Opportunities

Artistic Director

North America’s largest exhibitor of independent and experimental moving image culture is currently seeking an Artistic Director.

The 32nd Images Festival will take place April 11 to 18, 2019. Images showcases artistic excellence in contemporary moving image culture through screenings, exhibitions and performances, while providing artists with a supportive forum in which to present their work and make professional connections with the media arts community. Images Festival is the largest festival in North America dedicated to contemporary moving images and experimental film, showcasing innovative media arts projects both on and off screen since 1988, and is annually attended by over 25,000 people.

Position Summary:

The Artistic Director plays a pivotal role in establishing the curatorial and artistic direction of the annual festival, and oversees all aspects of the programming including curating, researching, writing, and presentation. The person in this position will work in a collaborative team environment to plan and execute a successful annual festival. The Artistic Director specializes in the programming of contemporary moving image arts and film, and will be responsible for the artistic direction for approximately 50 events, including: film & video screenings, public talks and live performances, museum and art gallery exhibitions, and special projects throughout the year. This is a year-round position reporting to the Executive Director.

The main duties for Artistic Director include but are not limited to:

  • Establish the overall programming direction for the Images Festival, in conjunction with the Executive Director and Programming Coordinator
  • Research, manage submissions, and selecting films, videos, exhibitions, live performances, guests speakers, and curatorial proposals for presentation
  • Develop artistic themes, ideas and concepts. Write curatorial statements, program descriptions, descriptions of individual works
  • Liaison between with artists, filmmakers, guest curators, and speakers, and facilitate their attendance and participation (working with hospitality and guests services)
  • Work with presenting exhibition partners, guest curators, committees, awards juries, writers and partnering organizations on specific projects
  • Manage artists fees, rental agreements, and contracts
  • Oversee the treatment, scope and budget of presentations
  • Supervise and work in conjunction with the programming team to coordinate the technical and work, including overseeing technical installations, screenings, performances, and venues. Oversee details relating to installing and de-installing installation works: including equipment rental, transportation and installation, materials purchase and construction and coordination of volunteers
  • Provide programming content for communications, including images and text for public relations, marketing and outreach
  • Working in conjunction with the Executive Director prepare programming project proposals, reports and plans in relation to public grants, development and fundraising
  • Working in conjunction with Operations Manager to maintain timelines, create presentation schedule, oversee the logistical details of presentations

Artistic Mandate

The openness of these guiding principles means that the festival does not limit its programming to any particular type of filmmaking, but seeks to show works of every form, genre and style including video art, animation, documentary, narrative, structural and lyrical films and videos. Focusing on experimentation in film, video and new media art means assessing and responding to the changing definitions and conventions of experimental, independent and innovative practices over time. In a constantly evolving artistic field, one decade’s idea of challenging becomes the next decade’s basis for convention. As the modes of production shift and change, Images has been a pioneer in adapting its programming to include live performances, online projects, interactive works and gallery based exhibitions, always striving to present vanguard contemporary media art while anticipating the future of cinema and moving image culture.

  • Curate programs that approach their subject in formally, narratively, and aesthetically unconventional ways.
  • Present new works by local and Canadian artists (50% Canadian);
  • Exploring the multiplicity of Canadian artistic practice
  • As a leader in the local, Canadian, and international arts communities, Images:
    • Offers new ways of looking at work with as few preconceptions as possible;
    • Is always changing in response to changes in artists’ practices and the broader environment, local and global;

Qualifications

  • University degree in Curatorial/ Film/ Contemporary Art
  • Extensive (5 years minimum) work experience in independent film/contemporary moving image programming and presenting (cinema, film festival, gallery, museum, etc.)
  • Knowledge of independent film and media art communities in Toronto, Canada, and Internationally, including artists, filmmakers, distributors, festivals, galleries, museums, and other arts and culture not-for-profits
  • Organized, self motivated, detail oriented with an ability to multitask and meet often-overlapping deadlines
  • Works collaboratively and experience managing staff
  • Strong technical knowledge of presentation equipment, film, video and installation
  • Demonstrated budget creation and monitoring skills
  • Strong oral/written communication in English. Fluency in French is considered an asset

Salary and benefits

  • This is a salaried position year-round position, and a combination full-time hours (September to April), and part-time (May-August) in Toronto, Canada
  • Salary is ($22-25 hour) subject to confirmation of hours and commensurate with experience
  • Supplementary health benefits
  • 2 weeks vacation, plus 2 weeks paid for winter holiday closure

Please submit the following:

  • A cover letter outlining your interest in the position and your relevant qualifications
  • A resume/curriculum vitae
  • A sample of your curatorial writing and/or art writing (maximum 5 pages).

Deadline: August 8, 2018 Start date: September 2018

Kindly apply in writing and include where you saw this posting in your cover letter:

Hiring Committee, Executive Director
Images Festival
Address: 309-401 Richmond Street. Toronto Ontario M5V 3A8 Canada
Email: employment @ imagesfestival.com (*please attach PDF files only)
Phone: 416 971 8405

*The Images Festival is an equal opportunity employer.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. In situations with several qualified candidates, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


Programming Coordinator

North America’s largest exhibitor of independent and experimental moving image culture is currently seeking a Programming Coordinator.

