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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Temporary roles (Doc/Fest)

Doc/Fest, Sheffield

Sheffield Doc/Fest is excited to announce we are recruiting for key freelance opportunities based in Sheffield for the 2015 Festival.

Sheffield Doc/Fest 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 initiatives throughout the year. The organisation prides itself on the professional level of service it offers to the industry and the world class programme it offers public audiences.

Doc/Fest is pleased to announce that we currently have the following vacancies: 

EVENTS MANAGER

Fee: £5,500

This is an exciting opportunity to join the team in a key role leading up to the festival. You will be working with the Business and Marketing Director to deliver large key social events and gala events at Sheffield Doc/Fest. If you would like further information about this job please click here. To apply for this role please send a CV and covering letter detailing your experience and why you think you would be right for this role to maria@sidf.co.uk.

The deadline to submit applications is midnight on the 9th January 2015.

GUEST SERVICES COORDINATOR

Fee: £5,250

This is an exciting opportunity to join the team in a key guest facing role leading up to the festival. You will be working across all departments ensuring all guests, including VIPs are accommodated for during their stay at Sheffield Doc/Fest. If you would like further information about this job please click here. To apply for this role please send a CV and covering letter detailing your experience and why you think you would be right for this role to maria@sidf.co.uk.

The deadline to submit applications is midnight on the 9th January 2015.

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

Fee: £4,200

This is an exciting opportunity to join the team in an essential role leading up to the festival. You will be working with the Head of Production in all aspects of production for Sheffield Doc/Fest. If you would like further information about this job please click here. To apply for this role please send a CV and covering letter detailing your experience and why you think you would be right for this role to maria@sidf.co.uk.

The deadline to submit applications is midnight on the 30th January 2015.

VIDEOTHEQUE COORDINATOR

Fee: £2,600

This is an exciting opportunity to join the team as the Videotheque Coordinator. You will be working with the Film department on developing the Videotheque, our online video platform. If you would like further information about this job please click here. To apply for this role please send a CV and covering letter detailing your experience and why you think you would be right for this role to maria@sidf.co.uk.

The deadline to submit applications is midnight on the 30th January 2015.

VENUE COORDINATORS

This is an open call for anyone who would be interested in becoming a Venue Coordinator during the week of Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015. Please send an expression of interest to maria@sidf.co.uk for more information.

Curatorial Internship

BFI, London

The BFI’s mission is to ensure that film is central to our cultural life, in particular by supporting and nurturing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences. The BFI serves a public role which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK.

The BFI combine cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, education, publishing and festivals with Lottery funding to film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research.

The successful candidate will learn how to research, develop and interpret the BFI’s collections made by BAME filmmakers. The internship will teach core curatorial skills and the intern will work across five key areas of the curatorial unit: fiction film, non-fiction film, TV, special collections and archive online. The intern will also be given the opportunity to support curators on projects from the Unlocking Film Heritage programme (especially collections of films about the lives of black British and South Asian British people) and work to ensure that diversity is embedded across the UFH programme. This internship will be based at BFI Stephen Street in Central London with occasional travel to BFI Southbank and the BFI Conservation Centre in Berkhamsted, Herts.

So if you love TV and film and want to learn from a team of specialist curators, this is a wonderful opportunity to complete a unique and fulfilling internship.

You will learn

  • Research skills
  • Curatorial skills
  • Preservation skills
  • How to handle the organisations special collections (including stills and filmmakers’ papers)
  • How to develop the BFI’s collection of films
  • How to conduct research for BAME audiences and filmmakers

Knowledge, skills, experience required

  • General knowledge of and enthusiasm for moving image history
  • Familiarity with the film and TV industries of the UK
  • Good knowledge of the representation of BAME people in British film and TV
  • Solid knowledge of British social history
  • Demonstrable writing skills, especially for non-academic, general audience
  • Great organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines

Academic requirements

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent

Applications must be made via the Creative Access website here: 
http://creativeaccess.org.uk/opportunities/curatorial-internship

The closing date for applications is Sunday 4th January 2015.

