Festival Director

London Short Film Festival


Salary: £45,000 pro rata per annum

Approaching its 18th edition in 2021, London Short Film Festival is now seeking a professional, creative leader to take LSFF’s vision and support for short form, inclusivity and dynamic events forwards.

The chosen candidate will be instrumental in bringing strategic ideas and creative vision to all LSFF activity, bringing these to fruition via funding and partner relationships, whilst leading and inspiring the LSFF team.

Candidates must have proven fundraising capabilities, excellent multi-tasking skills and a love of short and experimental film and a broader interest in art and culture. We support flexible working locations and hours, and welcome applications from groups under-represented in LSFF – particularly those identifying as BAME, LGBTQI+ and disabled.

Key responsibilities:
You will lead and work closely with the core LSFF team to develop and put in place robust planning and processes for LSFF 2021 and beyond. Managing funding relationships and applications, sponsorship proposals, and ongoing strategic planning are key to the role, as is maintaining relationships with venues, supporters and partners.
Day-to-day you will oversee all staff, programming, recruitment processes and planning across the entire festival structure, as well as taking responsibility for budgeting and financial management.

Person specification:


  • Experience of writing successful funding applications, taking them from conception to reporting
  • Experience of developing and securing sponsorship deals
  • Experience of mentoring and supporting staff
  • Able to work effectively as part of a small team and individually
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience of financial management and budgeting
  • Considerable knowledge of and interest in film and culture
  • Experience in overseeing the delivery of complex projects
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusivity, and ensuring this is considered across projects
  • Ability to find proactive, creative solutions to problems
  • Able to effectively multi-task and work well under pressure
  • Able to take accountability and ownership of complex situations
  • Previous experience of working within a film or arts festival
  • Knowledge of UK & International film exhibition, venues and festivals
  • Experience of audience development strategy and execution


  • Programming experience
  • Understanding of technical processes associated with film exhibition
  • Existing film, venue and cultural partner contacts

If you would like to discuss this role further before you make an application, please contact sarah@shortfilms.org.uk.

Please send a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for the role in relation to the person specification to Sarah Chorley on sarah@shortfilms.org.uk.

The closing date for this position is 07/04/2020 at 13:00

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