Adam Cook has resigned with immediate effect as Senior Programmer of Sheffield Doc/Fest, according to a statement released December 19 2019 by the festival.
Cook joined Sheffield in November 2019 but resigned after allegations of violence were posted on Twitter by a former partner.
“The artistic direction of the Festival remains with Festival Director Cíntia Gil, and will continue to stand for our fundamental values, and as a platform for reflection, discussion and collective engagement,” the statement said.
Cook released a statement December 23 2019 which stated: “I handed in my resignation to Sheffield Doc/Fest last Thursday, effective immediately. The board accepted my decision. This comes following some criticisms of past behaviour that have been discussed recently on social media. Amidst personal and legal concerns, I did not wish to become a distraction for the festival and offered my resignation with considerable regret.”
Before joining SIFF Cook was founding curator of the Future/Present programme of Canadian independent cinema at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). In a statement, also released December 23, the Canadian festival said: “We wish to advise that the former programmer no longer works with VIFF,” adding, “While we will be retiring the Future/Present film series, our commitment to Canadian cinema remains as strong as ever.”
Cook’s website details previous employment as programming associate at the Toronto International Film Festival, programming consultant for Hot Docs, advisor on U.S. programming at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and Canadian Film Programmer for the Victoria Film Festival. He has also curated retrospective programmes for Doclisboa, TIFF Cinematheque, Northwest Film Forum, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, and Vancity Theatre.
As a critic and journalist he has worked for The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, VICE, Film Comment, Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope, Filmmaker Magazine, Little White Lies and Cineaste. He is also a former Content Manager for MUBI.