Part-time Marketing Manager

Sydenham Arts, London

£15,000 to £20,000 pro rata

Key responsibilities

  • Managing marketing activities to publicise Sydenham Arts events, including brochure, flyers, posters, press releases, website, e-newsletters and social media

  • Managing graphic design team to produce quarterly listings magazine

  • Working closely with Web manager to update SA’s online presence throughout the year

  • Managing energetic and extensive Press campaigns before and during promotion periods

  • Explore potential and viability of viral marketing for Sydenham Arts activities

  • Liaise with local businesses to sell advertising space in the quarterly brochures and secure sponsorship for projects and ongoing activities

  • Assist distribution of marketing materials

  • Management of a paid, part-time Marketing Assistant and a (mostly) voluntary marketing team, including a ‘Street team’ to distribute posters, leaflets, brochures, banners etc

Key skills & attributes

  • Marketing experience

  • Strategic knowledge of marketing techniques

  • Excellent English, both written and oral

  • Knowledge of social media

  • Knowledge of online publishing

  • Networking/people skills

  • Intermediate admin skills

  • Interest in the arts

  • Good negotiator

  • Enthusiasm, vision, drive, imagination

  • Confident, energetic, committed

  • Flexible time management

  • Organised, punctual and reliable

This is a part-time role, with flexible work schedule to be agreed by the successful candidate and Sydenham Arts Ltd. The role will be contracted on a freelance fee basis subject to the successful securing of funding. The hourly/daily rate is negotiable.

From January 2015 Sydenham Arts will stage and promote regular arts events, featuring festivals at seasonal periods. It will develop a year-round calendar of events, promoting arts activities by other groups and organisations. The Marketing Manager will lead on the promotion of all events/activities directly produced & managed by Sydenham Arts, as well as those promoted under its umbrella

Sydenham Arts Ltd (pending registered charity status), previously known as Sydenham Arts Festival Ltd, has staged six annual summer festivals from July 2009-2014. It has been successful in its four previous ACE funding applications and receives generous financial support from local businesses, the local council and the community.

Schedule

From Jan 2015, an estimated weekly commitment of 1-2 days (average), or 3-4 weekday mornings and/or afternoons and the occasional evening/weekend meeting.

To apply, please send your cover letter and CV to director@sydenhamartsfestival.co.uk

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 31st December 2014.

Creative Learning Producer

Rich Mix, London

£22,000 - £25,000 depending on experience

Rich Mix are recruiting for the role of Creative Learning Producer.

The purpose of this role is to work alongside the Head of Programming to develop a programme for young people, families and communities that Rich Mix wishes to reach. The Creative Learning Producer will be responsible for the smooth delivery of the Creative Learning events; for managing the relationships with local schools and community groups; and for working with the marketing team to ensure the Creative Learning activities are promoted fully.

The successful candidate will have a good knowledge of East London and Tower Hamlets, ideally with experience of working in the area; experience managing and organising events; a proven track record of working with young people; an up to date knowledge of Child Protection legislation; and experience working with schools.

Hours: between 28-40 per week, by agreement. 

If you are interested in applying please visit our website to download the full job description. 

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 16th January 2015.

Technical Manager

Watermans, Brentford

£25,000 to £30,000

Watermans is a fantastic arts venue, stunningly situated on the banks of the river Thames at Brentford. The venue includes a theatre, a cinema, and a new media exhibition space.  In addition Watermans runs an all-year-round programme of outdoor events, site-specific arts and participative arts workshops. We are currently looking for a dynamic highly motivated individual to join our creative team.

Responsibilities include the technical and production management of all Watermans' events and exhibitions providing technical support and advice to the programme team and ensuring the building functions at the highest possible standard. Also experience of driving a van.

For a full job description and an application form, please go to:http://www.watermans.org.uk/contact/join-the-team.aspx

Please submit completed applications via email to: angela@watermans.org.uk (tel: 020 8232 1020)

Please note Watermans cannot accept CVs without an application form.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 7th January 2015. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 13th January 2015

Communications and Events Assistant

The Arab British Centre, London

£15,000 to £20,000 per annum (depending on experience)

The Arab British Centre is an award-winning, independent, non-political, non-religious, charitable organisation which works to improve the British public’s understanding of the Arab world. The Centre organises and promotes artistic and cultural events relating to the Arab world, and hosts a regular programme of activities including Arabic calligraphy, Arabic language and Oud courses. In addition to its regular on-site activities, the Centre has worked on a number of one-off projects in external locations, including Safar, a week-long series of popular Arab cinema which took place at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London in September 2012 and 2014. In April 2013 the Arab British Centre became the first organisation to win the prestigious UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture.

