**JOB OPPORTUNITY** – Short Film Programmer




The Short Film Programmer reports to the Festival Director and Senior Film Programmer and is responsible to preview all submitted short films as well as research, curate, coordinate and execute selection of all short film programming for the 21st annual Gimli Film Festival, July 21-25, 2021.

Duties of Film Programmer:


  • Research, curate, book and overall manage all Short Films at the 2021 Gimli Film Festival, including:
    1. Assembling and overseeing the Manitoba Shorts in Competition jury (at least 3 jurors from diverse backgrounds)
    2. Research and curation of 2-4 additional thematic shorts programs, each including local, Canadian and International short films.
  • Communicate with filmmakers/distributors and book and negotiate all screening fees of film series listed above (shorts generally paid according to the IMAA fee schedule and within a prescribed budget).
  • Coordinate incoming/outgoing print traffic for the films and film series listed above and maintain a detailed print traffic spreadsheet in coordination with the Senior Film Programmer.
  • Coordinate film ratings for the film series listed above.
  • Work with the GFF team to coordinate the film schedule and input the schedule data into the online database for all film series mentioned above.
  • Write/review copy and input information (synopsis, director, runtime, etc.) for selected films into the GFF online data base, while working closely with other staff.
  • Communicate with GFF Technical Coordinator and our A/V service providers to ensure they have exhibition copies of all films leading up to the Festival.
  • Provide a final report that summarizes your film programming and detail the actions taken by the film programmer including exporting a final list from the database of all films by genre, venue, attendance and complete a SWOT analysis.




  • Excellent understanding of the local and global filmmaking community and industry.
  • At least two years experience programming or curating for film festivals or arts organizations.
  • At least five years involvement in the Manitoban, national or international film/arts community.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to take initiative, show good judgment, be self-motivated and manage projects from beginning to end.
  • Excellent writing, editing and proof-reading skills.
  • Exceptional ability to manage details and multitask in a fast –paced environment and meets deadlines. Experience in event management a definite asset.
  • Technical A/V or video editing skills a considerable benefit.
  • Work effectively both independently and as part of a team.



GFF is an equal opportunities employer and as such we highly encourage applications for this position from women, Indigenous persons, people of colour, or persons living with a disability. If any of this applies to you, we encourage you to self-identify in the application process!


Contract Terms:


  • Start date: March 1, 2021
  • End date: July 30, 2021
  • This is an independent contractor position. The independent contractor understands and agrees to the responsibility of their own CRA payments and reporting.
  • Short Film Programmer will report to the Festival Director and works in conjunction with the Senior Film Programmer & GFF Program Committee.
  • Pay range from $15-$20/hr (depending on experience)


To apply please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@gimlifilm.com with the subject line “Short Film Programmer Application”.  This posting is available in alternate formats upon request.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens OR have all proper work permits to be able to work legally in Canada.  Proof of work permits for non-Canadian citizens must be included with application.

DEADLINE:  5PM CST, February 15th, 2021


Thanks for applying!