Now Hiring! We are looking for a full time Festival Director to lead our team.

Job Description

Position: Festival Director

Reports to: Midwest Independent Film Festival Board of Directors


Now in its 18th year, The Midwest Independent Film Festival is the nation's only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, presenting audiences with regionally produced independent cinema every first Tuesday of the month at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark in Chicago.  This year-round film festival sits proudly at the center of the independent film scene in Chicago and the Midwest and is dedicated to celebrating and strengthening that community.

Midwest Independent Film Festival is searching for a dynamic, entrepreneurial Festival Director to lead the organization during its next phase of growth. The Festival Director oversees all development, operations, communications, and programmatic functions for Midwest Independent Film Festival.  Equally essential is having a passion for film and the Midwest. This person will be a key leader in the organization, interfacing both with internal team members and stakeholders and with external partners, allies, and prospective supporters.

Essential Duties

Development/Fundraising (45%)

Develop and execute a fundraising strategy that includes event sponsorship, individual donors and grants, as well as identifying and increasing event-based revenue streams, fundraising acquisition through grant writing, special events and sponsorship development, cultivation and stewardship.

Programming and Event Production (30%)

Serve as the lead programmer and event producer for nine monthly screenings, as well as the Best of the Midwest Awards, the festival’s largest fundraising event and annual awards show.

Programming: Supervise an assistant and/or submissions coordinator to ensure consistent evaluation of submissions by screening committee, recruit and cultivate annual screening committee members and special juries; track promising Midwestern produced films for potential screenings; curate nine programs including special focus nights such as female filmmaker night, advertising community shorts, pilots and web series or comedy night.

Event Production: Plan, market and manage all aspects of the First Tuesdays screening events, including programming a monthly feature or shorts program and producers panel; Plan and present the annual Best of the Midwest Awards event; Maintain strong relationships with event vendors and in-kind sponsors.

Organizational Management (25%)

Interface with the existing Board of Directors and Advisory Council to set goals and evaluate programming and policies; cultivate and maintain the acquisition of board members as required by the By-Laws; maintain and create new strategic growth opportunities that attract, keep and motivate a diverse high quality staff and sponsorship pool.
Manage and meet annual budget requirements; maintain day-to-day operations; oversee and implement core marketing, membership and volunteer management functions with the goal of increasing Festival recognition throughout the Midwest.

Additional duties as needed, such as attending industry events, press relations and filmmaker correspondence.

Applicant Requirements:

The ideal candidate will have 5+ years experience leading a film festival or similar 501(c) (3) arts organization, a strong regional film network and a highly regarded reputation within the film industry. This full-time position requires interacting with a wide variety of established industry leaders and up-and-coming professionals. Applicants must possess excellent written and oral communication skills; a strong understanding and knowledge of utilizing different social media outlets; the ability to develop and foster relationships with a wide variety of constituents including filmmakers, community and industry leaders, sponsors and audience members. Bachelor’s degree required.

Work Requirements: 
This is a full-time position. Hours may exceed 40 hours per/week. Evening and weekend hours required. Midwest Film, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Ability to drive and/or own a reliable vehicle is strongly recommended. 

Competitive and commensurate with education and experience.

Interested parties should forward a resume with salary history/expectations to Please include a cover letter addressing the required skills, along with 2 professional references.

Applications must be received no later than Wednesday, May 30th, 2018.

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) organization, and an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, veteran status or any other protected status.