New Zealand International Film Festival

Film Festival Director ‒ Kaiurungi

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) invites applicants for this pivotal role responsible for the curation and programming of the New Zealand International Film Festival, Autumn Events, VOD platform and other special NZIFF events and presentations.

NZIFF is an annual event, operated by aCharitable Trust, the New Zealand Film Festival Trust (NZFFT). NZIFF turned 50 in 2018 and achieves an average of 250,000 national admissions annually.

Screening in 13 centres annually from July – September, NZIFF is an eagerly awaited and anticipated cultural highlight of the New Zealand winter. The programme features approximately 160 feature length films and ten shorts programmes in Auckland and Wellington. Reduced programmes are presented in a further 11 centres. Additionally, NZFFT currently operates an Autumn Events programme in the four main centres, as well as selected one-off events. The broad scope of our programme caters every year to members of a large range of communities and special interest groups.

This is a full-time permanent position based in Wellington.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED / NGĀ PUKENGA

  • Knowledge and experience in international film culture and film festival programming
  • Established network of film industry organisations and professionals
  • Exceptional interpersonal, leadership and management skills
  • Business acumen and financial accountability
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • High level of strategic thinking and experience
  • Ability to cope well with stress and being able to work under pressure
  • Clear, confident oral and written communication and presentation skills including, public speaking
  • Strong copy writing skills
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and team collaboration tools
  • Respect, understanding and awareness for Tikanga Māori
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to, international current affairs
  • Ability to travel within and outside New Zealand

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES / NGĀ TAKOHANGA

Programming

Select and acquire a programme of films for the annual NZIFF, Autumn Events, VOD platform and special events and presentations, consistent with the objectives of the NZ Film Festival Trust.

  • View films for selection
  • Meet sales agents, distributors and filmmakers
  • Supervise festival attendance by Programmers
  • Update and manage database of all films including the record of financial and screening arrangements  
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other festivals and programmers
  • Oversee curation of NZ films                             
  • Monitor international events and trends
  • Negotiate participation of selected films, clearing rights and securing screening material
  • Manage supplementary programmers
  • Manage Guest Manager
  • Invite guests and oversee hospitality and approved guest budget
  • Curate Q+A’s and panel discussions including industry bodies
  • Maintain overview of censorship and governmental decisions that conflict with NZIFF objectives
  • Advise Assistant to GM re relevant censorship considerations for film applications
  • Oversee complaints management relating to content
  • Devise practicable screening schedules in consultation with NZIFF staff and theatre management (In 2019 a Scheduling Consultant and the Programme Manager will provide assistance.)
  • Select and clear films for programme launch in consultation with Programmers

Publications and Publicity

  • Inform publicity strategy
  • Oversee editorial and website content
  • Compile, write and edit programme notes in conjunction with other Programmers and external copy writers
  • Work with Communications Manager on image selection
  • Inform outreach strategy
  • Oversee design and artwork for posters and publications
  • Represent NZIFF at programme launches, opening nights and media interviews (being one of the key external faces for NZIFF media opportunities)

To apply please first request the full position description and application details from recruitment@nziff.co.nz

Applications close 1 February 2019.

Remuneration and commencement date to be discussed with shortlisted candidates.

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Category
Screen Administration / Management
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