Programming Manager

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Programming Manager

At the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival (MLJFF), we present some of the world’s best documentaries on the issues that are important to us as individuals, Canadians, global citizens, and humans. Our week-long festival occurs annually in November and we also present justREEL, a year-round film series. Every screening, whether it’s a festival presentation or part of justREEL series, includes a discussion with the filmmaker or experts on the film’s topic; these conversations are lively, inclusive, and enlightening, occasionally charged or even contentious, but always thought-provoking.

The programming manager reports to the executive director and oversees all programming aspects of MLJFF. Their term runs from July 1 to December 31, 2021 with the possibility of renewal for January 1 to December 31, 2022.

This position is 10 hours per month at $20/hr.


  • Facilitation of the programming committee:
    • Recruitment and training of programming committee members.
    • Scheduling, facilitation, and attendance of bi-weekly programming committee meetings.
    • Assigning films for committee members.
  • Use of FilmFreeway:
    • Maintaining FilmFreeway festival page, ensuring festival page information is up-to-date.
    • Monitoring film submissions and assigning submission to committee members.
    • Previewing submissions for quality control and relevance to MLJFF.
    • Marking films as accepted/not selected at the end of programming season.
    • Facilitation of advertising via FilmFreeway based on available budget.
  • Communications:
    • Seeking submissions by engaging with distributors and filmmakers.
    • Maintaining an email list of all previous participants.
    • Replying to all email inquiries in a timely manner.
    • Communicating with accepted filmmakers/distributors. Requesting film skills, credit lists, press kits, etc. from filmmakers and distributors.
    • Creating a monthly report of programming activities for the executive director.
  • Festival and justREEL screenings:
    • Coordination with film venue(s) or digital screening platforms to ensure screening needs are met.
    • Attendance of all screenings to ensure the smooth operation of all screening events.
    • Updating content such as pre-film and post-film slideshows as required for screenings.


  • A passion for social justice, environmental, and animal rights issues.
  • An interest and knowledge of non-fiction film and filmmaking.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and facilitation skills.
  • Research, time management and organizational skills.
  • Technical knowledge of video files, media players, and video equipment.
  • Proficient in GSuite: Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs.
  • The ability to work effectively within budget.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Video and graphic design skills.
  • Pursuit or completion of a post-secondary degree is an asset

How to Apply

Email resume or Linkedin profile to

All applicants will be interviewed to assess suitability.

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