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Location: London Department: Arts Duration: IDC – part time / 0.7 Salary: pay band 7 Who can apply: candidates with independent existing right to work and live in the UK without restrictions

About us


The British Council is the world’s leading cultural relations organisation and creates opportunities for people in the UK and worldwide to understand each other, to work together and learn from one another. We see this as crucial to building secure, more prosperous and sustainable futures for us all. We build trust and understanding between different countries and cultures and develop strong international links that are of benefit to people in Britain and the rest of the world. We call this work – cultural relations.


The Arts Group is one of the cornerstones of the British Council’s mission to build bridges of trust and understanding between peoples of the world. The British Council’s global network places it in a unique position to achieve significant impact and change by finding new ways of connecting and seeing each other through the arts.


Our arts programme lives and breathes the aspiration to inspire, to transform lives – to offer creative artists, participants and audiences across the world life‐changing and life‐enhancing experiences. Our catalyst is the UK’s profound cultural and artistic strength and diversity.

The opportunity

British Council’s Film department is looking for an energetic and creative film professional to join our team.

The department is the link between UK films and filmmakers and new international audiences. Together with our global network of colleagues oversees, we work to profile the innovation, diversity, creativity and excellence of British films around the world, and find opportunities for creative exchange between the film communities in the UK and those elsewhere.

We have a crack team of Film Programme Managers who look after our activities - and after a few years of developing a successful programme together we are now looking to expand.


This new post, Film Programme Manager – Shorts/Global Exhibition, 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. 




This role has three equal elements:


-          Development and co-delivery of our Short Film activity offering support to the UK’s short film community, staging events, managing our programme of Travel Grants, and                overseeing international short film showcase opportunities;

-          Leading on a range of offers for the Film team’s global exhibition programme including specifically delivery of our ‘EU Film Festival’ offer;

-          Taking responsibility for the general programme of Film activity in one region of the world. 


About you

You will have a track record of delivering film exhibition projects at varying scales; recent experience in short film, either in exhibition, development or production, and a background in either
film event production,  programme curation, or in press, marketing or distribution.
You should be able to demonstrate knowledge of and enthusiasm for UK films and filmmakers, a keen interest in the UK industry, an awareness of who’s making what, and an understanding of the international Film Festival map. In addition you will need a good network of contemporary contacts across the UK film sector particularly in short film, sales and production communities,
and proven ability to write effectively for a variety of different audiences.

This is a part time role – 3.5 days per week.

You must also have an existing, independent right to work and live in the UK without restrictions. 


 For further information please see the documents below:

Role Profile.pdf

BC Behaviours.pdf


For information about British Council’s Film programme see www.britishcouncil.org/film.



Salary/ Pay band 7

Generous pension

32 days annual leave

Childcare vouchers

Cycling scheme

Flexible working policy

Season ticket loan



If you are interested and feel you are suitable for the role, please apply before Monday 4th January 2016 at 23:59 UK time. Interviews will be held on 12th January 2016.


We only accept applications submitted via our website and will not take into consideration CVs sent by email.



Our equality commitment


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.