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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Digital Designer

Picturehouse Cinemas, London

£29,000 to £34,000 dependent on experience

Picturehouse Cinemas operate 21 cinemas across the UK, releases around six films per year, distributes alternative content to cinemas around the world and is a stand-alone division of Cineworld PLC.

Picturehouse is now looking for an enthusiastic, self-sufficient and proactive film-loving designer to join our friendly team based in central London.

Please note there is a requirement to work 40 hours per week.

For a full person specification and job details, click here.

To apply for this position please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@picturehouses.co.uk with “Digital Designer” in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is Friday 8th May 2015.

Festival Volunteers

Canterbury University Film Festival, Canterbury

Unpaid

A great opportunity to boost your CV with involvement in an exciting event.

Be part of Canterbury's first, city-wide Student Film Festival!

We are looking for lively, enthusiastic volunteers to be the face of the festival. You will be front of house, greeting guests, showing them to their seats and ensuring the smooth running of the event. Roles will vary from bar staff to ticket handling.

For more details including how to apply, click here.

The closing date for applications is Monday 18th May 2015.

Marketing Manager

UP Projects, London

Approx. £27,000 per annum pro rata

Temporary contract, part-time (freelance) |  May-September 2015  

Working closely with the Project Curator and Creative Producer, this new role will play a key part in raising UP Projects’ profile and supporting the organisation to successfully achieve audience and press targets across its summer 2015 public programmes, including delivering The Floating Cinema ‘On Tour’ Marketing Strategy and developing and delivering the Floating Cinema London Marketing and Press Strategy.

UP Projects curates, commissions and produces contemporary art that explores heritage, identity and place, engaging citizens of London, the UK and across the globe. We believe in the power of art to transform communities and enrich the wider public realm. 

The Floating Cinema is a mobile multifunctional arts space, bringing an innovative programme of film screenings, participatory events, workshops and talks to unexpected locations across the canals and waterways of London and further afield. Launched in 2011, the Floating Cinema has gained a reputation as one of London’s cultural highlights, bringing the innovative and the unexpected to a multitude of locations across the city. 

In summer 2015, the Floating Cinema embarks on its first tour outside of London supported by Arts Council England, the BFI awarding funds from the National Lottery and Canal & River Trust. The Tour, which will start from Brentford, travelling along the Kennet & Avon Canal across Wiltshire and through Bath and to Bristol and back, will present a programme of film from national and local archives about the people and places the boat will visit along the tour, alongside a project delivered by a newly commissioned artist in residence that will create a work in response to the route which will be presented on the return journey.

For the full job description and details of how to apply, click here.   

The deadline for applications is 9am on Wednesday 6th May 2015.

Operations Manager

The Drum, Birmingham

£20,000 to £24,000 per annum

The Drum Intercultural Arts Centre is a unique venue in the heart of the country that is committed to celebrating the diversity, challenges and vibrancy of all our different cultures that make up the UK today.

The Drum receives ongoing financial support from Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council and has recentlybeen successful in achieving Arts Council England National Portfolio Status ensuring our funding for another three years. The Drum has also embarked upon an ambitious £4.8 million pound capital project called ‘Raising the Roof’, which will enable us to grow and flourish.

We are seeking highly skilled and motivated individuals to join our staff team to support our ambitious and exciting programme of activities in this very exciting time for The Drum.

Operations Manager

This role requires a highly professional individual to work with the Head of Executive and Operations to effectively manage The Drum’s premises and Operations team, ensure health and safety compliance, duty manage events and ensure a high quality customer focused service is provided. 

You will need to have substantial experience of premises management, health and safety, managing and supporting staff, be computer literate, have excellent planning and communication skills, along with the ability to deal with a wide range of people in a busy and pressurised environment.

To read more and download an application pack visit www.the-drum.org.uk/join-our-team

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 5th May 2015.

Development Officer

Arts Council of Wales, Cardiff

£23,185 to £31,072 per annum

Wales Arts International is the international arm of the Arts Council of Wales. It encourages and supports international collaboration, by identifying and developing creative opportunities. The Development Officers in the team deliver the implementation of our international policy priorities through a schedule of projects, programmes and developmental activity. www.wai.org.uk/index

Development Officers in Wales Arts International work within the broader Arts Development Team. The emphasis, however, is on the provision of expertise in international arts matters. 

An important aspect of the role is gathering and communicating international intelligence and opportunities to the arts sector in Wales to encourage international dialogue, collaboration and exchange.   

