Jobs

Check this page regularly for details of jobs in the independent cinema sector – many of which are not advertised in the national press – including:

  • Cinema and film festival directors
  • Programmers and curators
  • Press and marketing
  • Sponsorship and development
  • Projectionists
  • Front of house staff
  • Volunteers and work placements
  • Marketing, press and sales positions with independent distributors

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Senior Bar Supervisor

mac, Birmingham

£15,000 to £20,000

mac birmingham offers a wide array of theatre performances, music, comedy, plays for children, literature, poetry events, creative learning and participation activities, family shows, films and free exhibitions. Well loved and well used, it’s a relaxed friendly place, with a café and lively bar, attracting a diverse mix of users.

mac birmingham is recruiting for a Senior Bar Supervisor to lead on the development of the Arena barto support the Head of Catering. This role will ensure the highest level of customer service is achieved at all times to all customers of mac and mac user groups. 

To check if you have the skills we require visit our website www.macarts.co.uk/jobs to download an application form, recruitment pack and supplementary information pack. 

Please note CVs will not be accepted without an application form.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 29 September 2014, with interviews to be held on Wednesday 8 October 2014.

Catering Supervisor

mac, Birmingham

£15,000 to £20,000

mac birmingham offers a wide array of theatre performances, music, comedy, plays for children, literature, poetry events, creative learning and participation activities, family shows, films and free exhibitions. Well loved and well used, it’s a relaxed friendly place, with a café and lively bar, attracting a diverse mix of users.

mac birmingham is recruiting for Catering Supervisors to support the Head of Catering. This role will ensure the highest level of customer service is achieved at all times to all customers of mac and mac user groups. 

To check if you have the skills we require visit our website www.macarts.co.uk/jobs to download an application form, recruitment pack and supplementary information pack. 

Please note CVs will not be accepted without an application form.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 29 September 2014, with interviews to be held on Monday 6 October 2014.

Part-Time Projectionist

The Electric Cinema, London

This prestigious cinema, one of the oldest (103 years old) working cinemas in the UK, is looking for a part-time projectionist. The regular film programme is popular with both tourists and locals and we also offer the cinema for private hires; clients range from birthday parties to film and press launches. This role is an opportunity to work for a cinema that values quality films and a high standard customer experience.

Person Specification / Required Skills:

We are looking for a dedicated person with a passion for film and proven experience with a variety of forms of film and video formats.

Essential:

  • Experience working in a technical role within a cinema
  • Ability to work as part of a team and also on own initiative
  • Ability to learn technical systems quickly
  • Willingness to work flexibly and a readiness to work unsociable hours 

Ideally candidates will have experience working with:

  • Barco Projectors
  • RosettaBridge
  • Dolby Show Manager
  • HDCAM

Your responsibilities will include the running of performances and helping to set up, run and break down private hire events. You will work on average 15 hours a week, with more hours as and when required.

If you are interested in this position and would like to be considered for the role, please email tony@electrichouse.com

Marketing Officer

Centre for the Moving Image, Edinburgh

£21,000

The Centre for the Moving Image, incorporating Filmhouse, Belmont Filmhouse and Edinburgh International Film Festival, is looking to recruit a Marketing Officer to work across its range of businesses.

Click here for a job description.

To apply for this role please send your CV and cover letter explaining why the role appeals to you, and how you fit the person specification detailed in the job description, to recruitment@cmi-scotland.co.uk

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 8th October 2014. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on Wednesday 15th or Thursday 16th October.

Distribution Assistant

LUX, London

£20,000 per annum (pro rata)

LUX is seeking a highly motivated Distribution Assistant to help with its busy artists' moving image distribution service and collection.

If you have a passionate interest in the promotion of artists' moving image work, great organisational skills, and would enjoy working with people and technology in a small busy arts organisation then please visit the LUX website to download the job description and person specification for more information.

Permanent contract with 5% pension contribution; 4 days per week.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 29th September 2014.

Nomad Summer 2014 Volunteers

The Nomad Cinema, London

Unpaid (expenses covered)

We have FOUR dates left of our Summer Season, and we need a few extra hands to finish the season with a bang! Dates required are:

Saturday September 20th for Pulp Fiction at Queen's Park

Wednesday September 24th for The Talented Mr Ripley at Hyde Park Lido

Thursday September 25th for Breakfast at Tiffany's at Hyde Park Lido

Saturday September 27th for Cinema Paradiso at Queen's Park

Please see below for a full description of the role, and please let us know if you would be free to help out.

