Programming Coordinator

About the Position

This position is funded by a program operated by Miziwie Biik. In order to be considered for this position, all candidates must be:

  • Registered or eligible to register at Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training
  • Must be First Nation, Inuit or Metis
  • Must reside within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

To register with an employment specialist with Miziwie Biik, please contact


Watch the video of our Programming Lead to know more! Click Jess – Join tqff

This is an entry-level position, meaning you don’t need job experience to apply.  

About TQFF

The Toronto Queer Film Festival was launched in 2016 in response to an urgent need for exhibition space for work by, and about marginalized queer and trans people.


TQFF serves the 2SLGBTQ+ community through five primary mandates:

1) By exhibiting queer independent and experimental film/video art;

2) By supporting the production of alternative queer film and video art through community-based arts education;

3) By fostering community development and engagement through making our programming accessible to all;

4) By decolonizing artistic and curatorial practices and advocating for decolonizing queer art and activism;

5) By programming work made by and for queer and trans Indigenous people, people of colour, and people living with disabilities.

TQFF distinguishes itself from other Toronto cultural events that serve the 2SLGBTQ+ community by focusing on art that challenges and expands social, political, and artistic conventions. Our curatorial mandate is to centre the programming of work by and about queer and trans people of colour, Indigenous people, and people with disabilities, as well as the work of local artists, low-income, DIY filmmakers, and emerging artists.

Our goal is community building: creating space for queer and trans filmmakers and audiences to come together in the spirit of art and activism.


Programming Coordinator

The Programming Coordinator works with the Artistic Director and Lead Programmer to ensure that the Programming Dept. is well organized and that we are meeting our deadlines. They are a key part of the Selection Committee – watching submissions, participating in discussion and helping make our long list the absolute best it can be. They will also assist with writing and editing our annual program guide and help out Q&As and events during the festival.


The key characteristics we are seeking in a Programming Coordinator are:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Organized
  • An interest in film and video
  • An openness to learn and adapt


Prior experience working for a film festival or an active art practice are both great, but not mandatory.


Specific Duties

With the Lead Programmer, the Programming Coordinator will:


  • Assist with drafting Programming Department work-back calendar
  • Coordinate and managethe Selection Committee
  • Manage online submission platform Film Freeway, including adding judges, changing permissions and judging status, assigning films to the Selection Committee and helping to vet films
  • Assist in watching, taking notes and recommending films/video for programming
  • Assist in writing filmmaker and partnership contracts
  • Assist in programming and grant research
  • Assist in writing/editing the festival program guide
  • Coordinate department logistics and day-to-day correspondence with the public
  • Assist with file quality control checks


The Programming Coordinator will also have the opportunity to take the lead in curating a screening of their own in Spring/Summer 2022.

This position would require approximately 30-35 hrs/week with extended hours during events and the festival. There is some flexibility in the scheduling of work hours to be determined with the Lead Programmer, and the Programming Coordinator will be responsible for tracking and documenting their hours.       



The Programming Coordinator will be paid $22/hour.


Hours/length of contract:   

One year contract, full time (35 hrs/week).


Additional Information

All staff at TQFF work remotely from home.

The Lead Programmer, Jess Murwin, is indigenous (Mi’kmaw) and TQFF works with organizations like the Indigenous Curatorial Collective, Miziwe Biik and others to create strong bonds with the larger Indigenous community in Tkaronto and beyond.

This position includes occasional nighttime or extended hours during scheduled events, such as the annual festival and year-round screenings.

COVID-19 info: TQFF operates 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 encouraged to apply, and additional support for staff with disabilities is available.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest outlining their relevant experience and why they are interested in this position. Applicants must also fill out the Miziwie Biik employment form and submit a resume for the Miziwie Biik application process. Please submit all materials by October 12th, 2021 5 PM EST to, as well as any requests for accommodation during the hiring process.

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.