Film Programme Manager
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Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Pay band: 7 (£26,016 - £33,112) Pro Rata’d Location: London Contract type: 1 Year Fixed Term Contract 3 Days per week Requirements: Open to staff that have the right to work in the UK. The British Council cannot assist non EU Nationals to obtain a work permit. Closing date and time: 1 July 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 (Shorts/Global Exhibition) 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 offices overseas. 



This role has three key elements:

-          Development and delivery of our Short Film activity;


-          Leading on a range of global offers for the Film team’s exhibition programme;

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


We require the successful candidate to have the following 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.



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.


Other Benefits

·         £3,300 London Market Allowance for London based staff (Pro Rata’d)

·         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:





Further details:

If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by 1 July 2018 (23:59 UK Time)


We will be aiming to hold interviews early July with a view to an immediate start on successful appointment.



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.