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Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Seeking Executive Director

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival [MNFF], a Top 100 Best Reviewed Film Festival worldwide on FilmFreeway and celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, is seeking a new Executive Director to guide the Festival into its second decade. Our goal is to hire a new Executive Director by August 1 or sooner, with his/her/their duties commencing in September 2024, following an introduction at the Festival in late August. The MNFF is a highly successful and selective regional film festival buttressed by robust community support. The position of Executive Director is a full-time, year-round job, with significant emphasis on the five-month period of peak responsibility between April 15 and September 15, during which time the Executive Director must be in residence in the greater Middlebury area. The ideal candidate for this position will exemplify the following essential elements:

  • Demonstrate extensive experience in management or in a leadership position of a non-profit arts or cultural organization (6 – 8 years). Preference will be given to those who have had successful film festival management experience.
  • Indicate an ability to juggle myriad producing elements that relate to film festival operations, such as: recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising student interns; working with media organizations on press and publicity opportunities; coordinating with a graphic designer on a range of print and digital advertisements; scheduling a complex multi-day event that includes a robust film screening schedule along with various panels, presentations and social events.
  • Offer evidence of a strong ability to cultivate and maintain positive relationships with community members, donors, sponsors and stakeholders to secure and advance the overall health of the Festival, including a demonstrated ability to fundraise.
  • Indicate fluency in writing successful grant applications.
  • Exhibit an expansive appreciation for films and the art of filmmaking.

The Executive Director, in coordination with the Artistic Director, will assume operational management of the core elements of the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, including, but not limited to:

  • Following the Artistic Director’s final selection of accepted films from those submitted to the Festival, manage all filmmaker relations including overseeing with the Associate Producer the procuring of all films, securing the essential promotional materials for all films, and meeting the housing and travel needs of all visiting filmmakers.
  • In consultation with the Artistic Director, build a list of curated feature films, i.e., those not directly submitted to the Festival, for possible inclusion in the Festival program; and following the final selection of curated titles by the Artistic Director, negotiate license fees and arrange for their booking and delivery with their respective distributors.
  • Collaborate with the Artistic Director to identify possible Festival Honorees and special guests, and once selected, arrange for their honoraria, and travel to and lodging at the Festival.
  • Recruit, train and assign moderators to lead Q&As with attending filmmakers and audiences following screenings of films.
  • Work with the Festival interns to create the official Festival trailer and, following approval by the Artistic Director, deploy the trailer on the Festival website and other locations.
  • Work with the Festival interns to build the Opening Night pre-screening graphics that accompany the ceremony; after discussing with the Artistic Director, write the introductions and acknowledgements for the Opening Night pre-screening ceremony.
  • Oversee the creation, with the Festival interns, of the graphic elements of the Closing Night Ceremony and VTeddy Awards; and in collaboration with the Artistic Director, present the VTeddy Awards to the winning filmmakers and Honorees.
  • Oversee the MNFF Franklin Film Development Fund, which awards $10,000 grants to alumni scriptwriters through an annual competition. Also recruit and maintain a small group of judges and raise money to sustain the Fund.
  • Meet bi-annually (and as needed) with the MNFF Board. The Executive Director will generate, in consultation with the Board Chair, each meeting’s agenda. After consulting with Festival accountants, the Executive Director will present to the Board financial reports, including P&Ls, past and present, current Balance Sheets and proposed Budget priorities. The Executive Director will also discuss fundraising progress and identify any future insurance needs and legal and regulatory requirements. The Executive Director will also outline, in collaboration with the Board Chair,  an annual planning retreat to fully take stock of Festival operations and its ongoing mission.
  • Manage “off-season programming” – October through May – which presently includes “MNFF Selects,” a monthly film series with screenings at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, and the “MNFF Vermont Tour,” which involves a three-day late fall tour of several Vermont communities offering three or four prominent feature films from the previous main Festival. Both programming initiatives will involve close collaboration with the Artistic Director, who will take the lead on film selections.
  • Develop, in consultation with the Artistic Director, an enhanced “educational” program in collaboration with Town Hall Theater in Middlebury to engage students and the larger community in discussions of films and the language of filmmaking.

The annual salary for the MNFF Executive Director position, with the starting date of September 15, 2024, is between $60,000 and $70,000, commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Please e-mail a letter of application, resume, and the names of three references with their contact information to elizabeth@middfilmfest.org by May 31, 2024. The MNFF is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

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