Associate Director, Feature Film Program- International - Based in Los Angeles
Sundance Film Festival
Park City, Utah USA
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Employment Type: Paid Job
Department: Feature Film
Position Type: Year Round
Application Deadline: 06/24/2012
Housing Provided: No
Festival Dates: 01/17/2013 - 01/27/2013
DescriptionConsiderations: This position will travel domestically and internationally, to various locations throughout the year to attend the Film Festival, FFP labs, and scout for potential artists to support.
Position Summary: This position is responsible for the planning and execution of the international work of the Feature Film Program (FFP) which includes support of International artist through labs and granting as well as advancing the program’s international presence.
Job Duties/Responsibilities• Responsible for outreach and selection processes to international filmmakers for our US and international labs, awards and grant recipients.
o Conduct outreach to scout and solicit new international projects. Identify new filmmakers and works through research of the international trades and film market, recommendations from Institute associates and other Festival or support programs.
o Oversee readers viewings and evaluations of projects, translation of scripts as necessary. Create regional selection committees and manage the semi-finalist and finalist selection process, if appropriate. Organize international jury responses with Sundance responses. If necessary, create regional selection committees and incorporate responses with Sundance responses.
o Liaise with Festival programmers to recommend works to be considered for Film Festival.
o Liaise with filmmakers throughout the process to provide information and updates as needed.
• Monitor and provide continuum of support and advocacy for award, labs and Festival filmmakers and grantees to help projects move forward.
• Ensure positive Festival experience for Fellows and Partners by curating Festival program and activities relevant to each, hosting delegates and guests, targeting SIM’s meetings, etc.
• Plan and execute international Labs in collaboration with local partners in the Middle East, India and Turkey. Each Lab has different requirements and levels of Sundance direct support which often includes hands on management of the Lab. and training/support in preparation.
• Cultivate relationships to find potential financial supporters for international awards, grants, labs and initiatives including Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award, the Sundance Institute/NHK Award, the Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts granting program, and other designated granting programs, a Sundance Film Festival program for filmmakers receiving international awards and a Duke Foundation supported program to expand audiences for Islamic and Middle Eastern films supported by the Sundance programs. Further steward relationships to ensure continuation of current support and funding while identifying and engaging new relationships.
• Research and identify ways to further develop the International initiative and broaden the Institute’s brand and presence internationally. Research and identify areas that would be beneficial lab opportunities. Oversee the execution and implementation of development plans.
• Represent the Institute and the FFP program to domestic and international communities throughout the Industry through participation with other film festivals, panels, public speaking and other industry events.
• Hire, train and manage Coordinator of FFP-International, Festival staff and interns.
• Oversee the development and maintenance of FFP-International databases. Ensure accurate reporting for international grants., internal development and external reporting.
• Liaise with Communications Department for programs’ press releases and website pieces about the filmmakers.
• Work closely with festival staff to host delegations at the festival including NHK, Mahindra, etc.
• Organize Global Filmmaker Award Reception at the festival including determining the invite list, program, overseeing the execution of the logistics, etc.
• Oversee and manage departmental budget with Coordinator, Feature Film Program, Int’l.
Other duties as assigned.
Requirements/CertificationsEmployee has legal authorization to work in the United States
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
• Bachelor’s Degree in a related field required, advanced degree a plus.
• 5 years directly related experience required.
• Prior experience working internationally in the film and/or arts industry required.
• Prior experience with creative script development and rough cuts required.
• Prior film production experience extremely helpful.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
• Extensive knowledge of and interest in world cinema a must.
• Demonstrated innovative curation skills – must possess the ability to identify new and exciting projects.
• Must be detail oriented and have high level of organizational abilities.
• Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and FileMaker Pro
• Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
• Demonstrated cultural awareness and sensitivity.
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