Programme Lead (Currents and Spotlight)

Glasgow Short Film Festival


Salary: £7,200 fixed fee

Glasgow Short Film Festival is looking for an experienced freelance programmer/curator to bring their vision to the non-competitive Currents and Spotlight sections as Programme Lead for the 2025 edition.

About the role

The Programme Lead (Currents and Spotlight) will work with the Festival Director and Programme Manager to devise themes, strands and filmmaker focuses to explore in 2025. Curation will be shared between the Programme Lead, external curators and other members of the team; the Programme Lead will be responsible for coordinating these sections, supported administratively by the Programme Manager.

A programme budget will be agreed with the Festival Director, and the Programme Lead will be responsible for identifying potential funding sources for any activity they wish to deliver outwith the scope of the budget. The Festival Director will work with them to submit funding applications.

The Programme Lead may also be required to represent GSFF at one or more international festivals, if their attendance is considered useful for delivery of the GSFF programme. In this event all expenses will be covered.

During the festival week the Programme Lead will deliver programme introductions and Q&As in addition to guest hosting duties and supporting the festival team in event delivery. After the festival they will be required to deliver a post-event report, alongside other project completion/handover tasks.

We can provide desk space in our central Glasgow office, however we also welcome international applications working remotely. The Programme Lead must be in Glasgow during the festival dates – if required accommodation and reasonable travel expenses will be covered.

Glasgow Short Film Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are an inclusive organisation and do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, sex, race, religion or belief, gender reassignment, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We actively encourage applications from candidates from under-represented groups.

Before applying, please read more background and information on the role on our website.


Approx 45 days between mid-July 2024 and mid-April 2025, flexible working days but must include festival dates 19-23 March 2025.


To apply, send a one page covering letter and CV to by 5pm on 21 June 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview online during the first week of July.

If you have any questions about the role or special requirements to enable an application, please contact:

The closing date for this position is 21/06/2024 at 17:00

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