Job Posting – Communications Intern


Communications Intern

Gimli International Film Festival (GIFF) 2022


The Festival

The Gimli International Film Festival (GIFF) is a 5-day event that takes place in Gimli, Manitoba July 20 to 24 inclusive. It is widely recognized as Manitoba’s premier Film Festival, and the largest rural Film Festival in all of Canada. Screenings and events take place in various locations throughout the community, with the largest and most popular event, the famous Beach Screenings, drawing thousands of spectators over the course of its 5-night run.


Program Description

The Communications Intern (CI) reports to the Executive Director and is an entry-level training position for a 16-week period running from April to July 2022.


Under the guidance and mentorship of the Executive Director, this full-time position (35 hours/week) would learn and support the communication needs of the festival. Areas of focus would be social media and traditional media activity, engaging with sponsors and donors, working on website content, press releases, speeches, and announcements, as well as working on Festival program advertisements, physical and digital.


Duties of the Communications Intern:

With support from the Executive Director and following the communications strategy, the CI will work to implement all required communications activities for the 2022 Gimli International Film Festival, including:

  • Assisting with the creation and posting/publishing of content for social media accounts.
  • Fielding of inquires through social media accounts with the appropriate information.
  • Assisting in the execution of GIFF’s annual press conference.
  • Assisting with the coordinating of GIFF’s media sponsors.
  • Writing drafts and releasing of GIFF official press releases to media, sponsors, filmmakers, passholders, and other stakeholders, as necessary.
  • Writing drafts and posting of GIFF Blog Posts on the festival website, for dissemination via social media.
  • Updating of GIFF’s email contact lists.
  • General promotion of GIFF’s 2022 film line-up, events, and activities.
  • Assisting with requests for interviews from media, which will include scheduling GIFF staff and exhibiting filmmakers for media hits.
  • Working on the GIFF media hit archive that documents all our 2022 press coverage, with both physical copies (newspapers, print) and a digital database for posterity.
  • Updating and editing the GIFF website.
  • Other duties as required.


*The Festival Communications Intern must be available to work in Gimli from Wednesday, June 1 to Friday, July 29, 2022. (TBC due to COVID-19 restrictions)


Ideal applicants for the 2022 Gimli International Film Festival Communications Intern position should have the following:

  • A degree or diploma in Communications or Marketing or another related field.
  • Experience working in the Arts & Culture sector is an important asset.
  • Involvement in the film community or in film and video production is an important asset.



  • Excellent organizational, writing, and verbal communication in English. Fluency in speaking and writing in French is an asset.
  • An understanding of the local and global filmmaking community and industry.
  • Experience in marketing, communications, or event promotion.
  • Ability to live in or near Gimli from June 1 – July 29 is required (TBC due to COVID restrictions).
  • Must demonstrate ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to take initiative, show good judgment, and manage projects from beginning to end.
  • Must demonstrate ability to communicate and work well with other staff and volunteers.
  • Excellent writing, editing and proof-reading skills.
  • Technical photography, A/V, graphic design, or video editing skills would be a considerable benefit.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Professional demeanor; outgoing and friendly personality, good customer service skills.
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, databases, and social media.
  • Experience with WordPress is an asset.
  • As an equal employer, the Gimli International Film Festival is dedicated to hiring from minority communities (Indigenous, visible minority, LGBTTQ*, physical/mental accessibility needs, etc.) and we ask that any applicants who view themselves as such please self-identify in the application process.


Internship Terms

  • Internship April 19 – August 5th, 2022
  • Position is 5 days a week, 7 hours a day, 9am-5pm, with a one-hour unpaid lunch break, and two 15-minute paid breaks per day.
  • Candidate must be available to work in Gimli from June 1st to July 29th. (TBC due to COVID-19)
  • Salary is based on $15/hr, 35 hrs/week x 16 weeks.


To apply please send a cover letter and a resume to with the subject line “CI Application”.


DEADLINE:  5 pm – Thursday, April 4, 2022


For more information about the festival and the town, visit:


Thanks for applying!