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Programmer (Contract, June-October)

A rare opportunity to work at one of Canada’s leading arts organizations


CONTRACT:  June 15 - October 31, 2018


DEADLINE: June 1, 2018

SUBMIT VIA EMAIL: employment@imagineNATIVE.org


imagineNATIVE is seeking applications from interested individuals to join our Programming Team for the 2018 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. In advance of the Festival, Programmers are collectively required to view all submitted film & video and audio works, select works for public presentation on a consensual basis, contribute to building the annual Festival programming schedule, and contribute equally to writing programming notes. During the Festival, Programmers are required to host screening intros and Q&As, serve as Festival hosts for programmed artists, and attend relevant programming-related events. Programmers are required to attend the Festival Programming Lock Days in person on July 30 & 31, 2018 in Toronto (travel and accommodation covered), but do not need to be based in Toronto (travel and accommodation to work the Festival October 17-21, 2018 will also be covered).

For your application, we are asking for your CV/resume and a cover letter, in addition to writing an original three-sentence synopsis of a film of your choosing (please identify the film title with your submission). For examples of notes written for films/videos presented at previous Festivals, you can check out our Festival Catalogues page for reference here.

imagineNATIVE strongly encourages applications from Indigenous individuals, particularly those in regions outside of Ontario (but within Canada).


Duties/Responsibilities of a Programmer include, but are not limited to:


June 15 through August 2018:

  • Screen and provide personal evaluations of films/videos and audio works submitted to imagineNATIVE;

  • Work on consensus basis with Programming Team to determine Festival line-up in keeping with imagineNATIVE’s Artistic Policy;

  • Participate in scheduled Programming Team meetings (June to August; in person or via Skype/phone);

  • Work within all deadlines as determined and specified by the Artistic + Managing Director in consultation with the Programming Team;

  • Write programme notes (short descriptions, artists bios) for all assigned films by the copy deadline for the Festival Catalogue and Website;

  • Assist in copy editing programming sections of Festival Catalogue and Website;


October 2018:

  • Attend the Festival October 17-21, 2018 to assist with artist hosting, intros and Q&As, etc.;

  • Support special Festival programming initiatives such as indigiTALKS, Special Presentations, retrospectives, spotlights, etc.;

  • Assist with interviews prior to and during the Festival as requested;

  • Prepare and provide Festival final report, with recommendations by October 31, 2018;

  • Other duties directly related to programming may be requested.


Prior programming experience is certainly valued, but not required. We are looking for an individual with an ability to clearly articulate their opinions (verbally and written), work collaboratively and respectfully, and demonstrate their commitment to completing a large volume of work under tight timelines (approximately 400 individual works are submitted to the Festival and must be screened from the June 15th Submission Deadline to the end of July based on weekly benchmarks/assignments).

If you have any questions, please contact Jason Ryle at jryle@imaginenative.org or 416 585-2333.