The International Development Officer will also identify and communicate funding and investment opportunities, and encourage or organise promotional initiatives that market or showcase international activity. We are looking for candidates who are particularly interested and equipped to lead on our current work on international support for music, as well as lead responsibility for literature within the Art Council’s wider brief. 

The successful candidate will have: a passion for the arts; the creative ability to manage and implement initiatives that advance WAI and the Arts Council’s international priorities; advanced IT and administrative skills; proven experience of project management; be outcome orientated, with the ability to work under pressure (often internationally) and the determination to drive tasks through to practical completion. The ability to be a credible and persuasive advocate will be essential to build and maintain relationships both internally and externally. Excellent spoken and written communication skills are needed.

Fluency in Welsh (both written and spoken) is desirable for this post and the ability to speak other languages is desirable.

Our benefits include flexible working hours/pattern and a pension scheme. We work in both English and Welsh. For further details and an application form, please contact 02920 441 372 or visit www.artswales.org.uk/about-us/jobs

The closing date for applications is Friday 8th May 2015.

Team Co-ordinator

Arts Council of Wales, Cardiff

£19,752 to £24,004 per annum

37 hours per week | Maternity Cover - 6 month initial contract (with a possibility of extension)

The Arts Council of Wales is the country’s funding and development agency for the Arts.

The Team Co-ordinator within the Arts Development Team at the Arts Council of Wales is responsible for handling the day to day support to Portfolio Managers and Arts Development Officers, organising meetings, maintaining records and minutes. This post acts as essential liaison with our National Advisers, co-ordinating activity in this area. The post holder is involved in the organisation and minuting and other administration involved in managing our grant decision meetings and their outcomes. The post also offers a support role in special project work of the Arts Council of Wales.

The successful candidate will have proven experience in a similar supportive administrative role, demanding organisational aptitudes and the skills involved in the smooth delivery of administrative support adding value to the effectiveness and efficiency of our organisation. The role demands proficient IT and administrative skills and excellent interpersonal aptitudes.

The ability to work on your own initiative and prioritise, working effectively under pressure is essential along with good communication skills and a commitment to high standards of customer care.

Fluency in Welsh (both written and spoken) is desirable but not essential for this post.

Our benefits include flexible working hours/pattern, generous holidays and a pension scheme.

For further details and an application form, please contact 02920 441 372 or visit www.artswales.org.uk/about-us/jobs

The closing date for applications is Friday 8th May 2015.

Deputy Development Director

HOME, Manchester

£35,000

HOME is now seeking a Deputy Development Director.

You will have a proven record of successful fundraising. You will be an excellent communicator, able to engage and motivate supporters from diverse backgrounds, and be capable of explaining and communicating HOME’s vision clearly and succinctly to a variety of potential funders.

You will be experienced at designing and delivering fundraising campaigns with corporate supporters, trusts and foundations and with individuals managing these from inception to detailed delivery. You will have a track record of developing quality stewardship programmers for donors and supporters.

You will be a creative and highly motivated individual, who is organised, efficient and can confidently manage and motivate staff, volunteers and trustees to achieve real and sustainable success.

To download a job pack and application form please visit http://homemcr.org/jobs/jobs/deputy-development-director

The deadline for application is noon on Monday 18th May 2015.

Projectionists

Soho Farmhouse, Chipping Norton

Soho Farmhouse… 100 acres. 90 minutes from London. 40 cabins in different sizes and styles, seven-bedroom Farmhouse, four-bedroom cottage. Boathouse with outdoor and indoor pools. Main Barn for eating and drinking. Teeny Barn and Camp. Cowshed Spa. Josh Wood at Farmhouse, Steam and Sauna Island. Mill Room. Farm Shack. Gym & studio. Five-a-side football pitch. Two floodlit astro tennis courts. Winter Ice rink. Crazy golf. Stables. Cookhouse. Farm Shop & Deli. The Store. Orchard. Electric Barn - 45–seat state of the art cinema.

Soho Farmhouse is looking for one full-time projectionist and one part-time projectionist to run the Electric Barn, our purpose built, 45-seat cinema. The cinema will be in operation 7 days a week for members screenings and private hire. The cinema is fully digital with 3D and satellite capabilities. In addition candidates will be assisting in AV/IT set ups across the Farmhouse estate. 

