Festival Programmer

Application Deadline: 
Nov 25th, 2012

What began in 1989 as a small community film festival has evolved into a professional queer arts organization. Out On Screen is a registered charity with two core programs: the annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival and Out in Schools. Our vision: to celebrate and advance queer communities through cultural expressions.

Our team is passionate about making a difference in our communities and it is evident in our culture and values. We are a progressive employer offering comprehensive salary packages that include extended health benefits, wellness and professional development funds and a supportive and flexible work environment. Along with the unique opportunity to work for a queer organization!

Job Information

Organization Name: 
Out On Screen
Job Description: 

The Festival Programmer develops and oversees the artistic vision of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. A core competency of the festival is to bring diverse communities together around LGBT issues, thereby; the incumbent will possess a strong curatorial and/or artistic practice deeply rooted in engaging communities around social issues. This is a management position with up to six seasonal direct reports. The Festival Programmer reports to our Director of Programs & HR.

  • Oversee the vision and implementation of all festival programming including panel discussions, workshops, spotlights, guest curators, artist awards, etc.
  • Research, solicit and screen film, video and other art forms for presentation at the festival.
  • Build relationships with artists, distributors and other art groups.
  • Leads and inspires the programming committee.
  • Serve as key media spokesperson for the festival.
  • Accountable for leading and managing short-term festival contracts that include technicians, parties and guest relations.
  • Grant and report writing.
  • Manage administrative aspects of festival programming that include film databases, artist and distributor fees, generating timelines, programming department budget and attending staff meetings and annual strategic planning sessions.
  • Minimum 3 years experience programming media art, or curatorial equivalent
  • Extensive knowledge of queer independent film and video
  • Demonstrated collaborative leadership and experience in community development
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Relevant experience working within a social-profit setting
  • Project management is essential, HR management an asset
How to Apply: 

Email cover letter and resume, in either PDF or Word format, to employment@outonscreen.com by Sunday, November 25, 2012. Please indicate “Festival Programmer Position- YOUR NAME” in the subject line. 


This is a year round position based on 24 hours per week and includes full time hours, at 37.5 hours per week, from April 1 to August 31.

Start date January 14, 2013.

Comprehensive salary package starting at $40,000 per annum and including extended health benefits, wellness funds, professional development funds and opportunities for travel to Canadian and international film festivals.

Contact Information

Drew Dennis
Email Address: 


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