Each of our fantastic volunteers (we can’t wait to meet you!) will join the Nomad (and Lewis The Camel!) on the road, helping us to run the Front of House. We’re taking a very classy programme of films to some beautiful, curious and downright strange screening locations. You will help bring the magic of cinema to audiences of up to 1500, as the sun sets on some stunning London scenery! 

Duties at events: ushering, set-dressing, box office duties, meet & greet, selling merchandise, patrolling the grounds, flyering, and generally helping create our magical atmosphere. You’ll be there to tell people a bit more about the Nomad and our story (100% of our profits go to an incredible charity) and make sure they have a fantastic time. You’ll work closely with Dave, our Front of House manager, and Allison, our Project Director.

What you get out of it: this is a great chance to learn from experienced and innovative arts professionals (ahem, that’s us) running the UK’s only social enterprise cinema (our beloved Lexi) and the UK’s first social enterprise pop-up cinema business. You will get real, transferable hands-on experience in hospitality and events management, and gain some extremely valuable skills. Aside from it being heaps of fun, there will also be the potential to provide you with a reference in the future. We will cover travel expenses within zones 1 - 3, provide you with a meal, and we will also give you a pair of FREE tickets to see a film at our big sister, The Lexi Cinema, in Kensal Rise. 

Who should apply: We are looking for enthusiastic, friendly volunteers with an interest in event management. A passion for film & cinema will help too! Anyone looking forward to a career in the arts is also encouraged to apply - not only will you love being part of these pop-up events, but you’ll have some great networking opportunities (we are small but well connected!). Applicants must be 16+.

Time Commitment: please note evenings will be required. Shifts wills start at 4pm, and finish at about 11pm.

Application: Please send an email to volunteer@whereisthenomad.com with the subject NOMAD 2014 VOLUNTEERS and the dates you'd like to work, plus a contact telephone number, and we'll be in touch immediately.

The deadline for applications is 2pm on Friday 26th September 2014.

Director of Programming and Industry Engagement

Sheffield Doc/Fest, Sheffield

£40,000 to £50,0000 dependent on experience

Sheffield Doc/Fest is inviting applications for the role of Director of Programming and Industry Engagement. Doc/Fest is an internationally renowned organisation presenting one of the world’s leading documentary festivals with a key industry market, film programme and conference. It also presents numerous public events and industry training programmes year-round.

The Director of Programming and Industry Engagement is a central role in the organisation, responsible for programming and scheduling films at the festival and for year-round events. It requires mentoring filmmakers on international documentary finance at our training courses as well as contributing to fundraising for the organisation and representing Sheffield Doc/Fest at national and international festivals and at meetings with stakeholders. The role manages the film department, manages the budget of the programming department and works closely with other departments to ensure coherence between the film programme and all other areas of Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Applicants must have at least 12 years experience in the International Documentary Industry and in particular, working with filmmakers, commissioners, funders, foundations and broadcasters. Applicants must have extensive industry contacts around the world. We are looking for applicants regarded as international leaders in the documentary industry who are able to represent Sheffield Doc/Fest at all industry events including speaking at festivals, pitching to industry funds and mentoring film makers in our training programmes.

We are inviting prospective applicants to apply for this role by submitting to jobs@sidf.co.uk

The deadline for applications is Monday 13th October 2014.

Director

Arnolfini , Bristol

£55,000 to £70,000

Arnolfini is one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts, based in Bristol’s Harbourside. Through a visual arts-led multidisciplinary programme of exhibitions, live art, dance, music, film, poetry and literature, with a strong emphasis upon learning and participation, Arnolfini seeks to foster artistic experiment and engagement across the contemporary arts.

With the support of its public stakeholders, Arnolfini is going through an exciting period of renewal. The new Director will lead the organisation through the completion of the programme of managed change into a stable future of international artistic ambition which is firmly rooted at the heart of Bristol’s cultural offer.

Reporting to the Chair, the Director is Arnolfini’s Chief Executive. As the sole Board appointment working through the management team, he/she is responsible for all aspects of the organisation’s management including delivery of an appropriate vision-driven programme to wide-ranging audiences, business planning, fundraising and development, commercial operations, staff management and the operation of the building.

For further information on the post and details of how to apply please call 0117 9172310 or email recruitment@arnolfini.org.uk or download further information from www.arnolfini.org.uk

The deadline for applications is Friday 10th October 2014. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 29th October 2014.