Candidates should be conversant in all forms of film and video formats, be able to work well within a team, liaise with clients, flexible and with a readiness to be completely hands-on.

If you are interested and would like to be considered for this role, please email your CV to Sarah Mellor at sarah.mellor@sohohouse.com.

The closing date for applications is Friday 15th May 2015.

Business Affairs Coordinator

Hanway Films, London

Salary dependent on experience

Hanway Films is an international film sales and distribution company. We are now seeking to recruit a highly organised person to support our busy legal and business affairs and sales departments. As a member of a close-knit team you will have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of international film sales and distribution as well as financing and production.

The role involves administrative tasks as well as daily interaction with our international distributors, producers and financiers. Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing execution and circulation of contractual documentation, certificates and tax forms;
  • Management and coordination of revenue collections;
  • Filing and review of distribution and royalty reports;
  • Third party reporting and database management.

Required qualifications and skills:

  • Eligible to work in the UK and educated to degree level;
  • Excellent communication skills and a personable style;
  • Strong numeracy skills;
  • A basic understanding of copyright and licensing;
  • The ability to extract information from contract documents;
  • Calm and methodical approach when faced with unfamiliar problems;
  • Excellent problem solving skills and the ability to process large volumes of information with great attention to detail;
  • Ability to handle confidential information with complete discretion.

While a legal qualification is not a requirement we expect that you have a strong interest in the law and the film business and the ambition to progress in this area.

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to jobs@hanwayfilms.com quoting your name and "Business Affairs Coordinator Vacancy" in the subject line of the email.

The deadline for applications is Friday 8th May 2015.

Technical Manager

Hackney Picturehouse, London

£23,000

Hackney Picturehouse is an established venue in the heart of Hackney. Thanks to its atmospheric spaces and popular membership scheme, the venue has quickly attracted a loyal following to its cinemas, café-bar and the “Hackney Attic” events space.

In addition to a diverse programme of films, ranging from quality blockbusters to independent, classic, foreign-language and art-house, Hackney also include a range of documentaries in their programming. The cinema also shows live HD broadcasts of productions from world-class arts venues, such as the New York Metropolitan Opera and the Bolshoi Ballet, theatre productions such as the Royal Shakespeare Company Live from Stratford-upon-Avon and National Theatre Live, art exhibitions and filmmaker Q&As.

In all areas, the very highest standards of presentation will need to be maintained at all times.

The successful candidate will have at least 4 years’ experience working as a Chief Projectionist or Technical Manager with experience of running a large D-Cinema operation which has rapid turnover of content.

You should also be experienced in the preparation, presentation and dispatch of 35mm film prints.

Hackney Picturehouse is the host venue for various festivals and live events – such as Director Q&As –you should be comfortable providing technical support for these, running the show, liaising with festival organisers, outside contractors, and dealing with talent.

Experience of managing a team is desirable as is shift management and scheduling. It is also expected that you will help to ensure that the rest of the management team have the skills required to assist you in running the day to day programme – i.e. receiving and ingesting DCP content and KDMs, building shows in Screenwriter and so on.

Please note there is a requirement to work 40 hours over any of the seven days with regular work at evenings and weekends.

To apply for this position please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@picturehouses.co.uk with “Technical Manager, Hackney” in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is Friday 1st May 2015.

Projectionist

Soho House, London

Soho House London is looking for a part-time projectionist to assist with running of the existing 27 seat screening room in Greek Street and our new 45-seat, state of the art screening room with 4K digital projection capabilities, Dolby Atmos and more, on Dean Street.

The screening rooms screen to Soho House members 5 days a week, and are also available for private hire. Both cinemas are fully digital with 3D capabilities, as such the position requires a wide range of skills including knowledge and experience in all forms of film and video formats; AV/IT knowledge and experience is preferred as well as the ability to work with different computer systems and processes. 

Candidates should be able to work well within a team, liaise with clients, flexible and with a readiness to be completely hands-on. As a part-timer, candidates will be required to work a minimum of 20 hours a week across both sites.

If you are interested and would like to be considered for this role, please email your CV to Zsolt Grabler, Technical Manager at Soho House: zsolt@sohohouse.com

The deadline for applications is Friday 8th May 2015.

Learning Coordinator

MK Gallery, Milton Keynes

£20,000 to £25,000 pro rata

MK Gallery is embarking on an exciting £10 million project to extend the Gallery enabling it to build audiences and to respond to the cultural needs of the city and beyond.  

