Director of Programming | BAVC

Director of Programming


145 9th Street #300
San Francisco, CA, 94103

Local (Bay Area)
November 27

Reporting directly to and working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Programming is responsible for artistic, curatorial, operational, and budgetary oversight for Frameline’s Festival and Filmmaker Support programs.

The Director of Programming is a charismatic and community-minded person who represents the organization within the Bay Area LGBTQ+ and Film communities. The Director of Programming uses Frameline’s world leading programs to grow audience participation and engagement.


Festival Programming
• Responsible for all aspects of curating the annual Film Festival including soliciting, screening, selecting, securing, slotting and scheduling films, as well as planning panels, seminars and special events
• Program the festival for audience growth, to represent the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community, and for the changing festival structures Covid has created
• Curate film industry initiatives to center Frameline as a core industry hub for national and international filmmaking talent.
• Oversee Festival Submissions process and integrity of data within the database
• Coordinate with and host filmmakers and talent and lead discussions, panels, Q&A’s
• Ensure high level of operational execution and exhibition presentation quality

• Supervise all Programming staff and contractors inc. Senior Programmer, Programmer, Program & Hospitality Manager, Publications Manager, and Travel Coordinator
Frameline Year Round Screenings/Cultivation Events
• Direct the implementation and programming of all non-festival programs & projects including monthly screening series and advance/sneak previews
• Oversee organization and selection of films for Frameline’s year-round programs including tracking, identifying and securing films
• Maintain relationships with collaborating partners and venues
• Pro-actively work with Studio/Distribution partners in securing advance/sneak
previews for members and fundraising purposes
Programming Department Year-Round
• Establish a presence / leadership role in the international film field, through ongoing engagement & relationships with curators, film organizations & filmmakers
• Serve as one of key representatives of Frameline at meetings of peers and colleagues, domestic and international festivals/markets, conferences and to the public
• Cultivate & maintain effective distributor & exhibitor relations & manage negotiations with distributors, producers, filmmakers, & sales agents to secure films for exhibition
• Work with external partners to share programming ideas and to develop projects/initiatives
• Ensure high level of operational execution and exhibition presentation quality
Communications & Marketing
• Oversee of Festival Publications Manager in coordinating the production of various printed and digital Festival publications
• Strategize programming related content, including alumni information and upcoming releases, for Frameline’s website, blog, eNews and social media
• Collaborate with the Executive Director and Communications Department in the development of the Festival Identity branding/marketing campaign and Trailer production for the Festival
• Work with Communications Department and Festival Publicists to generate coverage and maximize Festival publicity
• Represent the Festival and Frameline to local, national and international press
Frameline Completion Fund
• Design, implement and oversee the operations of annual granting program

• Oversee grants submission process, processing and evaluation of applications, integrity of data within Films Database
• Act as main contact for all inquiries regarding the Completion Fund
• Collaborate with Communications department on outreach to filmmakers/industry
contacts and drafting of press releases regarding the Fund
• Organize an independent jury to review short list and award grants, facilitate jury
deliberation meeting and viewing of short list
• Oversee the distribution of grant funds and ensure responses to all applicants
Frameline Film Festival Awards
• Oversee the Festival Awards program including Juried and Audience Awards as well as annual Frameline Award honoree
• Assemble members of Festival Juries, manage screening, and deliberation processes
• Oversee the distribution of award funding to recipients


• Existing relationships with filmmakers, distributors, sales agents and studios
• Direct experience of film festival production and management (5 years’ experience)
• Excellent organizational, analytical, and time management skills
• Strong management skills
• Ability to independently manage multiple personnel and projects simultaneously
while succeeding under pressure
• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, and attention to detail
• Strong competency in MS Office Suite, Filemaker Pro, and social media platforms
• Demonstrated success in arts programming, with prior film festival programming
and/or curatorial experience (5 years’ experience preferred)
• A commitment to Frameline’s mission and an understanding of its programs and role
in the broader LGBTQ+ movement, queer communities, and film industry
• Ability to make strong connections to the diverse Bay Area LGBTQ+ community and
Bay Area film community. National and international connections are also important
• Ability to attract diverse audiences to Frameline events and screenings
• Aptitude to be both engaging and professional when making presentations at events
and meetings
• Ability to program for national online audiences, plus for local theatrical audiences.
• Ability to curate film screenings that are engaging community events (with visiting
talent, parties, are special in some way, etc)
• Flexible, creative, and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment
• Capacity to take initiative, build consensus and work effectively cross-departmentally