Assistant Programme Advisor (Short Film) Freelance

British Film Institute


Salary: Up to £1,500

The BFI Festivals team is seeking two freelance Assistant Programme Advisors for Short Film to first view films submitted to 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 for short films.

This role will make recommendations to the Festival’s Short Film Programme Advisors who work together to curate programmes which embrace the form’s creative diversity, and showcase great short films from established and new talent. The Festival programmes approximately 60 films each year, with roughly half of the work coming from the UK.

Role Outline
  • View a maximum of 250 new films submitted and recommend shorts for further consideration on the basis of distinctiveness of voice, vision and successful execution of chosen formal style.
  • Write viewing notes and where required discuss films with others in the Short Film Programming team.
  • Participate in Festival evaluation and de-briefs.
  • Be an ambassador of the Festival with rights holders and filmmakers and champion of the films in public, to press, and with venue partners and maintain a professional approach at all times.
We are looking for candidates who:
  • Some experience in a film festival or related cultural environment.
  • Demonstrably strong passion for short films and some awareness of cultural and political sensitivities around programming and presenting films in Festivals.
  • Commitment to the presentation of work from a diverse range of filmmakers and under-represented voices in cinema.
  • Proven ability to engage in discussion around films, to articulate a film’s qualities, flaws and potential audience, beyond the realm of personal taste.
  • Commitment to addressing 16-30 year old and ethnically diverse audiences, and a commitment to inclusion more broadly.
  • Understanding of the importance of time management, and ability to view and assess a high number of films within a finite amount of time, in a deadline-oriented environment.

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 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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