Film Booker

British Film Institute


Salary: £31,293 - £36,774 per annum (pro-rata)

The BFI is seeking a Film Booker to join their Distribution & Programme Operations department.

About the role

Fixed Term Contract: until 30 September 2023 (there is a possibility this may be extended)
Hours: Part-time, 3 days a week (24.6 hours)

The Film Booker is responsible for making bookings on BFI collections within the UK and internationally, to promote titles from BFI collections and to represent the BFI at screenings and programmer’s meetings.

Key responsibilities include:
  • To administer all aspects of the bookings process, including advising customers on film & TV holdings, negotiating terms, invoicing, shipping (in liaison with Despatch Manager), researching copyright clearance where unknown.
  • To promote titles from BFI collections pro-actively to bookers, recommending programming alternatives and strategies.
  • To advise exhibitors on the technical aspects of film (analogue, on-line and digital), including formats, ratios, running speeds, film handling.
  • To maintain excellent customer relations and to identify and promote new business in both the theatrical and non-theatrical sectors.
We are looking for candidates who have:
  • Degree or equivalent, or with relevant experience
  • Proven experience in theatrical and non-theatrical film distribution particularly cultural and/or Archive film, with good knowledge of standard industry practice and film copyright clearance
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the full range of UK and international exhibitors, including festivals (general and specialist) and non-traditional spaces
  • Good communication (oral and written), administrative, presentation and negotiation skills, with the ability to deal effectively with people at all levels
  • Knowledge of the technical aspects of film (both analogue and digital)

A full list of responsibilities and minimum requirements can be found in the job description.

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 reading the job description.

First interviews will be held on 17 or 18 August 2023

The closing date for this position is 11/08/2023 at 23:59

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