ABOUT THE SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SGIFF)
Founded in 1987, SGIFF is the largest and longest-running film event in Singapore. It has become an iconic event in the local arts calendar that is widely attended by international film critics, and known for its dynamic programming and focus on groundbreaking Asian cinema for Singapore and the region. Committed to nurturing and championing local and regional talent, its competition component, the Silver Screen Awards, brings together emerging filmmakers from Asia and Southeast Asia while paying tribute to acclaimed cinema legends. With its mentorship programmes, masterclasses and dialogues with attending filmmakers, the Festival also serves as a catalyst for igniting public interest, artistic dialogue, and cultural exchanges in the art of filmmaking. The SGIFF is organised by the Singapore International Film Festival Ltd, a non-profit organisation with Institution of Public Character (IPC) status.
The festival is currently seeking individuals for the following positions:
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Head of Programming (“Head”) will be responsible for the overall programming strategy, planning and execution of the annual Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), the Silver Screen Awards (SSA) and any other related events and year-round activities for e.g. educational programmes, talks and seminars. This includes the selection of films/programme/award sections and invitations to filmmakers/festival committees/VIP guests/ nominees etc. The Head is responsible for maintaining the integrity and excellence of SGIFF through its programmes. The Head must have a deep understanding and be committed to SGIFF’s mission and values.
The Head is to work with the Executive Director (“ED”) to articulate the programming direction for SGIFF and jointly communicate that vision to staff, industry, media and the general public. He/she is also responsible for the healthy growth in ticket sales and audience numbers, working closely with the ED and the Marketing, PR and Ticketing teams.
1) Programme Management
• Work closely with the ED to plan programme sections and awards for the SGIFF, SSA, and all other activities of the SGIFF, including outreach and education, talks and masterclasses.
• Oversee and manage all aspects of programming including but not limited to:
• Secure films for screenings and competition with ability to secure World, International, Asian premieres, and work closely with the ED for the selection and invitation of Festival committees, Jury members and mentors, recipients of special Awards, and VIP guests;
• Supervise and be responsible for all areas of the programming department: manage and train programming staff, create professional submission systems and forms, implement film selection procedures, plan screening schedule, ensure professional film testing standards, ensure smooth delivery and return of materials for film traffic, materials’ collation, negotiate best possible fees for films, coordinate with other film partners or curators when necessary, oversee all film screenings, manage film classification process and all other necessary paperwork for programming;
• Secure and manage screening venues and partnerships together with the ED and GM;
• Collaborate with Marketing on the promotion of film submissions via Call for Entries;
• Supervise SGIFF and SSA programme booklets and content promotion with the ED and relevant teams, including timely delivery of content for all programme festival collaterals;
• Determine key success factors for programming-related matters and review the annual programming with the Programming Committee of the Board, including measurement of the success factors; and
• Maintain and monitor the programming budget set for the programming team for each festival edition.
2) Event Management
• Contribute towards events and awards management and assist these teams together with the ED and GM to ensure the smooth running of the film events.
• Assist in overseeing the hospitality arrangement of VIP guests, jury and invited filmmakers.
• Complete the production of relevant post-event reports relating to the programming of SGIFF, SSA and other activities.
• Assist in funding application documents and budget and preparation of various reports and analyses relating to festival programming to the Board and the Government.
• Contribute towards the development of PR strategies, led by ED and PR agency.
3) Stakeholder Management
• Work closely with the sponsorship team to manage programme partnerships with embassies, cultural institutions and other sponsors, including preparing programming proposals with see-through to the delivery of the agreed programme collaboration/partnership.
• Co-ordinate with related Government bureaus, business associates and partner events relating to SGIFF where needed eg. Asian Television Forum and Market, ScreenSingapore etc.
• Build good relationships and cooperation with all filmmakers and industry players; other Festivals and Programme Directors, film studios and production companies, the Board, the Board Committee members, the International Advisory Board, Government bodies, SGIFF partners e.g. Singapore Media Festival, sponsors and donors.
4) General Management
• To build a culture of trust, mutual respect, integrity and strong sense of team and collaboration within SGIFF.
• Ensure SGIFF’s outputs, activities, outcomes, and impacts are delivered as committed.
• Guide and support team’s work to achieve the team’s targets and work plans.
• To perform other tasks as assigned by ED and the Board from time to time.
• A minimum of 10 years of film programming for cultural institutions and/or film festivals.
• Demonstrated deep and broad knowledge in contemporary and classic Asian and Southeast Asian cinema with good writing skills.
• Strong contacts and network in the Singapore and international film industry.
• Shown dedication to the film community and independent cinema, and has a good professional track record.
• Knowledge of technical formats and digital projection is an advantage.
• Demonstrated management responsibilities and organizational skills. Ability to execute projects efficiently and effectively, according to schedule, quality, budget and appropriate attention to detail.
• Able to organize/prioritize work, manage multiple tasks and projects, and function effectively as a self-directed leader of multiple initiatives
Problem-solving capability with a hands-on orientation, with a high tolerance of ambiguity and a sense of urgency to complete work on tight or shifting timelines
• Strong Emotional Intelligence, impartiality and the ability to exercise good judgment
This is a full-time position based in Singapore. Suitably qualified candidates regardless of nationality and citizenship can apply. Only local terms of employment will be offered. The company will assist in the application of a work visa, if necessary.
The Business Development Manager supports the Business Director in generating income for the festival including:
• Contribute to the planning and management of the festival’s sponsorship and partnership strategy to achieve fundraising targets.
• Managing relationships with existing and new sponsors and donors, including fulfillment of sponsorship entitlements and deliverables.
• Develop sponsorship presentations and proposals, complete post-event reports and carry out sponsorship-related administrative work.
• Take charge of the planning, management and execution of fundraising-related activities.
• Contribute to SGIFF membership recruitment drives and carry out any membership-related administrative work.
• At least a Degree in related disciplines with minimum 5 years of relevant experience (sales/fundraising is a must).
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Fluency in other languages a plus.
• Driven, proactive, able to work independently and yet a good team player.
• Responsible, organized and able to meet deadlines.
• Confident interacting with all levels of people.
• Interest in film and/or the arts would be preferred.
The job title and salary offered will commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Interested applicants may send a copy of your CV including the position you are applying for, a picture of yourself, two references, and your expected salary to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 May 2017.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview.