Assistant Programme Advisor (Experimenta) Freelance

British Film Institute


Salary: Up to £1,500

The BFI is seeking a freelance Assistant Programme Advisor (Experitmenta) to join their Festivals team to develop the programme of the Experimenta strand for the 67th BFI London Film Festival in October 2023.

About the Role

We are actively seeking applications for this new freelance position to encourage and develop new curatorial voices with a passion in experimental cinema and artists’ moving image. As one of the UK’s primary platforms for single-channel work from UK and international artists and filmmakers, Experimenta showcases a diverse range of feature, mid-length and short films.

This role focuses on viewing new films submitted to the LFF and second-view work recommended by other members of the LFF programme team for consideration.

Role Outline
  • View new films submitted to the festival and write notes on all work viewed (a maximum of 150 short films) and second-view and discuss films recommended by colleagues.
  • Attend fortnightly programming meetings with the Experimenta programming team (most in June – July).
  • Contribute original ideas to considered by the programming team and critically engage in programming meetings.
  • Be an active participant during the Festival (introductions, hosting Q&As and other live events are not required but encouraged).
  • Participate in Festival evaluation and de-briefs.
We are looking for candidates who:
  • A demonstrable interest in Experimental cinema/aritists’s moving image, both contemporary and historical.
  • Experience contributing to a film festival or gallery/visual art events.
  • A self-motivated team player. Experience of successful collaborative programming is an advantage.
  • Ability to engage in discussion around films, to articulate a film’s qualities, flaws and potential audience, beyond the realm of personal taste.
  • Demonstrable commitment to addressing 16-30 year old and ethnically diverse audiences, and a commitment to inclusion more broadly.

The successful candidate will be paid a fee up to £1,500 for work completed towards the project. Payments will be agreed against set objectives throughout the course of the contract.

We support diversity and inclusion, and as an organisation recognise that we need to address under representation within our teams. As such we strongly welcome and encourage applicants from our under-represented groups; who identify as D/deaf and disabled and/or are ethnically diverse.

We guarantee a first interview to our under-represented groups who meet our minimum requirements. How we are doing, including our pay gaps can be found on our website.


Further details about the post can be obtained by by visiting the BFI website.

Interviews will be held on Friday 10 and Monday 13 March 2023

The closing date for this position is 03/03/2023 at 23:59

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