
- Activity for fun.
- Competitive sport, played according to the rules.
- A period of play, ending in a final result.
- A secret or clever plan or trick.
- Being eager to do something new or challenging.
‘Can we not always see each other as winners or losers? Can we see it as a collective group instead?’
Throughout the history of human civilization, the game is always about winning or losing.
A writer named James P. Carse elaborated this concept through finite and infinite games: ‘the limited match is played for the purpose of victory, while the infinite game is played for continuing the game.’
The same energy that we spend chasing rewards and likes can be refocused to loving our craft and shipping our best work. Keep your eyes on the journey, not the prize.