Film Programme Manager - Festivals
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Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Location: London Pay band: 7 (£26,016 - £33,112) + £3,300 London Allowance (Pro-rata) Contract type: 1 Year Fixed Term Contract - 2 Days per week/part-time Requirements: Open to staff that have the right to work in the UK. Closing date: Wednesday 22nd August 2018 (23:59 UK Time)


Please note that in December 2020, the British Council will relocate its new global headquarters to: International Quarter, Stratford, London E20




The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


Through our work in Arts we find new ways of connecting with and understanding each other to develop stronger creative sectors around the world. Our expert team in the UK and around the world works to five broad aims: to share UK arts with the world; to foster collaborations and networks; to build capacity in creative sectors; to foster social change; and to support the shaping of policy and research. This cultural exchange helps create modern and vibrant creative sectors, building connections, trust and opportunity. It can also help to bring together divided communities and people affected by conflict.


Our global Arts programmes include cultural seasons and festivals in countries around the world, supporting skills building and entrepreneurship, touring exhibitions of the UK’s leading artists and designers, film festivals, book fairs, and dance, music and theatre performances and exchanges. 




The Film Programme Manager (Festivals) works as a key part of the Film department 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 colleagues and partners overseas. 




This role has 4 key areas of responsibility: 

  • Leading on delivering an extensive programme of Film Festival Selector Screenings in London for the top tier of international film festivals;
  • Contributing to the UK’s presence and profile at selected international Film Festivals; 
  • Contributing to the Film team’s digital and communications programme, highlighting new talent and reflecting on UK presence on the international Film Festival Circuit
  • Working closely with fellow Film Programme Managers to support their work with Arts Manager other British Council staff overseas. 

We require the successful candidate to have the following experience:

  • A good, wide knowledge of contemporary UK film, new digital developments, and the ability to make critical judgements across different genres
  • A good network of contemporary contacts across the UK film sector particularly in sales and production communities;
  • A track record of working with the international film festival circuit
  • A track record in film production press / marketing, programming or exhibition
  • Proven ability to write effectively for a variety of different audiences including international film industry 



In addition to a competitive salary and pension contributions, the British Council offers an attractive holiday entitlement of 32 days per calendar year (pro rata) in addition to statutory holidays plus an additional half day on Christmas Eve. Additional benefits include : 

  • £3,300 London Market Allowance for London based staff (Pro Rata)
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • Staff Restaurants / Break out Areas
  • Employee Assistance Programme 

If you would like to understand more about this post then please see the attached documents:


Role Profile.pdf
BC Core Skills.pdf
BC Behaviours.pdf


Closing date:


If you are interested in applying and feel that you are suitable for the role, please apply before Wednesday 22nd August 2018 (23:59 UK Time).


Interviews will be taking place week commencing 3rd September 2018.


Equality Statement:


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.