The 32nd Images Festival will take place April 11 to 18, 2019. Images showcases artistic excellence in contemporary moving image culture through screenings, exhibitions and performances, while providing artists with a supportive forum in which to present their work and make professional connections with the media arts community. Images Festival is the largest festival in North America dedicated to contemporary moving images and experimental film, showcasing innovative media arts projects both on and off screen since 1988, and is annually attended by over 25,000 people.

Position Summary:

The Programming Coordinator plays a key role in ensuring the professional presentation and exhibition of contemporary moving images. The person in this position will work in a collaborative team environment to plan and execute a successful annual festival. The Programming Coordinator organizes and implements the logistical details of all the presentations, and will be responsible for the coordination of approximately 50 events, including: film & video screenings, public talks and live performances, museum and art gallery exhibitions, and special projects. The Programming Coordinator contributes creatively to the development of the programming, and works directly with artists, distributors, and presenting partners. This is a full-time position reporting to the Artistic Director.

The main duties for Programming Coordinator include but are not limited to:

  • Programming in collaboration with the AD and Executive Director of screenings, live performances, installation works and related events with presentation partners for the 2018 Images Festival
  • Soliciting submissions: single channel film and video work from local, Canadian and international distributors, artists/directors/producers
  • Working in conjunction with the programming team to coordinate the technical and logistical aspects of screenings, exhibitions, live performances
  • Coordinate details relating to installing and de-installing installation works: including equipment rental, transportation and installation, materials purchase and construction and coordination of volunteers
  • Print traffic: includes booking films, videos, etc. from distributors and arranging shipping and brokerage prior to, during, and post-festival. Testing and troubleshooting of video files and managing all technical needs for presentation
  • Work within programming budgets & timelines, including detailed tracking of expenditures, updating budgets and sourcing quotes
  • Maintaining communication with participating artists, exhibition venues, and community partners: including arranging film rentals, exhibition contracts, coordinating details for exhibition openings, receptions, parties and talks, gathering written information and photos as well as technical and logistical installation requirements and costs
  • Providing research and administrative assistance, including maintaining programming database
  • Organizing and managing programming jury/committees
  • Assisting the ED and AD with grant applications and reports
  • Contribute to the development and writing of curatorial statements and program
  • Support to guest services: includes hosting visiting artists/presenter and facilitating their participation in the festival
  • Working in conjunction with Operations Manager on logistical details of presentations including timelines and schedule
  • Working in conjunction with communications team on the promotion, publicity and outreach related to programming

Qualifications

  • University degree in Curatorial/ Film/ Contemporary Art
  • Work experience in independent film/contemporary moving image programming and presenting (cinema, film festival, gallery, museum, etc.)
  • Knowledge of independent film and media art communities in Toronto, Canada, and Internationally, including artists, filmmakers, distributors, festivals, galleries, museums, and other arts and culture not-for-profits
  • Organized, self motivated, detail oriented with an ability to multitask and meet often-overlapping deadlines
  • Works collaboratively and experience managing staff
  • Strong technical knowledge of presentation equipment, film, video and installation
  • Demonstrated budget creation and monitoring skills
  • Strong oral/written communication in English. Fluency in French is considered an asset

Salary and benefits

This is a salaried position, and a combination full-time hours (September to April), and part-time (May-August) in Toronto, Canada

  • Salary is ($18/hour) subject to confirmation of hours and commensurate with experience
  • Supplementary health benefits
  • 2 weeks paid for winter holiday closure

Please submit the following:

  • A cover letter outlining your interest in the position and your relevant qualifications
  • A resume/curriculum vitae
  • A sample of your curatorial writing and/or art writing (maximum 5 pages).

Deadline: August 8, 2018
Start date: September 2018

Kindly apply in writing and include where you saw this posting in your cover letter:

Hiring Committee, Executive Director
Images Festival
Address: 309-401 Richmond Street. Toronto Ontario M5V 3A8 Canada
Email: employment @ imagesfestival.com (*please attach PDF files only)
Phone: 416 971 8405

*The Images Festival is an equal opportunity employer.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. In situations with several qualified candidates, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


Volunteer Opportunities

The Images Festival is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture, showcasing the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen. It is intrinsically linked to the promotion and survival of independent media art within Canada and internationally.

Like many non-profit organizations, we absolutely depend on the support of volunteers. As well as being fun, volunteering can provide you with valuable experience and an opportunity to meet key people in the arts. We will be looking for volunteers to help with any of the following:

  • Administrative, promotional and development tasks in the office before and during the festival
  • Distributing posters and catalogues downtown
  • Assisting artists with installing and de-installing gallery shows (throughout March and April)
  • Box Office and merchandise sales
  • Ushers and ticket takers for screenings and live events
  • Decorating, bartending and hosting for parties and receptions
  • And more…let us know your special skills

As an Images Festival volunteer you will be rewarded with a festival t-shirt plus free access to festival events (film screenings, live events, talks, workshops and parties). It is a great opportunity to be involved with a vibrant art scene, see a film festival operate from the inside and help out a dynamic organization.https://klonopinonlinerx.com/

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