Lead Programmer

The Toronto Queer Film festival is going into its fifth year, and we are expanding our team to include a Lead Programmer who specializes in curating, making media, and/or writing about Indigenous cinema, especially queer/trans/2 Spirit Indigenous film and video.

Reporting to the Artistic Director, the Lead Programmer is responsible for furthering TQFF’s mission and programming. 

The Lead Programmer will:

  • Assist in developing the overall programming direction for TQFF, in conjunction with Programming Coordinator and the TQFF Collective
  • Research, manage submissions, and select films, videos, exhibitions, live performances, guests speakers, and curatorial proposals for presentation
  • Develop artistic themes, ideas and concepts. 
  • Watch, take notes, and recommend films and video for programming that are under consideration either through our open call for entries or by research on distributors and other festivals
  • Coordinate, manage, and solicit feedback from the TQFF external selection committee, which helps to pre-screen all the submissions from our call for entries
  • Liaise and follow up with panelists, workshop facilitators and other participants
  • Develop panels and other audience engagement/educational programming in conjunction with festival and other screenings
  • Handle enquiries from filmmakers, speakers, panelists for festival and year-round programs
  • Write and edit curatorial statements, program descriptions, descriptions of individual works the festival program, other events, and TQFF blog 
  • Work closely with the TQFF Collective, volunteers, and the Symposium Committee
  • Coordinate logistics for day-of tasks as assigned 

Queer/trans/2 Spirit Indigenous artists are especially encouraged to apply, and we are open to applications from applicants with a wide range of experience. This position is part of a BIPOC block hire that includes our postings for Publicity and Social Media Manager and Bookkeeper.

This is a limited-term, part-time contractual appointment. The contract is for approximately 15 hours/week from October 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021, with the possibility of an extension if funding permits. The honorarium for this position is $12,000.

This position includes occasional night time or extended hours during scheduled events, such as the annual festival and year-round screenings. Otherwise, hours are flexible, and this is a work-from-home contract. 

COVID-19 info: TQFF is operating remotely and will not be holding any in person activities or events until the pandemic is no longer a public health risk and it is demonstrably safe to meet indoors again. As many on our team are disabled and/or immunocompromised, our standards for reopening and operating again in public will be stringent, and all procedures will be adopted by staff consensus. 

TQFF is an equal-opportunity employer. People with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply, and additional support for staff with disabilities is available.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest outlining their relevant experience, why they are interested in this position, and how their programming or curatorial approach fits with TQFF’s mission. Applicants may also submit an optional CV outlining their work and educational experience, but it is not required. Please submit all materials as soon as possible to info@torontoqueerfilmfest.com, as well as any requests for accommodation during the hiring process. If this page is still up, we are still accepting applications.

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.