Careers

 

The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) will celebrate it’s 50th annual celebration in 2019, making it one of the longest-running film festivals in the country in addition to being one of the best-respected film festivals in the South.  It is an Academy Award-Qualifying festival in all three shorts categories with a long-standing reputation for championing some of the best films and filmmakers of today and tomorrow.

The NashFilm has fantastic opportunities to further your career, whether it be as a full-time employee, seasonal staffer, or an intern, learning the industry.  Openings are listed below:

Open Positions:

Position Summary: The Programming Manager is responsible for managing programming for the Nashville Film Festival. This includes leading planning, implementation and all supporting processes to ensure quality, reliability and integrity in all aspects of programming. The Programming Manager oversees the independent and seasonal programmers to assure a highly successful program throughout all aspects of the festival including film, screenplay, Creator’s Conference, and year-around programming of panels, workshops and script coverage.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage the annual process of programming 300+ official selections for NashFilm to include, but not limited to, call for entries, screening (6000+ submissions) process, programming, notification process, negotiations & agreements, budgeting, communications & publications, print traffic & projection, competition awards, panels & workshops, special guests & presentations and associated events.
  • Oversee all aspects of programming functions, both artistic and administrative including supervision of all seasonal programmers, programming specialists, screeners, programming partners and interns.
  • Develop and grow positive relationships with the global community of filmmakers, distributors, and others who represent the film industry.
  • Negotiate film agreements and rental agreements with domestic and international suppliers.
  • Develop and grow positive relationships with all local filmmakers, organizations and stakeholders dedicated to advancing filmmaking in Tennessee.
  • Oversee creation and maintenance of the master film screening schedule and film database.
  • Prepare engaging film introductions, and professionally moderate film Q&A sessions and panels.
  • Establish Festival timeline and schedule for all screening, panels and events to deliver an exceptional experience for all attendees and filmmakers.
  • Participate actively in the development, marketing, and promotional activities of NashFilm, and serve as a spokesperson for the organization. This includes writing occasional articles and news items for NashFilm’s website.
  • Coordinate with NashFilm leadership to ensure complete information is available to sponsorship, grant-writing, and fundraising; participate in organizational development of policies & procedures and resource management.
  • Work with the leadership to continue to develop & engage diverse audiences, expand income sources, and grow international recognition for the Nashville Film Festival.
  • Develop effective year-round programming with filmmakers to serve and grow the NashFilm membership base.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills Required/Experience

  • 4+ years of film programming leadership or other related experience.
  • Management experience, supervising professional seasonal programming staff.
  • Excellent written, public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Natural ability and commitment to operate with high integrity in all situations.
  • Ability to solve complex problems, work under tight deadlines and collaborate effectively.
  • Attention to detail; self-starter; superior organizational skills.
  • Ability to execute projects efficiently and on schedule.
  • Ability to work independently and to maintain a positive work atmosphere and professional relationships.
  • Effective budget, resource and time management skills.
  • Proficient knowledge of MS Office Suite, Google Suite, Adobe Suite and other online tools and databases.
  • Must be able to work some nights and weekends, including extended hours during and leading up to the Festival.

Preferred Experience and Background 

  • 4+ years professional experience and increased responsibility as a film programmer with demonstrated management responsibilities & skills. Film Festival programming leadership strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of independent film, the film industry, and key trends.
  • College degree in related field, Master's degree preferred.

NashFilm is dedicated to equal opportunity employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran or disabled status, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law. Consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws, NashFilm provides all employees and applicants with equal opportunity in all aspects of the employment relationship.

Internships:

Interns gain valuable experience in many areas of film festival programming and management. Positions are available in various departments across the team. All allow interns to lead meaningful projects and gain real world experience.  Interns are required to commit to a minimum of 8-10 hours a week. Internships are unpaid and are valid for college credit. If you want to know what makes a film stand out in the crowd, interning at NashFilm is the best way to do it!

Intern in the programming department for your opportunity to see the inner workings of the film festival circuit. Learn how films are submitted, screened and selected. Be in active participant in the official selection process.

Responsibilities:

  • Help with the organization and selection of films including tracking, screening, identifying, and securing films
  • Assist in the coordination of Screening Committee assignments
  • Assist Programming Team with spreadsheet and data management
  • Watch and review submissions
  • Oversee the “2019entries” email address and answer submitter inquiries
  • Provide administrative support to the Programming Team

Qualifications:

  • Majoring in a field related to Film/TV, Screenwriting, and/or the Entertainment Industry
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office (especially Excel) and Google Drive
  • Basic knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, and WordPress is preferred but not required
  • Highly Organized with strong attention to detail
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work and respond well in fast paced and high pressure environments

Internships:

Interns gain valuable experience in many areas of film festival programming and management. Positions are available in various departments across the team. All allow interns to lead meaningful projects and gain real world experience.  Interns are required to commit to a minimum of 8-10 hours a week. Internships are unpaid and are valid for college credit. If you want to know what makes a film stand out in the crowd, interning at NashFilm is the best way to do it!

Assist the Program Coordinator with the execution of the 2019 Screenwriting Competition while learning the ins and outs of contest management and what makes a good script.

Responsibilities:

  • Help with the organization and selection of screenplays including tracking, assigning, and reading
  • Assist in the assignment of screenplays to individuals in the Reading Committee
  • Assist in the coordination of the reading process and Reading Committee events
  • Assist Programming Team with spreadsheet and data management
  • Read and review screenplay submissions
  • Oversee various general email addresses and answer inquiries
  • Provide administrative support to the Programming Team

Qualifications:

  • Majoring in a field related to Film/TV, Screenwriting, and/or Creative Writing
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office (especially Excel) and Google Drive
  • Basic knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, and WordPress is preferred but not required
  • Highly Organized with strong attention to detail
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work and respond well in fast paced and high pressure environments


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