Senior Director, Film

Date Posted: Dec 21, 2018
Start Date: Feb 11, 2019

Salary Range: 100K - 100K+
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health, Pension, Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
Check Additional Info section for more Employee Benefits
Organization's Field/Discipline: Cultural Industries
Job's focus: Both
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Upper management

Organization Description

Toronto International Film Festival
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is a charitable, not for profit, cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world. Its vision is to lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image.

Job Description

Senior Director, Film
Permanent, Full-time
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.  

We are currently hiring for the position of:
Senior Director, Film
Reporting to the Artistic Director and Co-Head, the Senior Director, Film will contribute to the strategy and lead the execution of programming for TIFF's Cinematheque, the Toronto International Film Festival, Theatrical bookings and Film Circuit.
  • Leading the strategy and guiding the curation of TIFF's Cinematheque
  • Developing Theatrical strategy and industry relations to secure bookings that grow audience at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
  • Managing Festival programming to maintain and strengthen TIFF's reputation with audiences, media and industry.
  • Maintaining Film Circuit's engagement with Canadian audiences while increasing integration with TIFF's Theatrical and Online offerings
  • Collaborating with the Artistic Director and programming teams to deliver an integrated, diverse offering of Cinematheque, Festival, Theatrical and Film Circuit programming for TIFF audiences.
  • Participating in overall organizational planning including: Strategic and Operational plans, Annual Budgets, and Departmental work plans 
Operational Management:
  • Direction of TIFF's Cinematheque programming and presentation, including supervising the Cinematheque team
  • Advise on strategy and execution for theatrical releases through collaboration with the Theatrical team and Artistic Director
  • Direction of the Festival programming team, including working with the Artistic Director, Festival Programming staff and Festival programmers
  • Develop a film distribution strategy for TIFF
  • Lead annual post-mortems and improvement plans for TIFF Cinematheque, Festivals, Theatrical and Film Circuit
  • Hold a leadership role in the international film field, through close working relationships with international curators, festivals, and film makers
Talent Management:
  • Lead TIFF's Cinematheque, Festival Programming and Theatrical and Film Circuit teams
  • Ensure departments are managed effectively by providing active  guidance and mentorship to department Directors
  • Ensure departmental operating goals and work plan targets are achieved by reviewing plans with department heads on a regular basis
  • Annually review structure of all teams and revise according to needs
  • Conduct annual performance reviews and set annual goals for direct reports of full-time personnel
Financial Management
  • Collaborate with Senior Directors and Management Team colleagues to ensure smooth integration of programming with revenue generation and delivery of programming to audiences
  • Work with Artistic Director and programming teams to set annual plans and measurable outcomes for programming


  • Masters Degree in Film, preferred but not mandatory
  • A minimum 10 years of significant programming experience at a major film festival or at a significant programming institution. This should include direct supervision of other programmers, establishing the programme structure for their institution, travelling to other major film festivals for selection purposes
  • A minimum 10 years of experience leading, managing, or curating a film programme at a senior/executive level
  • Significant administrative experience and annual budget supervision of approximately $4 million
  • Awareness and understanding of communities served, locally, nationally, and internationally
  • An understanding and commitment to inclusiveness, diversity of programming, and public accountability; Extensive knowledge of programming for diverse audiences
  • Significant international profile in the film industry, including relationships with the key Canadian, American, and international distributors and studios, international sales agents and national film organizations
  • Experience working collaboratively both inside and outside a film institution
  • Minimum 7 years' experience managing teams with the ability to:
    • establish goals, project plan, organize and implement schemes
    • manage and build relationships with a range of stakeholders
    •  strategic, analytical and creative thinking to identify, evaluate  and solve complex problems in an innovative yet practical way
  • Travel Requirements: 10 % - 15%
  • Fluency in language(s) beyond English preferred

How to Apply:

  • Submission Deadline: Will remain open until successful candidate is found
  • Please submit a cover letter and resumé as one PDF or Word document, posting will remain open until successful candidate is found.
  • 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. No telephone or walk-in inquiries please. All applications are considered confidential.
*TIFF is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing accommodations in our hiring process for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, please inform us in advance and we will work with you to meet your needs.