Festival Director

Brisbane International Film Festival - The Future of Cinema

Festival Director

Do you want to create inspiring experiences by sharing local and international screen stories with audiences 

This is an opportunity to lead the long-running and much-loved Brisbane International Film Festival. One of Brisbane's key cultural events, the Festival presents a unique opportunity for Queenslanders to reconnect, while rediscovering that irreplaceable experience that only film festivals can bring.

On March 30, Screen Queensland announced Film Fantastic as the successful partner to deliver Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) for three years from 2021 (Festival dates: 21 to 31 October 2021) to 2023. Film Fantastic has delivered Gold Coast Film Festival since 2002 and has achieved a 600% increase in attendance since 2008 whilst also obtaining status in 2017 as an AACTA-Award qualifying film festival. 

BIFF will combine traditional world-class film festival programming with innovative new screen content programming to create an event that has the future of cinema at its heart. 

BIFF in 2021 will be Queenslands flagship film festival; a unique cultural event for Brisbane, re-engaging audiences with screen culture experiences and leading with high quality programming and high profile industry offerings. 

The festival's vision is linked to Screen Queenslands strategic priorities and aligns with recommendations in the 2028 Advance Queensland 10 year roadmap for the screen industry.

Catering to professional filmmakers and ardent cinefiles, to international distributors and casual cinema goers, BIFF has established itself as a prestigious event in Queenslands cultural calendar. The visionary marketing strategy will build on the historical reverence of the festival whilst building audiences, trust and excitement for the coming festival. 

BIFF HQ will be based at SQHub in Teneriffe.  

The Festival Director role is critical to the success of BIFF. This person will be a Brisbane local with extensive and established relationships across the city and greater Brisbane. With a savvy head for company set up and operations, budgets, and team management, the Festival Director will also be able to identify sponsorship opportunities to lift and extend the company operations and ultimately festival programming.

The role will report to the Film Fantastic Board of Directors and key tasks include:

  • Stage the annual Festival in October 2021, including developing the program of screenings and events
  • Recruit Festival team members
  • Manage the team of approximately 10 contractors, interns and approximately 30 volunteers to deliver the Festival
  • Secure and maintain corporate sponsorships
  • Deliver the business/strategic plan which facilitates the artistic vision of the Festival
  • Develop and manage relationships with government funding bodies, sponsors and screen industry bodies
  • Apply for various and critical grant funding
  • Develop and oversee risk assessments and planning for the Festival
  • Oversee Festival guest management
  • Devise and manage sales, marketing and advertising of the Festival
  • Represent Brisbane International Film Festival at events, speaking opportunities and as media spokesperson
  • Develop a program of screenings and events year-round to maintain the Festivals audience connection and to support the local screen industry

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 5+ years experience in festival, events, arts and/or film industries
  • 3+ years managerial experience
  • Demonstrated fundraising skills and ability to identify, secure and manage financial and in-kind partnerships
  • Demonstrated high level project management or event management skills
  • Experience working in, managing and motivating small teams
  • High level verbal and written communication skills including public speaking experience
  • High level networking and relationship management skills and strong links with the Brisbane community, its governments, venues, stakeholders and businesses
  • Experience in the development and implementation of strategic business plans
  • Strong problem solving skills and demonstrated experience in organisational resourcefulness
  • Strong financial literacy and ability to manage budgets
  • A passion for film, screen stories and events - film curating experience is not necessarily required

The successful candidate will develop and implement the Festival plan for October 2021 and have the opportunity to make their mark and shape the direction of the 2022 Festival and beyond. The successful candidate will need to commence ASAP, no later than April 30, 2021 with the contract term until 30 June 2022, with a view to extend. 

Submit Cover Letter (two page maximum) detailing why you are the person for the role, and Resume, by close of business Friday 9 April 2021


Position Description

Position: Festival Director

This position description represents the Employees role and responsibilities, however flexibility to adapt to any changes should be considered a key requirement of working at Brisbane International Film Festival.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

The work to be performed by the Employee includes all services generally performed by a Chief Executive Officer in relation the Festival, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Staging of the Festival, including developing a program of interactive events and overseeing the programming and brand of the Festival.
  • Source and procure team members (contractors) who have the skills, appropriate cultural attitude and fit to deliver the Festival starting from its foundations and building up.
  • Develop a detailed budget for the Festival.
  • Identify and deliver sponsorship arrangements which maximise cash and in-kind support.
  • Creation, maintenance and delivery of a business/strategic plan which facilitates the artistic vision of the Festival.
  • Provide detail of the considerations of each programming choice that will align with the Festivals purpose (The Future of Cinema, Grow and Support Queensland Screen Industry) and align with revenue projections and/or cultural policy.
  • Develop and manage relationships with funding agencies to increase cultural grants.
  • Apply for grant funding annually, pursuing triennial funding preferences if available.
  • Establish, negotiate and manage industry and venue partnerships to provide lowest cost.
  • Liaise with officers of the Brisbane City Council, other LGA's as required, Screen Queensland and other relevant State and Australian government agencies concerning funding possibilities for the Festival.
  • Devise and manage sales, marketing and advertising of the Festival.
  • Develop, implement and run a comprehensive social media, marketing and public relations strategy.
  • Be the public face for the Festival, including speaking at Festival events and performing media interviews for the Festival
  • Edit and write copy for a wide range of marketing materials, including print, website, member communications, in-venue signage, branding, etc.
  • Create promotional material for publication on social media platforms, including website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Promote engagement of the Festival with the schools sector in the Greater Brisbane region
  • Enhance the cultural image of Greater Brisbane through out-of-region publicity
  • Co-ordinate with the distribution of all marketing materials.
  • Research potential locations and approach venue operators for the Festival.
  • Co-ordinate all venue branding and signage in a responsive and efficient manner.
  • Co-ordinate the production of all marketing materials in liaison with external design agencies and printers, ensuring appropriate proofing and sign-off is completed by various internal and external stakeholders.
  • Manage other third-party contractors such as film programmer, event managers and publicists.
  • Oversee venue set up, bump in and bump out.
  • Develop and oversee COVID event contingency planning, risk, health and safety assessments and other planning for the Festival and Festival events in line with legal obligations and the Companys insurance policies for the Festival.
  • Develop, implement, and ensure compliance with the Companys Policies including all volunteers, third-party contractors, venues, suppliers and other third-parties whose compliance is required in accordance with the Companys Policies, by law or under the Companys insurance policies.
  • Oversee Festival guest management, itineraries, movement orders and invitations, including shortlisting and making contact with potential guests for the Festival.
  • Maintain copies of all correspondence sent and received in relation to the organisation of the Festival and, provide copies of the same to the Board. If any correspondence requires specific attention by the Company, the correspondence shall be tabled for the next Board meeting of the Company and copies of the same shall be presented to the Board not later than two days before the meeting.
  • Represent the Festival at industry specific events, seeking to speak / contribute to each event to grow the Festivals local, domestic and international profile.
  • Provide Festival Director report at monthly Board meetings including detail on: budget, programming, meetings, items for board discussion / approval / notice.
  • Attend all meetings as requested and called by the Company and any of its sub-committees.

The Employee also will render administration tasks that include but are not limited to:

  • Answering phone calls
  • Filing electronically and physically
  • Emailing and contacting customers with invoices or to suppliers as required
  • Other administration duties, including any administration services required to conduct the Festival.

The Employee may also perform other tasks as the Festival and the Company may reasonably require from time to time to ensure that the Festival is a cultural and financial success and adheres to and satisfies all successful grant applications.

06/04/2021 $0 Brisbane 1 Advertising, Arts & Media
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