Date Posted: Feb 14, 2020
Application Deadline: Feb 21, 2020
Start Date: Mar 25, 2020

Hourly From: $15/hr To $20/hr
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
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Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Administrative
Job Type: Contract
Career Level: Entry level/ intern

Organization Description

Toronto International Film Festival
TIFF is a charitable, cultural organization dedicated to presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema and creating transformational experiences for film lovers and creators of all ages and backgrounds in our home - TIFF Bell Lightbox. Our mission: To transform the way people see the world, through film. 

TIFF is committed to embracing diversity and treating all individuals with respect, dignity and fairness by removing physical, social and economic barriers to participation.  

Job Description

Seasonal Assistant, Festival Programming 

Reporting to the Senior Coordinator, Festival Programming, the Seasonal Assistant, will provide administrative support to the Festival Programming department. 

  • Assist with data entry and proofing of the tentative and confirmed film schedule; 
  • Assist film departments with entering film tracking information into the database, as required and according to established guidelines; 
  • Assist with creating film and hospitality invitations for a designated group of film programmers and programmes; 
  • Assist with creating additional discretionary hospitality invitations, as required; 
  • Assist with the management of departmental email addresses and organizing the information to be communicated, as required; 
  • Assist with sending tentative and confirmed Festival screening schedule notification letters; 
  • Prepare materials for meetings, including Prog List meetings and as required; 
  • Assist with creating Festival presentations, as required; 
  • Send and track RSVPs for Festival events; 
  • Assist the Manager, Festival Programming with proofing the Official Film Schedule, Press & Industry Guide and online film schedule; 
  • Assist the Senior Coordinator, Festival Programming with organizing special events run by Festival Programming in the lead up to and during the Festival, including orientation sessions, the Festival Programming Summer Brunch, the Filmmakers’ Brunch and Directors’ Dinners; 
  • Provide additional administrative support to the Senior Director, Film as required; 
  • Write a detailed post-mortem report. 
  • Fluency in a second language will be given preference

March 25-October 31, 2020 


  • Post-secondary degree/diploma; 
  • Excellent organizational skills and a keen eye for detail; 
  • Precise memory for names, positions, companies and situations; 
  • Mature personal judgment, exhibiting a high level of professionalism and diplomacy; 
  • Able to handle difficult situations and people with aplomb and grace; 
  • Excellent phone manner, communication fluency and interpersonal strengths; 
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel, Google Suite, and relational databases (experience with Artifax considered an asset); 
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment; 
  • Desire and ability to take initiative and coordinate projects; 
  • Ability to work and respond well in fast-paced and high pressure environments with a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends; 
  • Fluency in a second language considered an asset; 
  • Previous festival or event planning experience considered an asset; 
  • Degree or diploma in Film Studies or related area considered an asset. 

How to Apply:

  • Please submit a cover letter and resumé as one PDF or Word document, by 5pm on Friday, February 21 2020. 
  • All applications must be submitted online through the posting found on our website 
We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview are contacted. Candidates must be legally able to work in Canada at this time.TIFF regrets that it is unable to sponsor employment Visas; however, TIFF considers and welcomes individuals on time-limited Visa status for this position. For consideration to those on time-limited Visa status, your Visa must allow you to complete the full contract. 

Please send any questions via e-mail only to

TIFF is committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible environment where employees feel valued and respected, and where every employee has the opportunity to realize their potential. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations, if required. If you are a person with a disability and require assistance during the application and/or hiring process, please contact us in advance at or 416-599-8433 x2001, and we will work with you to meet your needs. 


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