Programming Assistant

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Programming Assistant

Eight-Week Contract

The Quickdraw Animation Society is hiring a programming assistant for an eight-week contract, from March 8 through April 30, 2022.

This is a short term, full-time contract (35 hours/week), and payment for the contract is $5,000, or approximately $17.85/hr.

Duties will primarily take place remotely, but some on-site work at Quickdraw’s studios or in-person events may be required, so candidates must reside in Calgary or area.

A not-for-profit artist-run centre in Calgary, the Quickdraw Animation Society is a place for people who love animation. We encourage animation production, dissemination and appreciation through screenings, workshops, courses, camps, and other events designed to ignite the public’s passion for the medium, including our GIRAF animation festival held each November.

The programming assistant will assist in the programming and promotion of Quickdraw’s events and activities for spring and summer 2022. Working closely with the programming director, the programming assistant will take on tasks that may include reaching out to artists about participation in screenings and events, obtaining permissions or negotiating fees for film screenings, watching and evaluating screeners of feature and short films, coordinating logistics for online and in-person events, creating physical and digital promotional materials, and coordinating volunteers for various events.


  • We’re a small team, so excellent communications skills, the ability to work independently, demonstrated good judgment, and initiative are all essential.
  • We provide a welcoming environment for members from diverse backgrounds; must be open-minded, with strong interpersonal skills.
  • You’ll be working on multiple tasks with a variety of deadlines; organizational and time-management skills are a must.
  • Familiarity with contemporary and historical independent animated features and shorts would be a huge asset.

Candidates who are interested in animation as an art form and who are pursuing a career in animation or media arts will be given preference.

This position is an eight-week contract, 35 hours per week, with a total wage of $5,000 or approximately $17.75/hr. The position may involve a mix of remote work and working at Quickdraw’s Sunalta studios.

Applications must include a cover letter outlining your interest and suitability, and a current resume or CV.

Please send your application including resume and cover letter before 5:00pm on Monday, February 7, 2022 to with the subject line QUICKDRAW ANIMATION Programming Assistant 2022.

We welcome applications from all qualified parties, and especially encourage applications from members of diverse communities, BIPOC artists, and artists from D/deaf and disability communities. If you have any concerns or hesitations about this posting, please contact us at the email address above.

We thank you for your interest. All applications will be confidential. Unfortunately, due to the number of submissions received, only successful candidates will be contacted.

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