The role is about promoting the richness of the Arab world to British audiences – and keeping them engaged. The Communications and Events Assistant supports the Programme Director with the successful delivery of the Arab British Centre’s programme of artistic and cultural events. You will also support the promotion of the Arab British Centre’s events and other external related events through press, marketing and social media.

You will have excellent communication skills and some experience in working with social media. You will have the ability to work well in a team but self-motivated and with good initiative. Arabic is not essential (though desirable) but you should have a sound knowledge of Arab culture and the open-mindedness and desire to continuously learn more.

To apply please send your CV with a covering letter to info@arabbritishcentre.org.uk 
(please note that CVs submitted without cover letters will not be considered).

Please note we are unable to accept applications from non-EU residents.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 9th January 2015. Interviews will take place in London in the first week of February.

Programme Director

The Arab British Centre, London

£35,000-£45,000 per annum (depending on experience)

The Arab British Centre is looking for a full-time Programme Director.

The Arab British Centre is an award-winning, independent, non-political, non-religious, charitable organisation which works to improve the British public’s understanding of the Arab world. The Centre organises and promotes artistic and cultural events relating to the Arab world, and hosts a regular programme of activities including Arabic calligraphy, Arabic language and Oud courses.

The Centre is also home to permanent and temporary collections of contemporary art, has a specialised library open to the public, and recognises those working in similar fields through its Award for Culture. In addition to its regular on-site activities, the Centre has worked on a number of one-off projects in external locations, including Safar, a week-long series of popular Arab cinema which took place at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London in September 2012 and 2014. In April 2013 the Arab British Centre became the first organisation to win the prestigious UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture.

The Programme Director is responsible for the successful delivery of all aspects of the Arab British Centre’s programme of artistic and cultural events. The postholder will oversee the promotion of the Arab British Centre’s events and other external related events through existing communication platforms.

You will have a passion for the arts and culture of the Arab world, proven experience in event management and running a small team. You will also have experience in managing budgets and communication platforms. You will have excellent administrative skills and proven experience in working in a busy environment and under pressure.

Please visit our website for the full advert and job description: www.arabbritishcentre.org.uk and to apply, send your CV with a covering letter to info@arabbritishcentre.org.uk (please note that CVs submitted without cover letters will not be considered). Please note we are unable to accept applications from non-EU residents.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 9th January 2015. Interviews will take place in London on 14th - 16th January 2015. Upon application, please confirm that you are able to attend these dates.

Board Member

The Castle, Wellingborough

The Castle (Wellingborough) Ltd is a theatre and arts centre – programming excellent, engaging and inspiring work, always working to provide something for everyone. The Castle operates two spaces for live performing arts and two spaces for visual arts. The main house presents a balanced programme of film, drama, dance, music and comedy. The studio presents smaller scale drama and dance companies and is establishing itself as the home of a vibrant jazz and music programme as well as acting as a crucible and testing ground for new projects. The gallery and exhibition wall programme a mix of local community and processional visual arts. 

The Castle aims to engage, inspire and stimulate the community and surrounding region in and through creative, cultural and artistic experiences and to ensure that it is a forward thinking, relevant and contemporary arts organisation. Building upon twenty years of foundations it celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2015.

The Castle is currently recruiting for additional Board members, to collectively and individually offer support to the strategic development principle of The Castle and to its operating environment. We are particularly keen to hear from people with a background in arts and / or creative and cultural industries.

The Castle is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. As such, The Castle is managed by voluntary trustees (who are also directors of the charity for the purposes of the Companies Act). These trustees offer their existing skills, knowledge and expertise on a voluntary basis in support of The Castle. The day to day operational activity is delegated to a team of staff led by a Chief Executive. 

The Board currently meets at least bi-monthly, on weekday evenings, at The Castle in Wellingborough.

Please contact Darren Walter, Director, for further information or an informal discussion about the role: Darren@thecastle.org.uk or telephone via the Box Office on 01933 270007.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 31st December 2014.

