Project Manager

Manchester Indian Film Festival


Salary: £4000 fee

Manchester Indian Film Festival is looking for a Project Manager for our June-July Festival.

London Indian Film Festival Ltd (LIFF), with Manchester Indian Film Festival (MIFF) and Birmingham Indian Film Festival (BIFF) are together UK and Europe’s largest Indian film festivals.

We also premiere Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Nepali and Sri Lankan films and British Asian films. Over the last 11 years, we have garnered a reputation as the ‘punk rock of Indian film festivals’, presenting a cutting edge selection of the very best new independent cinema from the Indian subcontinent. We opened last year in Manchester and in spite of covid challenges, the festival was well received by local communities, especially women’s groups.

The role

Contract: February – July 2022 // part-time, flexible and remote working

The Manchester Project Manager will be expected to:

  • To liaise with the Festival Producer to develop a plan for the scheduling of the Manchester festival and monitor this plan in terms of delivery;
  • To initiate discussions and relationships with existing and new venue partners in Manchester and liaise with these partners on the organisation of the festival through to delivery of the festival;
  • To secure screening permissions/certifications for the festival from Council in good time before tickets go on sale;
  • To develop and sustain ongoing relationships with targeted communities and identify new community partners;
  • To work with the festival’s central Marketing and Manchester based PR consultant to help in the successful delivery of the festival’s marketing objectives especially with regards to the interface between the venues and the Festival’s marketing/PR team;
  • To ensure that the reputation of the festival is upheld in terms of high-quality delivery and clear communication with partners, ensuring future goodwill;
  • To attend regular meetings of the core festival team (mainly by zoom and occasionally in person);
  • To present any expense claims in a clear manner with receipts attached, no later than one month after the festival end date;
  • To report to the Festival Producer any issues or problems with partners in a timely manner;
  • To undertake any other reasonable responsibilities with regards to this role.
Person specification
  • At least 12 months proven Project Management experience working within a cinema, film festival or other cultural venues.
  • Must be based in the Manchester catchment area.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as high-level interpersonal skills.
  • A self-starter with organisational and administrative skills including numeracy, literacy and fluency with office IT.
  • High attention to detail, can manage own work-flow, and confidential or sensitive information. Can work flexibly by managing the changing task priorities and problem shoot.
  • Proven Budget management experience, maintaining updating spend via an excel spreadsheet.
  • Demonstrated ability and tools to organise workload, use electronic communication systems and email, plus manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • An energetic approach to and understanding of the need for communication with a wide range of partners, stakeholders, teams and internal and external colleagues.
  • Proven passion for film exhibition and moving image.
  • Can work evenings and weekends as part of the job role commitment.
  • Awareness of South Asian culture/film culture is an advantage, but not essential.
  • Awareness of UK South Asian minority communities eg. Deaf, LGBTQIA+, language groups, an advantage, but not essential.
To apply

Please send a CV and cover letter at:

The closing date for this position is 10/03/2022 at 23:59

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