Assistant Programme Intern

They Eat Culture, Preston

£10,000 to £15,000

They Eat Culture (TEC) is an arts & cultural production non-profit that take a site-responsive, quality combined arts and cross-media approach in order to be a direct intervention into the cultural life of Preston and Lancashire.

TEC are seeking an enthusiastic arts / creative graduate to join our team. The core of the role is to evaluate and enhance current audience and community engagement and develop parts of the Continental programme, ideally accumulating in delivering their own strand/s of events at the venue.

This is a one-year contract for 30 hours per week. Salary: £6.50 an hour.

For full details, including how to apply, click here.

The closing date for applications is Friday 26th September 2014.

Board Member

QUAD, Derby

Unpaid (Trustee)

QUAD – A Midlands-based hub for digital media, international contemporary visual arts, participation and film is seeking two board members to join our visionary governance team. We are looking for board members with considerable experience in the field of contemporary visual arts and digital media to add to the skill-sets of existing board members.

You will need to be available to attend the bimonthly board meetings and occasional staff and board development away days. You will be comfortable in a board and governance environment alongside a diverse team of board members and staff. You will be a critical friend who brings advice, experience and inspiration in equal measure and is keen to work closely with our internationally renowned Artistic Director, Louise Clements, and the wider programme team to proactively advocate for our high profile international and locally rooted diverse programme that enables art and film to be accessible to all. 

In return you will be a key member of our forward thinking team, have the opportunity to attend key events and continue to establish our relationship as a leading organisation in our field. 

If you would like to express your interest in this role please send a short covering letter and a copy of your CV to Hannah Hervé-Petts – hannahhp@derbyquad.co.uk / QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, DE1 3AS

The closing date is 10am on Monday 6th October 2014.

Head of Marketing

Rich Mix, London

£30,000 to £40,000

Rich Mix is a thriving Arts and Cinema Centre in East London. We are a charity and social enterprise.

We are a small team who are doing amazing things to promote excellent arts; earn commercial income, and use all of our commercial surplus to support our arts charity for young people and those from our local area. We offer over 500 arts events per year across the range of arts disciplines.

We are recruiting for a Head of Marketing. This is a full time position. The salary for this role is between £30-35k, depending on experience.

The successful candidate will support and manage our team of operational staff who are undertaking marketing activities. They will be responsible for helping to develop our PR strategy; our branding and signage approach; developing our website and social media presence with the overall aim of building awareness of Rich Mix; increasing ticket sales; and developing our case for charitable support.

The post is part of the senior leadership team and an excellent opportunity to make a significant contribution to the work of a successful arts charity.

You can download the full job descriptionat www.richmix.org.uk/about/recruitment/

To apply, please send a completed equal opportunities form (also available at www.richmix.org.uk/about/recruitment/), a copy of your CV, and a one page cover letter telling us how your skills fit with what we need and why you want to be part of the Rich mix team to jane.earl@richmix.org.uk 

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday 2nd October 2014.

Sales Manager

mac, Birmingham

£20,000 to £25,000

mac birmingham is an exciting, ambitious arts centre which offers a wide array of free exhibitions, theatre, music and comedy performances, plays for children and families, literature and poetry events, creative learning and participation activities and a lively cinema. Well loved and well used, it’s a relaxed friendly place, with a café and lively bar, attracting a diverse mix of users.

Do you have sales experience and people management skills from a venue or box office environment? mac birmingham is looking for a Sales Manager who can lead a team to deliver first class customer service in one of the country’s foremost contemporary arts centres. With a focus on customer satisfaction, staff motivation, maximising ticket sales, retail sales and donations, the role works closely with other customer facing teams. Reporting to The Head of Sales and Marketing, the role includes shifts on the main desk as appropriate, which will include some evenings and weekends as required.

To check if you have the skills we require, visit our website www.macbirmingham.co.uk/jobs and download the application form, recruitment pack and supplementary information pack.

Follow the instructions at the end of the recruitment pack to send in your application form. Please note CVs will not be accepted without an application form.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 23 September 2014 with interviews to be held Thursday 2 October 2014.

Film Hub Strategy & Development Manager

Film Hub South East, Brighton

£33,242 to £39,685 (dependent on experience)

Film Hub South East, part of the BFI Film Audience Network, is based at the University of Brighton, in Brighton, East Sussex.

We are looking for a Film Hub Strategy & Development Manager to manage all aspects of FHSE’s work including being its lead representative and advocate both nationally and regionally.

