Film Officer and Festival Manager for maternity cover, 6 months – Royal Anthropological Institute, UK

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The closing date for applications is Monday 29th October 2018 by 5pm.


The Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) is seeking to appoint a maternity cover for our Film Officer, Caterina Sartori. The Film Officer will be expected to work from the RAI’s offices in London and take an active role in the RAI’s core activities and programmes alongside other members of staff. The pursuit of ethnographic film has long been a key part of the RAI’s activities.

The contract is due to commence with effect from 7th January 2019 for 6 months, with potential to extend to up to 1 year. The person coming into post will especially be charged with managing the RAI Film Festival up until its taking place 27th-30th March 2019 at the Watershed in Bristol. The successful application should therefore have some experience at organising events, ideally film events. The post-holder must be in a position to work from and in Bristol over the course of the festival, and for a few days beforehand. Occasional earlier day-trips to Bristol will also be necessary.

It is expected that the Film Officer will have an undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree in anthropology, and to have a genuine enthusiasm for the discipline. Equally important is a demonstrable interest and familiarity with Ethnographic Film and ethnographic film makers, since the role will involve close liaison with practitioners as well as university teachers and researchers using ethnographic film in their work. The Film Officer will need to be a good communicator, competent at using social and other online media, as well as good at face-to-face contact. Event coordination skills and experience will also be especially valuable. Working as part of a small and dedicated team, the successful candidate will be expected to carry out tasks under their own initiative, to work unsupervised, and to lend a hand in more general tasks as required. It should be noted that affinity with modern developments in the digital dissemination of film is a necessary part of the role, as is the accessing, processing and selling of ethnographic films from the RAI’s important film library.

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