We currently seek a creative individual with excellent communication and organisational skills, energy and ideas to make an important contribution to our learning programme as we move towards this exciting new phase of development.  

Working closely with the Head of Learning you will be responsible for devising and delivering MK Gallery’s learning programme with a focus on childhood development.  You will develop events, activities, projects and interpretative materials in an informal and formal context that enables children aged 6 – 11 years and their parents, carers, families and schools to engage with the visual arts and the Gallery’s artistic programme.

For further information and to download an application pack visit www.mkgallery.org/information/jobs

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 11th May 2015.

Cinema Volunteers

Deptford Cinema, London

Volunteers sought for brand new independent cinema!

Deptford Cinema is a new, entirely volunteer-run community cinema and the borough of Lewisham's only permanent cinema. We have recently started programming events and are looking for more volunteers to help run (or indeed organise) events. Duties consist of basic bar and door duties, and possibly some technical help with setting up projection and sound equipment if you're so inclined. No experience necessary, we will show you around and make sure you know everything you need to.

Benefits include:

  • Involvement with a great organisation where you'll meet lots of interesting people
  • Half price drinks while you're on duty
  • Good experience for your CV

Hours are flexible, with most events taking place in the evening and you can volunteer as often as you like; there is no minimum commitment.

The best way to get involved is to come along to one of our Sunday meetings (every Sunday at 4pm at the cinema) or you can e-mail info@deptfordcinema.org or see our website www.deptfordcinema.org for more information.

Food & Beverages Duty Manager

Picturehouse Cinemas, London

£9.99 per hour plus bonus opportunities

Picturehouse Central, a 1050 seat, 7 screen cinema on Shaftesbury Avenue near Piccadilly Circus is due to open summer 2015.

Both café-bars and the Members Bar are an integral part of the experience here and as our flagship West End cinema, the very highest standards of customer/food service and presentation will need to be maintained at all times.

Assisting with premiers and filmmaker events will be an important part of the job and the successful candidate will have experience of working with or assisting in the complexities of planning and hosting such events.

We are looking for experienced and enthusiastic F&B professionals who can bring passion, innovation and the Picturehouse way of working to this exciting new venture.

Flexible working hours are available (part-time or full-time) and this can be discussed during the recruitment process. Please note there is a requirement to work over any of the seven days with regular work at evenings and weekends.

To apply for this position please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@picturehouses.co.uk with “F&B Duty Manager, Central” in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 5th May 2015.

Steering Group members

Film Hub North West Central, North West

Film Hub North West Central (NWC) is inviting applications from those wishing to join its Steering Group. We are inviting experienced individuals who represent a range of organisations from across our region to be part of our Steering Group. Highly experienced freelance individuals are also welcome to apply.

The group will represent the interests of the region’s Hub members, make decisions on future strategy (in consultation with the Film Hub NWC Management Team) and be an advocate for the Film Audience Network.

The Steering Group will be representative of our region and will include an individual from outside of the film sector. We wish our Steering Group to be representative of the diversity of our Hub Members and will consider individuals from all range and size of organisation.

Members would be expected to attend four meetings per year (nominally one per quarter).

For more details on how to apply please visit http://filmhubnwc.org/news/join-our-hub-steering-group

The deadline for applications is Friday 15th May 2015.

Participation Coordinator

The Bluecoat, Liverpool

£14,500 to £16,500 pro rata

The Bluecoat is Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, with a year round programme of exhibitions and a range of music, dance, literature, live art and heritage events. As conservators of a rich history and incredible building, the oldest in Liverpool city centre, we are home to around 30 creative industries including artists, graphic designers, small arts organisations, craftspeople and retailers.

We receive more than 600,000 visits annually from a diverse range of visitors. Our focus is on inviting everyone in to engage with current artistic practice, exciting contemporary work and the creators behind it through a full programme of engagement opportunities.

We are building our team to create a unique arts centre which links all activities; where the public’s enjoyment of the building links seamlessly with the arts, heritage, retail and hospitality to create exceptional arts experiences.

This role will support the planning and implementation of The Bluecoat's participation programme through a combination of project coordination and direct delivery of activities with targeted groups and the public both onsite and in community settings through outreach projects.

We are seeking an enthusiastic individual with good communication and organisation skills and experience of facilitating high quality creative activities.

A genuine commitment to making the contemporary arts accessible is vital. 

For more details including how to apply, please visit www.thebluecoat.org.uk/content/participation-coordinator

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 3rd May 2015.

