JOB POSTING: Programmer, TIFF Bell Lightbox

TIFF is accepting applications for a Programmer contract position at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

This has been an exciting year for TIFF that has been marked by the opening of TIFF Bell Lightbox, our new home and the world’s premiere centre for film. This year continues to produce excitement as new programming is offered in TIFF Bell Lightbox. We are seeking a highly motivated individual who wants to be part of a new era in Toronto’s cultural history.

Reporting to the Head of Film Programmes, TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Contract Programmer will oversee programming for the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, as well as tracking short films for possible programming at TIFF Bell Lightbox

For Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children and Human Rights Watch:
• Manage correspondence and liaise with other departments (Marketing, Communications, Guest Relations etc.) about

Programming for both Festivals
• Manage Film Fees budget
• Write and proof programme notes for invited films
• Meet all programming deadlines for both Sprockets and Human Rights Watch
• Scheduling of films for both Festivals
• Ensure that all relevant departments have adequate time to look over the proposed schedules and to make comments/changes
• During both Festivals host filmmakers/guests and do panel discussions and introductions and question and answer sessions

For Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children:
• Manage lists of films under consideration and films being tracked
• Research and track potential films for children and youth from around the world
• Chair internal programming team meetings with Head of Film Programmes
• Work with the Learning team to identify age and grade recommendations as well as themes for films selected for the festival

For Human Rights Watch:
• Oversee programming of festival in Toronto and coordinate with New York Festival for approval of titles, as required.
• Research and track potential titles with a human rights theme
• Ensure that programming fulfils the mandate set out in conjunction with Human Rights Watch Festival New York
• Manage the schedule of guest speakers invited to the festival, including invitation process, and timely flow of information to departments internally.

• Research and compile a tracking list of Canadian shorts
• Ensure tracking list meets requirements set out by Head, Film Programmes

Contract Dates
October 2010 – April 2011 (6 month contract)

Minimum Requirements:
• At least 3 years of internationally recognized programming experience at significant film festivals or at a significant programming institution.
• At least 1 year programming experience for children and youth.
• Experience working with and hosting key Canadian and international filmmakers and producers.
• Relationships with the key Canadian, American, and International distributors and studios, film representatives, international sales agents and national film organizations a significant plus.
• Experience writing programme notes or equivalent critical writing.
• Extensive knowledge of programming for diverse audiences, with a commitment to inclusiveness and public accountability.
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to communicate with people at all levels
• Excellent organizational skills, with an exceptional focus on logistics coordination, and a keen eye for detail;
• Mature personal judgment, exhibiting a high level of professionalism and diplomacy;
• Additional languages an asset.
• Proficiency with computers and applications (including Microsoft Office Suite and FoxPro or similar relational database);
• Ability to work both independently and in a team environment;
• Adaptable to flexible schedule, including some evenings, weekends and travel.

Please submit cover letter, resumé and the names and phone numbers of 3 references by 5pm on Thursday October 21, 2010 BY EMAIL ONLY to the attention of Hiring Committee: Programmer, TIFF Bell Lightbox

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We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview are contacted. No telephone inquiries please. All applications are considered confidential.

TIFF is an equal opportunity employer.

TIFF is a charitable, not-for-profit cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world. Its vision is to lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image.

TIFF gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, for its support of organization-wide human resource initiatives.