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The Calgary International Film Festival’s mission is to entertain and engage audiences by curating the most innovative and compelling films and creating remarkable festival experiences.

The festival is a 12-day showcase of up to 200 multi-genre films from Canada and over 40 other countries, hosting gala events, screenings, award ceremonies and special presentations. Additionally, the festival co-presents other programs, such as Doc Soup, throughout the year.


Projectionists are responsible for the operation of all technical aspects within the cinema, including the audio, lighting and on-screen content. This includes the testing of provided materials for playback and making sure that all systems are functional for film screenings, performances, Introductions, and Q&As.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Test content in the cinema and make note of aspect ratios and audio levels to ensure proper playback.
  • Set up and test Intro and Q&A equipment, including microphones, lights and other audio/visual equipment as required.
  • Create and test DCP playlists for feature films and short film packages.
  • Prepare playback of any other provided formats, e.g. backup Blu-rays.
  • Work with Venue Volunteers, Ushers, and Programmers to ensure that microphones are ready for Intros and Q&As.
  • Communicate with the Venue Coordinator and the Venue Ushers to open venues and start films on time.
  • Communicate with the Venue Coordinator and the Technical Manager regarding entertainment inside or around the cinemas.
  • Play all on-screen content for the festival, including sponsor advertisements, shorts, and films.
  • Provide detailed post-mortem notes and archived files (hard and electronic) relevant to the position and the work accomplished following the festival.


  • Outstanding collaborator and team player.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and have the ability to work calmly and excel under tight deadlines.
  • Strong organization and attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Knowledge of film and digital video formats.
  • Knowledge of film and video presentation equipment (decks, projectors, etc.).
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, DCP servers (GDC, Doremi/Dolby, etc.) is an asset.
  • Experience with basic audio mixers, wireless microphones, and basic lighting systems.
  • Strong sense of professionalism.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Computer skills and experience with Microsoft Word and Excel as well as database software is an asset.
  • The ability to keep accurate and detailed records.
  • Experience in live events is an asset.
  • Previous cinema projection experience is an asset.

Employment Type: Fixed Term Contract

Start Date: Starts September 1, 2018; ends September 30, 2018

Hours: Varying as schedule. Evenings and weekends required, especially during the festival (September 19 – 30, 2018)

Required Availability: Tuesday, September 4 (all day); Monday, September 10, 4:00 – 8:00pm

Reporting To: Technical Manager

Salary/Fee: $20.00 per hour

To apply email a resume and cover letter in a single document to by Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Please use Projectionist as the email subject line.

We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.