Board Member

Creative Scotland, Edinburgh

Creative Scotland is the public body responsible for supporting the arts, screen and creative industries across Scotland. We distribute funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. We also influence attitudes, behaviours and policies that help creative people  to thrive. Our goal is to unlock potential and embrace ambition throughout Scotland’s creative community.

We are looking for new members to join our Board - the group responsible for overseeing and challenging the work we do. You do not need previous experience of serving on a board. With professional experience in Scotland’s creative sector, your insight could make you an ideal candidate. We particularly need people who will bring to the Board a practical knowledge of the creative sector  in Scotland, with an understanding of how Scottish arts can progress internationally. We are also looking for people with a particular knowledge or understanding of ethnic minority communities, as this will help us ensure our work reflects a diverse nation.

In addition to passion for the arts, we expect you to demonstrate a range of personal qualities and skills. A collaborative individual with excellent listening and communication skills, you have the confidence to challenge and debate proposals and issues in a constructive way. Comfortable considering the ‘big picture’ and thinking long-term, you are also able to balance various considerations and make informed decisions.

In the interests of achieving a balanced and representative Board applications are particularly welcome  from people currently under represented on Scotland’s public bodies such as women, disabled people and people aged under 50.

For details of how to apply, click here.

The deadline for applications is Monday 4th May 2015.

Duty Manager

Showroom, Sheffield

£17,425 pa to increase to £17,773 upon successful completion of probationary period

Showroom / Workstation is an integrated media arts complex operating a café/bar, conference and events facilities, four-screen cinema and creative industries managed workspace. We are seeking a flexible and enthusiastic Duty Manager with experience of managing and motivating customer service staff and of dealing with the general public on a regular basis in a public venue.

This post holder will have operational responsibility for the entire Front of House at the cinema and café/bar and events held in the Workstation. This will include all matters relating to quality of customer service, public safety, staffing and purchasing. The post holder will also be responsible for supervising the operational delivery of events, festivals and conferences. The post holder will work as part of a team of three Duty managers and three Assistant Duty Managers. The post has specific responsibilities to lead on matters relating to the café and bar operation.

Please note this role involves the sale of alcohol meaning that applicants must be 18 or over.

Please note that we cannot consider CVs; you must apply by completing the application form contained within the job pack.

For more information and application form please visit: www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/info/work-for-us or contact our Reception Team: reception@showroomworkstation.org.uk | 0114 279 6511

The deadline for applications is Monday 27th April 2015.

Festival volunteers

Sheffield Doc/Fest, Sheffield

Sheffield Doc/Fest is Europe's premier documentary festival, conference and marketplace, attracting the biggest names in documentary from all over the world. Sheffield Doc/Fest celebrates the art and business of documentary making by bringing together the international documentary family together for six intense days in June.

As a result of this every year the Festival recruits a huge team of volunteers, without whom it wouldn't be possible to pull off the internationally recognised event.

If you are hard-working and enthusiastic, interested in the wonderful world of film and TV or are simply interested in working behind-the-scenes at a world-class, international festival, then Sheffield Doc/Fest wants  you!

There are a number of roles available including Q&A Wrangler, Events Crew, Film Crew, Social Media Assistants, Marketplace Assistants, and many more.

Find out more and apply to volunteer: http://bit.ly/VolunteerAtSheffDocFest

Festival Volunteers

XpoNorth, Inverness

The annual Inverness-based XpoNorth festival (until last year known as goNORTH), is Scotland's leading creative industries festival. A hot-bed of creative activity, XpoNorth takes place over two exciting and energising days and nights in the Highland capital of Inverness. The only festival of its kind in Scotland covering fashion and crafts, publishing, screen and broadcast as well as music and film (see last year's film programme here), XpoNorth is a unique event in the UK's cultural calendar.

If you have an interest in the creative industries, are studying a related course or just generally want to get involved in a bustling and buzzing event then we are looking for a team of volunteers to help out on our annual two day festival on the 10th & 11th June in Inverness.

This is a great opportunity to learn about and support a live event, meet industry professionals, get experience for your career in the industry, gain work experience for your CV and be part of something that isgrowing year on year. It’s also a lot of fun!

We have a number of different areas that you can get involved in and will endeavour to place you in a role that you are interested in. 

Read the full volunteer pack and application details here.

The deadline for applications is Monday 4th May 2015.

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