Cinema Technician

British Film Institute


Salary: £27,498 - £29,880 per annum

The BFI are seeking a Cinema Technician on a 12 month fixed term contract to join the Technical Services team. 

The Technician will work as a member of the projection and events shift team undertaking tasks in the BFI Stephen Street screening rooms, Southbank theatres and other technical areas across both sites.

Key responsibilities include:

  • As part of a team, to prepare and show a large & diverse programme of film, digital and audiovisual content across all spaces within the venue.
  • To operate theatre lighting and sound equipment on a wide variety of live events within the venue.
  • To acquire, develop and share new skills and approaches to delivering a high quality service.
  • To provide operational reports as required by management including maintenance, screening and condition reports.
  • To follow Technical Services procedures and to alert management of non-adherence by users of Technical Services.

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • Good working knowledge, and experience in the operation of digital cinema equipment, digital library systems and video projection systems.
  • Good working knowledge of all aspects of video screening media, including all video and audio codecs, video and disc formats, framerates, subtitling and aspect ratios.
  • Experience in film projection systems, theatre lighting systems, masking and tabs, theatre P.A., audio mixing and sound desks.
  • An understanding of networks and their use in a cinema environment.

A full list of responsibilities and minimum requirements can be found in the job description available on our jobs portal.

About the BFI

We are a cultural charity, a National Lottery distributor, and the UK’s lead organisation for film and the moving image. We believe society needs stories. Film, television and the moving image bring them to life, helping us connect and understand each other better. We share the stories of yesterday, search for the stories of today, and shape the stories of tomorrow.

At the BFI you’ll enjoy benefits such as excellent support for working parents, 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), tickets to BFI festivals and events plus many others.

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.


Further details about the role, the BFI and our benefits can be obtained by visiting

Please apply via our jobs portal.

The closing date for this position is 26/04/2023 at 23:59

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