Programme Advisor (Experimenta) Freelance

British Film Institute


Salary: Up to £2,250

The BFI is seeking two freelance Assistant Programme Advisors (Experitmenta) to join their team to develop the programme of the Experimenta strand for the 67th BFI London Film Festival in October 2023.

About the Role

We are seeking a new voices for the programming team who will support and work in close collaboration with the internal LFF programming team to help deliver an inventive and thoughtful programme of films that can stimulate constructive debates around international ecologies of artists’ moving image. As one of the UK’s primary platforms for single-channel work from UK and international artists and filmmakers, Experimenta showcases a diverse range of feature, mid-length and short films.

This role will involve remote viewing and then working collaboratively with our current Experimenta Programmer, with some London meetings, and presence during the Festival in order to host on-stage introductions and Q&As in October.

Role Outline
  • Contribute to the Festival’s selection of artists’ moving image work, maintaining specialist knowledge and networks.
  • Actively track completed and soon-to-be completed films from artists and filmmakers, and request screeners/make suggestions through the LFF programme team.
  • View new films submitted and second-view work recommended by other members of the Experimenta and LFF programme team for consideration.
  • Develop and maintain a collaborative working relationship with Experimenta Film Programme Advisor and Assistant Programme Advisor.
  • Feed into the Festival marketing process with ideas for editorial and press angles around the films and filmmakers in the selection, and write a short piece for the LFF website contextualising the programme.
We are looking for candidates who:
  • Minimum of two years’ relevant experience in a film programming or curatorial environment.
  • Strong knowledge of contemporary international cinema and artists’ moving image practice, with historical knowledge an advantage.
  • A self-motivated team player. Experience of successful collaborative programming is an advantage.
  • Demonstrable commitment to programming work from a diverse range of artists and under-represented voices in cinema.
  • Understanding of the UK and international film festival sector, and best practice for presentation of experimental 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.

he successful candidate will be paid a fee up to £2,250 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 Jobs and Opportunities portal.

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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