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Start Date:             Immediate          

Reporting to:         Executive Director

Location:                Toronto, Canada  (currently remote)

Salary:                     $80-90 K/Annual


Program Director

The Program Director works closely with the Executive Director and Development Director strategizing and executing Reelworld’s screenings, industry and professional development programs. The position oversees and provides leadership to Reelworld’s current programmers, associate programmers, programming managers and coordinators for Reelworld Film Festival and Reelworld Screen Institute’s year-round programming. 



Key Responsibilities


  • Ensure that all programming (curatorial and educational) aligns with Reelworld’s strategy.

  • Provide Executive Director and Sponsorship and Development team with input for the development and preparation of funding proposals, budgets, marketing, and operational considerations.

  • Work with the communications department to develop media and marketing strategies for programming.

  • Develop strategies that incorporate major live-event, digital, interdisciplinary, interactive, and social elements into the festival.

  • Build, support and manage key stakeholders and creative partner relationships in relation to programming.

Additional Duties

  • Lead Reelworld’s programming team by establishing clear evaluation criteria and priorities, critical paths and deadlines by which they are to operate.

  • Manage the work of multiple direct reports.

  • Direct the film submission and solicitation process, screening and evaluation systems, scheduling operations, and curatorial note creation.

  • Supervise the selection of diverse programming that consider multiple factors, including audience and media response, originality, and creative merit.

  • Formulate and manage departmental budgets.

  • Research and screen potential festival films, sharing notes with Programming team.

  • Lead weekly meetings with Programming team to discuss potential films and programming.

  • Develop and maintain strong industry relations, proactively working to expand local and Canadian networks.

  • Represent Reelworld at relevant national industry events including the media.

  • Maintain excellent working relationships with domestic filmmakers, distributors, and other content and media entities.

  • Oversee guest filmmaker relations and maintain a high standard of hospitality.

  • Host live in-person Q&As / pre-recorded Q&As, moderate workshops as required.


Required Skills and Experience


Post-secondary education or equivalent experience in film/TV.

Proven track record of at least 5 years of experience in program development, industry programming and film programming for film festivals, broadcast stations or arts organizations.

Strong understanding of the Canadian Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, North African, and Latin American Canadian filmmaking communities, familiarity with major festivals and key players, and depth of knowledge about current industry trends.

Digital media, event production or arts administration experience are strong assets.

Management and budgetary background.

Solid experience in fostering relationships with filmmakers.

Strong knowledge and interest in Canadian cinema with a passion for scouting talented emerging filmmakers.

Solid understanding of industry trends with the purpose to review films from the artistic, aesthetic, points of view.

Strong public speaking and presentation skills required.

Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines.

Proven team player who is both flexible and adaptable.

Bilingualism (English and French) are assets.

Available to work during normal business hours and on evenings / weekends as required.




Please submit your resume and cover letter to Niagara Street HR Consulting Inc. at


Your application must include:

A cover letter outlining the qualifications and experience you would bring to the position including your experience working with Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, North African, and Latin American Canadian communities.

A resume including a link to your profile and your LinkedIn profile.


No phone calls please.


Applicants will be reviewed immediately until the role is filled.


Applicants with disabilities who are qualified and selected for an interview will be accommodated upon request.


Reelworld welcomes applications from underrepresented communities such as Indigenous, Black, Asian and People of Colour.


Reelworld Screen Institute and Foundation thank all those that apply, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Reelworld Screen Institute and Foundation is an equal-opportunity employer.

Please send resume and cover letter to:


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