Senior Film Programmer (Distribution and Training)

Independent Cinema Office


Salary: £32,000 to £34,000 (dependent on experience)

The Independent Cinema Office (ICO) is the national organisation for the support and development of the independent cinema exhibition sector in the UK. It offers film programming services to cinemas, brings films into distribution and is the main provider of events, training and advice for the independent cinema sector. It works with the main funding bodies in film exhibition, is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.

Its film programming clients include cinemas as diverse as the Watershed in Bristol, the Broadway in Nottingham and Hebden Bridge Picture House. In 2018 it released the films The Piano, Blood Simple and the Revolt, She Said touring programme amongst other titles.

It also delivers Screening Days, a national and regional showcase for cultural cinema for film societies, community cinemas and cinemas. It offers a portfolio of national and internationally renowned training programmes for exhibitors and distributors, and manages Film Hub South East which is part of the Film Audience Network (FAN) funded by the BFI.

This is a unique opportunity to join a vibrant, creative team working on a diverse range of projects and an excellent chance for someone seeking to develop their career in the independent cinema sector. We work with many different kinds of partners across the UK – cinemas, festivals, film societies; local authorities, and national bodies; distributors and education and training providers.

The ICO is a small arts organisation and the individual we are seeking must be a self-starter and have a passion and enthusiasm for cinema in all its forms. You should be both a creative thinker, with the ability to devise new programmes, and a capable project manager, with the skills to fully manage the delivery of a range of different types of touring, distribution or more specific cinema programming.

You must be willing to work hard and try your hand to anything as well as be able to prioritise your own time, be calm and unflappable, work to deadlines and contribute to the team. You must be proactive, articulate, able to use your own initiative to juggle a variety of tasks and delegate when appropriate, and be ready to undertake your own administration.

In return, we can offer responsibility, opportunities for training and development and the chance to work with a friendly, creative team working at the forefront of independent cinema exhibition in the UK.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, income or disability status. We actively encourage applications from anyone who identifies as coming from a marginalised background, and they will be encouraged to bring their experiences to their role and to foster broader understanding in the ICO team.

The ICO is based in central London near Oxford Circus.

Purpose of the post

To offer programming advice and booking services to client venues; to originate ideas for, manage the delivery and evaluation of national touring programmes and distribution projects for the ICO; to work with the ICO Training Dept to design and lead ICO Training courses; to support the training, advisory and advocacy services of the ICO to client venues, festivals, film societies and the wider exhibition sector.

A full job description and application form can be downloaded below:

Please post your completed application form to:

Independent Cinema Office (ICO)
3rd Floor Kenilworth House
79-80 Margaret Street

Please note: we do not accept CVs or emailed applications.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 30th August 2019. Interviews for the post will be held in the week commencing 2nd September 2019.

The closing date for this position is 30/08/2019 at 17:00

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