Film Programme Manager (SHORTS/Global Exhibition)
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Region: UK Country: England Department: Arts Job Category: Part time, fixed term contract for 9-12 months Location: London Pay Band 7 (£25,758-£32,463) pro rata
The Organisation

The British Council was founded to create ‘a friendly knowledge and understanding’ between the people of the UK and wider world by making a positive contribution to the countries we work with, and in doing so making a lasting difference to the UK’s international standing, prosperity and security. The programmes we use to do this are wide-ranging and cover the arts, education, English, science and society.

The Arts

Our UK Arts team works with the British Council’s global network of offices to achieve significant impact and change by finding new ways of connecting and seeing each other through the arts. Our team in the UK has three main groupings: We have six art form teams; three cross-disciplinary teams; and three country-specific teams in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our aim is to see stronger creative sectors across the world that are better connected with the UK.

We believe arts and culture are vital to prosperous, secure societies, and that offering international cultural connections and experiences strengthens their resilience. We are uniquely able to make a difference thanks to our extensive and diverse networks in the UK and internationally, enabling us to respond to the individual context of each place we work in

The Team

In the Film team we use our connections and understanding of the UK contemporary Film and media sector to advise and support our international colleagues on working with Film within cultural relations programmes and provide a link to the UK. Together we develop projects to encourage showcasing, collaboration and professional exchange. We work in partnership with filmmakers and other film professionals to build relationships between the filmmaking, film sales, exhibition, and film education communities in the UK and around the world. 

The Opportunity

We have an excellent opportunity for an energetic and creative film professional to join our team for a period of 9 months maternity cover with a possible extension to 12 months. The successful candidate will work to ensure the development, implementation and management of high-quality, strategic Film programmes which add value to the UK Film sector, meet specific regional requirements, and support the British Council’s cultural relations objectives by providing specialist expertise to British Council offices overseas. 

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following essential knowledge & experience:
  • A good, wide knowledge of contemporary UK film and the ability to make critical judgements across different genres
  • A good network of current contacts across the UK film sector
  • A track record of delivering film exhibition projects at varying scales
  • A track record in film programming, film press/marketing, distribution or production
  • A track record in working with Short Film (either exhibition, development or production)
  • The ability to write effectively for a variety of different audiences.

Some of the main opportunities/challenges include:   (Please see Role Profile for full details of the duties)
  • Working within cross-departmental and multi-location teams to deliver film programmes within a large, complex international organisation.
  • Working on multiple programmes with different cultural and operational contexts (resources, capacity, infrastructure, market, political)
  • Creating opportunities for the UK film sector that encourage international showcasing, collaboration and professional exchange within a cultural relations context.
  • Maintaining expertise in contemporary UK film (and television where applicable)
  • Maintaining expertise in a specific film-related field (eg marketing, documentary, short film, festivals, animation)

This is a part time role – 3.5 days per week - so will very much suit someone who wants to maintain their industry links. 

Equality Comment & Equality of Opportunity (UK)

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights.  All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks. 

For further information please see the documents below:

Role profile

British Council behaviours

Generous pension
32 days annual leave
Flexible working policy
Childcare vouchers
Season ticket loan

The closing date is Sunday 2nd April 2017 at 23:59pm UK time and we are looking to schedule the interviews in the week commencing 18th April 2017.