MINNEAPOLIS ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul seeks a well-organized individual to work as Technical Manager for the 37th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, April 12-28, 2018. The Technical Manager oversees logistics, staffing, projection, and other aspects that ensure high quality exhibition of all film content. The Technical Manager reports to the Festival Manager and Programming Director.
This is a seasonal position that starts February 2018 and ends May 2018. The Technical Manager is expected to have broad flexibility leading up to and during the festival and must be able to work mornings, evenings and weekends during the event.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Responsible for all Projection Booth operations at 10+ festival venues.
- Assess tech needs, and facilitate technical equipment rental, setup and close out at all Festival venues.
- Manage expenses and adhere to budget.
- Hire, train, schedule, and manage all Technical staff for the festival including Lead Projectionist(s), Projectionists and Audio/Video Engineers.
- Oversee all technical aspects at all festival venues, including Film Screenings, Parties, Panels, Workshops, Exhibitions, Installations, etc.
- Work closely with Print Traffic & Exhibition Media Coordinator on exhibition content distribution, workflows, and securing KDMs for encrypted content.
- Oversee all DCP ingesting, show building, and QC of exhibition content.
- Coordinate with off-site venues’ management and technical staff to ensure uniform festival exhibition and content management practices.
- Lead the inspection of all digital media content and be able to troubleshoot issues that arise.
- Maintain professional exhibition standards and ensure all exhibition content undergoes QC in advance.
- Schedule and Facilitate Tech Checks for visiting filmmakers.
- Create festival DCP content, which may include: Shorts, Pre-Reel content, Slides, Features, Intros, etc.
- Utilize and develop databases to track all aspects of festival technical operations using Airtable.
- Develop and maintain clear communication channels between Booth, Operations, and Programming staff.
- Work with Festival and Operations Managers on Show Flows.
- Complete post-festival follow-up as outlined in this position’s wrap report guide.
- Experience in cinema, festival, or event management required.
- High-level competency with DCP, digital exhibition, and alternative exhibition technology required. This includes DCP, HD Cam, Bluray, DVD, Skype, DCP-O-Matic, exhibition software like Playback Pro, VLC, etc.
- Previous experience as a senior film projectionist or member of film festival technical staff.
- Previous experience coordinating staff, preferably in a film festival or cinema setting.
- High-level organization skills, attention to detail, and ability to work under multiple deadlines.
- Professional communication skills are required.
- Ability to work with a diverse set of enthusiastic individuals.
Salary & Benefits
This is a contract position paid bi-weekly. Payment DOE. If the contract is not completed, pay will be prorated. The Technical Director will receive a Staff Pass that provides entry to films in the festival. Lodging provided by festival for out of town applicants
Send resume and cover letter via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. No telephone inquiries, please.