The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is currently accepting applications for the

following role: 


A rare opportunity to work at one of Canada’s leading arts organizations celebrating its 18th year October 18-22, 2017

Application Deadline: April 28th, 2017

(NOTE: late applications will not be accepted)

Temporary, trainee position (22 weeks), 32 hrs/week

Rate: $16.50 CAD per hour

June 5 - November 3, 2017

Send your C.V./Resume along with a cover letter by email, with the job title in the subject

heading, to

You may address the cover letter to:

Ariel Smith, Executive Director

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

401 Richmond St. West, Suite 446

Toronto, ON M5V 3A8


The annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival – the largest Festival of its kind in the world – is seeking a dynamic, detailed-oriented, media-savvy individual who wants to learn more about multi-platform communications and executing marketing projects. Now entering its 18th year, imagineNATIVE is an international showcase for Indigenous film, video, audio, digital media, and installation art. Located in a beautiful arts-focused building at 401 Richmond Street West in Toronto, imagineNATIVE is a community-based festival and charity committed to the development and promotion of Indigenous artists and their work. This is an amazing opportunity to join one of Canada’s most successful arts organizations and learn from leaders in Toronto's vibrant independent film festival scene.

This position is funded through Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training and subject to government funding through Service Canada. Applicants must meet requirements for employment as determined by Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training, including: all applicants must be Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit), must be a registered client of Miziwe Biik, must be legally eligible to work in Canada, and must be currently unemployed or underemployed. We strongly encourage you to contact Miziwe Biik for complete details prior to applying.



(Temporary, trainee position, contract staff)

REPORTS TO: Events Manager and Executive Director

The Events Trainee will support the Events Manager in planning, executing and reporting on all Festival related venues and events. This includes our main venue, the TIFF Bell Lightbox, in addition to related events before and during the Festival, including Welcome Gathering,art exhibitions and all social events. The Events Trainee receive training related to events management at the world’s largest Indigenous film festival. The successful candidate will be at the centre of planning a successful annual event that attracts 19,000+ Festival attendees. This position is an excellent opportunity for an individual interested in working in the event planning sector


The duties and responsibilities of the Events Trainee include but are not limited to:

Under the supervision and guidance of the Events Manager the Events Trainee will assist in the planning, management & coordination of events for the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, including:

• Accompany and assist Events Manager to research, plan, visit, and book venues, equipment, talent, catering, technical personnel, supplies, and marketing materials for all Festival non-screening events including the Welcome Reception, opening night party, closing night party, awards, music night, filmmakers reception, and any other additional event as determined by the Executive Director;

• Create and revise room layouts for each event;

• Create and revise event agendas for each event;

• Liaise and consult with service providers including venue managers, caterers, talent and any other personnel associated with Festival events;

• Learn how to negotiate the type and costs of services to be provided within a budget, and arrange payments/cheques for such services and talent;

• Liaise between the Events Manager and the Technical Director to coordinate the movement of equipment including speakers, projectors, screens, etc.;

• Assist in coordinating the movement of all equipment, talent, staff, catering, technical personnel, supplies, and marketing materials for all Festival events;

• Organize the set-up and tear-down of all Festival event locations with attention to layout, seating and décor and integrate the annual design campaign into events aesthetics;

• Will assist in running events during the Festival and act as the point-person in place of the Events Manager;

• Find solutions to problems concerning services, events or personnel and immediately advise senior management on matters requiring their attention;

• Maintain and update logistics charts and Festival events timelines and disseminate this info to all staff (liaise with all staff to ensure accuracy);

• Under direction of Events Manager, oversee Events Assistants and volunteers;

• Learn how to develop events budget and timelines, develop budgets and timelines pertaining to specific projects, and manage expenses and revenue related to events in conjunction with the Executive Director.


• Assist as a team-member with basic administrative duties to ensure the office environment is professional and efficient;

• Post-Festival reporting, including outreach conducted for the Festival and updated contact lists;

• Participate in job-related training activities as necessary;

• Participate in job-evaluations, as necessary;

• Work directly with volunteers, artists and Board Members.



• Strong, meticulous attention to detail;

• A willingness to be trained and an openness to receive and offer critical, practical feedback on processes and training;

• Comfort and familiarity with working with computer systems and applications (Excel,) and processes (Word mail merge) (training will be provided but adeptness with computers is required);

• Ability to learn and navigate online applications (Zone Festival, Survey Monkey, etc.);

• Experience with basic web design and content management an asset (but not required);

• Friendly, professional, demeanour;

• Works well in a team, individually and without supervision;

• Commitment to work scheduled business hours is required;

• Commitment to Work Festival Hours (nights and weekends) during peek season and during festival week (Compensated with time in Lieu when appropriate)

• Strong communications and interpersonal skills;

• Can function in an often fast-paced work environment;

• A demonstrated interested in the arts, film, and Indigenous communities

• An ability to work independently and as a team in a fast-past environment that requires multi-tasking, ability to think creatively on-the-spot, and a “what else can I do?” attitude.

• Possession of a Valid Drivers License is preferred


Should you have questions regarding this posting contact 416 585-233