The role entails contributing to the FHSE’s strategy for the development of a dynamic network, managing its relationships and partnerships; organising and delivering FHSE’s events and training programme; overseeing the communications strategy; managing the budget; overall responsibility for the FHSE Open Call Audience Development investment strands; representing FHSE at all national meetings; and reporting to the University, FHSE’s Management Board and the BFI. The manager is responsible for managing the Hub’s staff, including Administrator, Finance Officer and all contracted staff including the Audience Development Producers and freelancers.

To download the full job description and an application form, please click here.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 8th October 2014. Interviews are scheduled for 23rd and 24th October 2014.

Coordinator - Operations, Partners & Projects

BFI, London

£27,780 to £32,499

The BFI is the leading organisation for film in the UK. We are a Government arm's length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film.

This exciting role will be crucial to the overall effectiveness of the BFI Film Fund team. The Operations, Partners and Project (OPPs) team is responsible for the operational capabilities of the Film Fund, including project management, partner contract relationships, monitoring and analyzing the outcomes of Film Fund activity and providing first class support to partners and applicants for all Lottery and GiA funding agreements. The OPPs Coordinators will support all aspects of project management, performance review, partner support and Lottery application management.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrable knowledge of the UK film industry, and have experience team-working effectively in a high pressure environment. You will have excellent administrative and organizational skills, high level understanding of database systems including GIFTs and an ability to streamline and improve processes. You will have a professional and friendly manner with the ability to develop and maintain relationships with key external contacts as well as other teams within the BFI.

You will enjoy benefits such as our BFI pension scheme, 28-33 days annual leave, tickets to BFI festivals and events plus many others.

For more details and to apply, visit https://bfijobsandopportunities.bfi.org.uk/

The closing date for applications is 24th September 2014. Interviews will be held on 13th October 2014.

Head of UK Wide Audiences

BFI, London

Approx. £77,000 per annum + benefits

The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK. We are a Government arm's length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film.

The Head of UK Wide Audiences is a newly created post and will be a pivotal part of the recently expanded Film Fund team. It has been created to develop an overarching philosophical and strategic approach to UK Wide Audience Development, building on existing activity and designing new strategies, including a focus on sectoral growth and the most effective use of the BFI's Lottery levers to grow engaged audiences in British and specialised film.

Reporting to Ben Roberts, the Director of Lottery Film Fund, the successful candidate will build on existing relationships with independent, commercial and community venues (developing an organic leadership role for Film Audience Network (FAN)), film festivals, and the UK film distributors and sales agents, and ensure that BFI's Lottery investments across distribution, exhibition, festivals, feature film development and production are dynamic, coordinated and strategically aligned.

The successful applicant will have a track record of successful audience growth for films with specialist and cultural content; an understanding of the challenges of growing, and developing diverse, audiences for film; and demonstrable knowledge of the production, distribution, commercial and independent exhibition sectors, including digital.

Based in Central London, you will enjoy benefits such as our pension scheme, 28-33 days annual leave, tickets to BFI festivals and events plus many others.

For more details and to apply, visit https://bfijobsandopportunities.bfi.org.uk/

The closing date for applications is 2nd October 2014. First Interviews will be held on 15th October 2014.

UK Wide Audiences Coordinator

BFI, London

£27,780 to £32,499

The BFI is the leading organisation for film in the UK. We are a Government arm's length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film.

This exciting new role sits in the Film Fund and will support all aspects of the Fund's UK Wide Audiences Team's activities spanning Exhibition and Distribution. The post holder will provide administrative support and co-ordination functions for the team and the Lottery schemes that it manages, often acting as the first point of contact for the department. The nature of the work is varied and will include extensive contact with the wider UK film sector, including distributors, cinema exhibitors and film festivals.

The post is one of two UK Wide Audiences Coordinators working across the Film Fund UK Wide Audiences Team.

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level or have equivalent experience, preferably in a cultural organisation. You will have a demonstrable knowledge of UK film exhibition and/or distribution and experience of working in a high pressure environment. You will have excellent administrative, organisational and communication skills, with the ability to self manage and meet deadlines.

You will enjoy benefits such as our BFI pension scheme, 28-33 days annual leave (which includes days off for Christmas), tickets to BFI festivals and events plus many others.

The job is full time and is based in London.

For more details and to apply, visit https://bfijobsandopportunities.bfi.org.uk/

The closing date for applications is 23rd September 2014. Interviews will be held on 8th October 2014.

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