Programme & Guest Coordinator

Open City Documentary Festival


Salary: £120 day rate

Open City Documentary Festival is currently looking for a Programme & Guest Coordinator to join their team ahead of their tenth edition. The role will support the Director of Film Programme with programme research, tracking and communications with filmmakers, sales agents and rights holders for the 2020 festival.

The role is admin based but you will have the opportunity to contribute to the programme through viewing assigned films and providing reports to the Director of Film Programme. The successful candidate will also be responsible for guest coordination, working with the Festival Producer to coordinate travel, accommodation and other required logistics for around 50 visiting filmmakers and special guests. Acting as the liaison for external stakeholders including filmmakers, special guests and partners, the successful candidate will be a key member of the small but dedicated core festival team.

Open City Documentary Festival is an annual London based festival celebrating the art of non-fiction. Creating an open space to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers, the festival will host its tenth edition in September 2020. As an organisation, we aim to challenge and expand the idea of documentary in all its forms and provide a platform for emerging talent as well as established masters working within the non-fiction space. Over 5,000 people attended the 2019 festival to enjoy a carefully curated programme of international contemporary and retrospective non-fiction film, audio and cross media, as well as filmmaker Q&As, industry panels, workshops, networking and parties. The festival also hosts Assembly, a project-based development lab for international filmmakers working on their first or second feature. The festival is one half of the Open City Docs organisation which also houses the Open City Docs School.

Person Specification


  • Two years experience of working within the international documentary industry ie. in a film festival environment or related cultural organisation
  • Understanding of international non-fiction film industry landscape
  • Experience of liaising with filmmakers and artists
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, with proven ability to liaise effectively within teams and with external clients and partners
  • Experience of working on the administrative side of large scale projects
  • Strong attention to detail


  • Programme research experience within international film festival or equivalent context
  • Experience within a guest services department in a film or arts context
  • Familiar with FileMaker Pro or equivalent database software.

For more information on the role and details on the application process, click here.

The closing date for this position is 12/11/2019 at 17:00

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