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18 Aug Work with us! Programmer and Event Producer Roles

Spread the word!  We are recruiting for two contract positions –  Programmer and Event Producer.  These are integral roles for the Gold Coast Film Festival.

 

PROGRAMMER

  • Period: October – April
  • Fee: $10,000

The Gold Coast Film Festival is one of QLD’s biggest Film Festivals and this year, entertained over 14,000 people.   The festival aims to enhance the experience of cinema, bringing culturally diverse Australian and International films and filmmakers to events across QLD’s leading filmmaking and holiday destination – the Gold Coast.

We also promote emerging QLD and Australian filmmakers and create educational and professional development opportunities for film industry practitioners, emerging film professionals and students.

We are seeking a contract programmer for our 2017 festival who has experience programming films and working with distributors and filmmakers.   You’ll have a great deal of creative licence, choosing approximately 40 feature films that will appeal to our audience and will attract new audiences.  You’ll be an integral part of the GCFF team and have the support of a Festival Coordinator to assist with programming administration and a Technical Coordinator to assist with DCP freight and testing. Reporting to the Festival Director, you’ll have a good knowledge of films and be able to write compelling copy about the films you program. The final deadline for programming is late February, with key programming periods traditionally in early December and then from early January to the end of February.

This contract role can fit around your other contracts/roles and you can be based anywhere; however, we will give preference to Queensland-based applicants.  The GCFF has a Festival Office from January – April each year that you are welcome to work from.

Key Tasks:

  • Identify film opportunities for GCFF based on audiences, venues and relevance
  • Liaise with our guest programmer (Paul Alvardo-Dykstra, founder of Fantastic Fest) on Fantastic film content
  • Option to work with our small programming advisory committee or a programming intern to assist with film viewing, collating and selection
  • Negotiate film agreements with distributors, sales agents and filmmakers, within the programming budget, by final deadline in late February
  • Work with our Festival Director to suggest and secure film cast and crew attendance
  • Arrange film schedule to best appeal to audiences, alongside Festival Director
  • Work with our Technical Assistant and Festival Co-ordinator to ensure that films are freighted, delivered, tested and classified for the Event
  • Draft and deliver film related content to Festival Director for use in marketing materials, website, program and social media.
  • Work with Technical Assistant and distributors to return DCPS
  • Participate in post-festival feedback session to analyse successes and opportunities to improve for 2018
  • Collect and provide post-festival programming information to Festival Director for government acquittal reporting

Like most film festivals, we run on the smell of an oily rag. We can’t offer big bucks, but we can offer a couple of perks:

  • Ticket to AIMC in October
  • Tickets to other Australian film festivals eg BAPFF in November, Sydney Film Festival in June


EVENT PRODUCER

  • Period: October – April
  • Fee: $10,000

The Gold Coast Film Festival is one of QLD’s biggest Film Festivals and this year, entertained over 14,000 people.   The festival aims to enhance the experience of cinema, bringing culturally diverse Australian and International films and filmmakers to events across QLD’s leading filmmaking and holiday destination – the Gold Coast.

We also promote emerging QLD and Australian filmmakers and create educational and professional development opportunities for film industry practitioners, emerging film professionals and students.

We are seeking an Event Producer for our 2017 festival who has experience creating and managing events.

We have some exciting new event partnerships for 2017 and we’re looking for an event producer to create and manage all our film-related events. Whether it’s a beach film screening for 2000 people, our opening night red carpet with famous actors or a fancy film industry lunch, you’ll be able to add creative budget-friendly theming and branding, arrange catering, book equipment, and work to ensure our partners and attendees are happy. Reporting to the Festival Director, you’ll be creative and highly organised, with experience preparing run sheets and working to a budget.  You will be part of the core GCFF team and have the support of an Event Intern and large team of GCFF volunteers. This is a contract role that can easily fit around other contracts/roles, with the key periods of activity in January/February (before program deadline at the end of February) and during April.

You’ll need to be based on the Gold Coast (or able to travel here at your own expense) and be available for all festival events 20th-30th April 2017.

Key Tasks:

  • Provide creative direction and management of all GCFF events
  • Liaise with event partners and attend meetings and recces during planning
  • Assess requirements and order props/equipment/screens/catering/signage for each event
  • Book entertainment and create theming for each event
  • Manage Event Interns to provide administration or on-the-ground support as necessary
  • Liaise with our Volunteer Coordinator to schedule volunteers to staff events
  • Produce detailed event run sheets
  • Alongside Festival Director prepare risk assessments for events
  • Attend events and ensure smooth-running
  • Manage the events budget
  • Provide an end-of-festival report on event activities for acquittals

 


To apply for either of these roles, apply to Festival Director Lucy Fisher on lucy (@) gcfilmfestival.com.  Applications close Saturday September 10th.