Operations Manager

Showroom, Sheffield

£28,000 per annum

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Showroom Workstation as a key member of the Senior Management Team.  We require an exceptional Operations Manager, someone who can work flexibly, with an entrepreneurial attitude and who has solid experience of managing and motivated staff to delivery exceptional customer service. 

We’re looking for someone who is skilled in task and organisational management and have a clear understanding of the Showroom Workstation’s role in Sheffield as a cultural venue and creative business centre.

The Operations Manager has responsibility for the front line customer service face of the organisation as well as delivering high quality events for  the business community, overseeing the kitchen, bar, cinema front of house, cinema kiosk and conferencing operations. 

If successful, you’ll be expected to deliver operations of the highest quality, driving sales and profitability for the organisation.

We welcome applications from someone who relishes a challenge; can create and develop business opportunities; who is a natural and welcoming host; who can support our ambitions for expanding our ever-improving food offer, and, ultimately who can ensure the smooth running of a much loved Independent Cinema.

Please note that we cannot consider CVs – we only shortlist from our completed application form.

The post involves the sale of alcohol so applicants must be 18 or over.

For more information and to download the job pack (which includes the application form) please visit: http://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/info/work-for-us or contact our Reception Team at reception@showroomworkstation.org.uk or on 0114 2796511.

The deadline for applications is 9am on Tuesday 13th January 2015. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 21st January 2015.

Runner

Into Film, London

£22,000

Into Film is an education charity that seeks to put film at the heart of children and young people’s learning and cultural experience.  Our ambitious UK-wide programme will provide 5-19 year olds with unparalleled opportunities to see, think, make and imagine, contributing to their educational, cultural, creative and personal development.  Into Film incorporates the legacy of two leading film education charities, First Light and FILMCLUB, and works together with a range of partners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  Into Film is supported by the BFI, together with funding from the film industry and a number of other sources.

We are looking to recruit a Runner on a fixed term basis to the end of March 2015. As a Runner you will be based at Into Film’s head office in Islington, London N1 and will be responsible for fulfilling production tasks key to the smooth running of the Content Production team, from pre-production, production, post through to final delivery. You will have video and event production experience, be comfortable working within a busy team and be interested in education, film and the film industry.

A passion and knowledge of film and experience gained in a similar administrative support role in a very busy team are essential to the role. Employment is dependent upon successful enhanced DBS disclosure, which Into Film will undertake on behalf of the appointed candidate.

Please visit our website to see the full job description and application form. To apply for the role please complete the application form and email it to hr@intofilm.org

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Wednesday 31st December 2014. Interviews will be held on Monday 12th January 2015.

Film Programme Consultant (freelance)

Chester Performs, Chester

£160 fee per day

This is an excellent opportunity to become involved in the development of a key new cinema operation in Chester, as part of the £37m RE:NEW project, opening in 2016. 

You will be helping us develop the programme and operating structure for the cinema, informing both the content and booking methods and key relationships. You will also be responsible for programming our increasingly successful outdoor wireless cinema programme Moonlight Flicks.

We are looking for an experienced freelance cinema professional who can both programme and help us develop the full time cinema offer at the new cultural centre. We are offering this role on a freelance basis with hours to suit the pattern of work throughout the year. There is further scope for this to grow as we expand our film and digital media programme, which is at an early stage of development.

For full details, and information on how to apply go to http://www.chesterperforms.com/opportunities

The deadline for applications is Monday 29th December 2014.

Community and Outreach Programme Producer

HOME, Manchester

£20,000 to £25,000

We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated Community and Outreach Programme Producer to work within our Engagement Team at Cornerhouse and HOME. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to work across theatre, film and art on a new programme for communities surrounding Manchester’s largest cultural venue, HOME - opening Spring 2015.

Further details can be found at: http://homemcr.org/about/jobs

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Fri 9th Jan 2015.

Volunteer and Work Based Training Manager

HOME, Manchester

£20,000 to £25,000

We are looking for a skilled and passionate Volunteer and Work Based Training Programme Manager to work within our Engagement Team at Cornerhouse and HOME. This is the perfect opportunity to work across theatre, film and art with diverse groups of people of all ages at Manchester’s largest cultural venue, HOME - opening Spring 2015.

Further details can be found at: http://homemcr.org/about/jobs

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Fri 9th Jan 2015.

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