Images Festival Employment Opportunity: Artistic Director

From: Michael Zryd (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Jun 09 2006 - 13:58:52 PDT

Images Festival Employment Opportunity: Artistic Director


*_Position_*: Artistic Director, Images Festival of Independent Film and


*_Organization_*: The Images Festival, entering its 20th year, features
Canadian and international film and video, and related new media,
installations and performances. This Toronto-based festival combines
theatrical exhibition with gallery-based installations and features
symposia, artists' retrospectives, special curated programs and
publications alongside its annual competition selection of artists' film
and video. Images is a dynamic annual forum for excellence and
innovation in the media arts.


Summary: The Artistic Director of the Images Festival will play a
pivotal role in the media arts sector in Toronto and beyond. The AD
oversees programming for the Images Festival, working closely with other
members of programming staff.


*_Responsibilities_*: The Artistic Director's responsibilities include,
but are not limited to, the following:



* Establishing the overall programming direction for the Images
Festival, in conjunction with, and with the approval of, the Executive
Director (ED) and the Board;

* Researching, soliciting and selecting films, videos, and related works
for presentation at the Images Festival (including works in performance,
installation and new media);

* Writing curatorial statements, program descriptions and descriptions
of individual works;

* Working with an ad-hoc 20^th Anniversary Committee, guest curators,
programmers, screening committees, awards juries, writers and/or
organizations on specific projects, including publications and
commissioning projects, where required;

* Arranging (or supervising the arrangement of) bookings, and acting as
a liaison with local, national, and international distributors and with
all participating artists, directors, producers, etc.;

* Arranging rental and negotiating fees with exhibiting artists and/or

* Participating in programming related aspects of Images Festival publicity,

i.e., conducting interviews w/print, television, radio & web-based
media outlets;

* Programming for members screenings, outreach and touring projects.


*_Working in conjunction with the Programmers and other staff to_*:

* Coordinate certain aspects of catalogue production including gathering
photo stills and other relevant materials;

*Coordinate print traffic prior to and during the Images Festival;

*Arrange hospitality, travel, accommodation, and support for guests of
the Images Festival;

*Host guests during the Festival

*Arrange and manage technical and logistical details regarding venue,
equipment, projectionists, etc.






*Prepare and submit grant requests and grant reports related to programming;

*Develop and work within an established programming budget and timeline,
develop budgets and timelines pertaining to specific programming
projects, and manage expenses and revenue related to programming;

*Work with ED and programming staff to ensure that all programming
adheres to mandate and organizational priorities of the Images Festival.

*Work with the ED and Festival Manager to select the appropriate Images
Festival venues;

*Ensure that all programming databases are up-to-date.


*_Sponsorship development_*:

* Assist with planning and proposals for aspects of fund development
related to Images Festival programming, including special initiatives
and focused projects.



* Assist with creating and maintaining a marketing strategy and timeline;

* Service media requests for materials and information (as needed by the

* Work with the Publicist and staff to develop PR materials, such as
press releases.


*_Skills Required_*:

-Extensive experience in media arts programming.

-Familiarity with the not-for-profit arts sector.

-Strong oral and written communication skills.

-Highly organized, able to multitask, work under pressure and meet

-Computer literacy (word processing, excel, email, web).


*_The following will be considered assets_*:

-Strong interest/experience in media arts study, education and practice.

-Experience with critical arts writing, publishing, and related fields.

-Fluency in both official languages.


*_Salary and Benefits_*:

Salary is based on a full-time-equivalent range of $30,000 - $35,000 per
annum (commensurate with experience).

Health benefits, opportunities for international travel and professional


*_Deadline_*: Friday 07 July 2006, 5:00 pm Start Date: August, 2006


*_Apply in writing to_*: Hiring Committee, The Images Festival

401 Richmond Street West, Suite 448, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8 Canada

Fax: (416) 971-7412

Email: email suppressed>
(With RTF or PDF attachments only)

No phone calls please.


The Images Festival is an equal opportunity employer. For more
information about the festival, please visit our website at We thank all applicants for their interest;
however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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