As the Artistic Director, you will be providing curatorial and executive leadership to Out On Screen’s annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival 🎬. You will oversee year-round artistic programming and ensure that it continues to be representative, impactful, challenging and relevant to our diverse audiences. This role is an amazing opportunity to support 2SLGBTQIA+ artists, directors, and storytellers in showcasing their dynamic and thought-provoking films.
- Leading the curation of the annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival, which includes Gala and Special Presentation screenings, feature film screenings, short film programs, artist and filmmaker Q&As, industry and dialogue panels/workshops, as well as parties, exhibitions and/or performances.
- Managing the VQFF’s online platform and programming, including film screenings, pre-recorded and live digital events/panels/Q&As.
- Curating year-round programming and screenings for special events.
- Collaborating with the rest of the team, leading the development of the festival theme, visual language, and written copy.
- Guiding the festival’s ethics in terms of how we talk about and relate to the work of our most vulnerable and historically underrepresented communities and how we prioritize representation.
- Ensuring that reparative and equitable programming at the festival continues to grow and deepen.
- Overseeing programming staff and technicians, including full-time, seasonal and contract staff.
The experience you bring to the table
- You have a background in the arts sector and experience with arts and film programming.
- You have a strong history of community engagement and community investment.
- You’ve demonstrated leadership in past roles and have a strong desire to grow those skills even further.
- You have solid media analysis skills, specifically around the histories of representation in visual media.
- You communicate with concision and from a storytelling perspective with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- You have a strong history of working with queer communities and solid knowledge of queer histories and vocabularies.
- You’re passionate about film and have a fantastic knowledge of Queer film.
- You believe that art has the power to create change, and you have a solid artistic practice.
- You have an understanding of power and privilege and are committed to using your leadership position to empower others.
The immediate and long term goals for programming are:
- To hire and develop a programming team that represents the diversity of Vancouver’s 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.
- To support film curation that prioritizes experiential knowledge, connecting curators with the opportunity to program films from their own communities.
- To address the absences in programming, particularly for Black, Indigenous, and disabled queer and trans films/filmmakers.
- To produce a film festival that caringly calls in diverse communities, facilitating harm-reduced spaces that are sensitive to the nuances of socio-political positioning of our audiences while creating new approaches to dialogical programming.