Press Officer, BFI Festivals

British Film Institute


Salary: £32,952 - £38,613 per annum

The BFI is seeking an outstanding Press Officer to join the BFI’s in-house PR team who will be pivotal in delivering the PR campaigns for the annual BFI London Film Festival and BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival and other BFI Festivals.

Fixed Term Contract: until 31 March 2025

Key responsibilities include:

  • Support the PR Manager in planning campaign activity and milestones (including key press announcements, media briefings and press launches)
  • Liaise closely with the BFI Marketing, Digital and Sponsorship teams to ensure coherent and joined up communications to press and audiences
  • Work reactively to manage a high volume of press enquiries on a day-to-day basis; being able to prioritise queries in a fast-paced environment is crucial.
  • A commitment to build our cultural drivers into every-day work and activities on a personal, team and organisational level, regularly referencing Our Cultural Handbook to inform and inspire

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • Demonstrable experience in agency or in-house press and communications environment
  • Good working knowledge of Film culture and the wider Film Industry, preferably including an understanding of Film Festivals.
  • The ability to take often complex ideas or scenarios and reveal news value.
  • Diplomatic and persuasive, articulating verbal and written arguments effectively without alienating stakeholders
  • The aptitude to carry out all activities supporting and championing our culture drivers

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 and additional paid time off at Christmas), 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 Black and Global Majority. We guarantee a first interview to our under-represented groups who meet our minimum requirements.

Further information

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

First interviews will be held on: Wednesday, 8 May 2024

Second interviews will be held on: Tuesday, 14 May 2024

The closing date for this position is 29/04/2024 at 23:59

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