Seeks Cinema Programming Coordinator / Employment

May 31, 2021

Organization Name: Northwest Film Forum

Organization Location: Seattle

Type: Employment

Fee: Free


Northwest Film Forum is seeking a strategically-minded, engaged, and detail-oriented Cinema Programming Coordinator who is passionate about NWFF’s mission, vision, and current organizational trajectory. The ideal candidate will have a passion for and familiarity with modern film programming, with diverse lived experiences and a proven track record championing diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work. They will have experience with public programming, event curation, film festivals, and a strong and varied network of relationships across arts, film, media, creative industries, and progressive social movements. The Cinema Programming Coordinator role will be key in supporting NWFF’s transition from a contract programmer to an in-house staff member who will work closely with the entire team.
Programs the candidate will be supporting and/or overseeing include:

Year-round cinema programming
Four NWFF-run film festivals/events:
ByDesign Festival – Interdisciplinary design and architecture festival
Cadence: Video Poetry Festival – The only one of its kind in the region
Children’s Film Festival Seattle – Our largest festival of the year, for youth and adults
Local Sightings Film Festival: Pacific Northwest film and media festival; our second largest festival of the year
Special events or screening opportunities
Pre-screening introductions and post-screening talk-backs

Key Responsibilities


Year-Round Programming:
Curate, program, and book theatrical runs of new and repertory films for 2 screen cinema, for both in-person screenings and virtual programming.
Assist in listing Virtual programming on Eventive (or other digital platform).
Maintain and cultivate distributor relationships for theatrical bookings.
Review and assess all upcoming releases.
Negotiate MGs and percentage splits for all programmed releases.
Film Calendar: Coordinate strategies and timelines for year-round film programming.
Marketing: Work with marketing team to create effective marketing strategies and outreach plans for film promotion.
Community-Building: Establish and maintain relationships with film directors, producers, distributors, sales agents and other content creators.
Coordination: Coordinate communications plans with distributors and relay needs and assets from program partners to marketing team.
Film Descriptions: Identify weak film descriptions and work with NWFF team to develop better copy text and marketing pullquotes.
Cultural Sensitivity: Prioritize stories that are told from authentic points of view while researching, to the best of their knowledge, that programmed films do not cause harm to BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disability, low-income, and/or other historically underserved or under resourced communities.
Inclusive Programming: Ensure NWFF’s film programs include a wide range of perspectives, stories, and creators, throughout the entire Programming Calendar.
Visiting Artists & Eduaction: Help curate special events and educational opportunities with visiting artists and filmmakers, as well as arrange travel, accommodations, and stipends as necessary, year-round and during festivals.
Info Shares: Work with NWFF team to form cohesive structures for data management and documentation of film programs.


All film festival activities will be closely executed with other members of the Film Forum team.

Research & Outreach: Seek out short and feature film submissions for each in-house festival’s unique mission and demographics.
Submissions Review: Collaborate with NWFF team to review and judge submissions for all programs, including but not limited to feature films and short films.
Festival Correspondence: Gather promotional materials and assets from distributors or artists, including high-res images, film details, posters, trailers, press kits, etc, as well as any needs during or after the festival, including awards notifications and return of print traffic or promotional materials.
Festival Programs: Work with NWFF team to schedule screening blocks and events.
Event Facilitation: Develop, organize, and facilitate or co-facilitate discussions, pre- and post-screening talkbacks workshops, trainings, roundtables, and other events to help bolster film programming (virtually, or in person as appropriate), year-round and during festivals.
Wrap-Up Reports: Contribute to festival wrap-up report in conjunction with NWFF team within two weeks of every major in-house festival, including the development of festival best practice frameworks.
Qualities, Qualifications, and Experience

Ability to see, value, and adapt to cultural differences. Demonstrated and/or lived experience working with people of diverse ages, genders, sexualities, ethnicities, cultures, races, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds, including those from society’s historically underserved by mainstream arts organizations.
Passion for and dedication to NWFF’s history, mission, vision, values, and programs.
Familiarity with and deep understanding of independent film and arts communities, especially those in the Pacific Northwest region and Seattle area.
Experience with nonprofit organizations with multiple programs serving diverse constituencies in film, arts, and/or media.
Lived commitment to and investment in racial and social justice and anti-oppression analysis.
Familiarity and experience in Adobe suite, Google suite are not required but helpful.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with excitement for working in a collaborative team environment.
Self-starter, with an ability to multi-task and juggle distinct priorities and relationships gracefully.
Employment Information, Compensation, and Benefits

This staff position is 20 hours/week, $18-$20/hour, and reports to the Executive Director and Artistic Director. Flexible work schedule, plus access to filmmaking gear, computers, and workshops. After positive 3-month review, this position will be eligible for benefits, including 100% coverage of health, dental, and vision.

For the foreseeable future until pandemic restrictions and stay-at-home orders lift, this role will be remote. Candidate must be local to Western Washington area or willing to relocate when NWFF re-opens in Fall 2021. Due to the public nature of NWFF’s work and our diverse constituency, the hired candidate must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at that time.

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