We Are Hiring!
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Programmers & Screeners, Operational Coordinator
Employment Status: Regular, 1.0 FTE Exempt
Benefits: PTO and paid holidays, health care reimbursement
Schedule: Year-Round, 1.0 FTE
Position Summary: The Director of Programming is the signature position with Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF). Through the curation of films, this person presents the style and sensibility for the organization. This is an exciting and dynamic position. Over the past several years, AIFF has expanded its programming to encompass year-round offerings and educational courses. Working with a team of staff, contractors and volunteers, the Director of Programming oversees both the content and smooth operations for several events.
Spring Film Festival: A five-day live film festival hosted in Ashland in April is AIFF’s centerpiece event. Entering its 21st year, the festival is extremely popular with emerging directors. The festival presents more than 100 films, and attracts more than 7000 attendees. The films are a mix of invitations from notable festivals like Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto, as well as a curated selection from more than 1000 entries. An important part of the Director of Programming’s responsibilities is selecting “honorees” for various recognitions and appearances at the festival. As well, this position is responsible for designing and organizing various panel discussions, “Talk Backs,” and Q&As to accompany film presentations.
World Film Week(s): Each September, AIFF presents a dozen-plus international films. The Director of Programming selects these films, and manages the logistics to present them at the historic Varsity Theatre in downtown Ashland, and virtually.
Live & Outdoors: In response to COVID-19 restrictions, AIFF was one of the first festivals to offer films virtually—and plans to continue to do so with monthly offerings, curated by the Director of Programming. AIFF also responded to COVID-19 restrictions by offering a Live & Outdoor five-day festival in June 2021—and plans to continue with outdoor events during upcoming summers. The Director of Programming selects these films and manages the logistics for hosting these events.
The ideal candidate should be a team-player. He/she/they captain “Programmers” and “Screeners” to help review film submissions. The Director of Programming also oversees an Operational Coordinator, who manages the details and logistics from film selection to film projection (i.e., filmmaker contracts, event ticketing, etc.). The ideal candidate is endlessly curious. During the year, they monitor other film festivals for submissions (including travel to select festivals), and also networks with filmmakers to find submissions. A strong commitment and understanding of independent filmmaking is essential.
An ideal candidate will have at least five years work experience in festival programming, and an impressive portfolio.
$55,000 - 65,000, including generous PTO and health care reimbursement; 1.0 FTE exempt.
AIFF has a commitment to cultivating an inclusive work environment and providing equal opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neuro-diversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter of interest and resume as PDF documents via email to: Phil@AshlandFilm.org. Please include “Director of Programming” in the email’s subject line. Review begins Thursday, September 30.
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Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) values diversity and inclusion and encourages applicants of all backgrounds to apply. AIFF is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, family and marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. AIFF is committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.
Mission: Celebrate the diversity of human experience through the art of independent film by enriching, educating, and inspiring all audiences.