Co-Director, IF/Then Shorts
First Look MediaNew York, NY
Full Time Job
The Co-Director of IF/Then Shorts will jointly oversee facets of this robust program, which awards monetary grants and provides year-round production and distribution mentorship to short form documentary storytellers across four U.S. regions and globally. The Co-Director will be responsible for building partnerships, developing new initiatives, identifying and acting on areas of development and fundraising, following and analyzing trends in the short documentary landscape, and serving as a liaison between community-based filmmakers and the larger documentary industry.
The ideal candidate will possess partnership development experience, strong communication skills in working with directors and producers, industry connections, strong attention to detail, the ability to advise filmmakers on production and distribution deal points and contracts, and a commitment to racial and gender equity. A successful candidate will be a leader in the documentary field with an eye to short form storytelling, a confident public speaker and be able to represent the program to the global filmmaking community.
This is a shared leadership role with one direct report.
Reports to - Charlotte Cook, Co-Founder & Executive Producer of Field of Vision
Program Development and Partnerships:
Initiate and develop partnerships and collaboration for the program, identifying areas of development and fundraising, to support the granting, production, and distribution of short-form content based on the needs of our grantees and to advance the program and the field at large.
Identify potential funding avenues for IF/Then and its initiatives.
Maintain connections with existing foundation and non-profit partners and lead conversations with (others) to explore potential for support.
Write grant and program proposals and reporting narratives.
Coordinate with the Philanthropy team.
Budget oversight and reporting, internally and to funders. In collaboration with Co-Director.
Works collaboratively with FOV leadership in fundraising strategy to align both orgs' needs and strategy.
In collaboration with industry partners and IF/Then Shorts Co-Director, run open calls and program events.
Develop, supervise, evaluate, and refine all aspects of the program as needed, in collaboration with Co-Director.
Oversee and implement outreach of IF/Then Shorts.
Attend workshops, film markets, and forums to represent IF/Then where needed.
Mentorship & Strategy Support:
Provide strategic guidance to filmmakers on film completion, festival strategy, outreach, and distribution.
Overall guidance and strategy for IF/Then filmmakers around release, outreach and distribution.
Program curation for special projects such as airline partnerships, educational distribution collections, theatrical release and special events for selected grantee projects.
Other appropriately related projects/duties as assigned by the Field of Vision Executive Producer.
Background & Qualifications:
Ability to build partnerships in the nonfiction film and media field, in the U.S. and internationally.
Knowledge of the current philanthropic and film funding landscape
Existing relationships in non-profit, foundation, and commercial funding spaces.
Demonstrated experience with identifying funding opportunities and proposal writing and reporting.
Comfortable with public speaking and representing IF/Then at public events
Ability to travel
Excellent judgment, decision making, and problem-solving skills.
Detail- and deadline-oriented, with an ability to work well under pressure.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to anticipate obstacles and to prioritize tasks across multiple simultaneous projects.
Proactive commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Knowledge about the shorts distribution landscape.
Existing relationships in the non-fiction space, preferably in short form.
A keen eye for reviewing, selecting, and providing feedback on a range of film and media projects that fit the organizational mission and eligibility guidelines.
Ease in building relationships and mentoring filmmakers of all experience levels to complete work to the best of their ability with program support.
Experience developing and managing program budgets.
Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word and Excel.
Adaptability to new software, tools, and platforms.
About FIRST LOOK MEDIA
First Look Media is a new-model media company devoted to supporting independent voices, from fearless investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking to smart, provocative entertainment. Launched in 2013 by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, FLM was founded on the fundamental belief that freedom of expression and of the press, and the power of storytelling, are vital to both a vibrant culture and a thriving democracy.
About Field of Vision
Field of Vision is a filmmaker-driven organisation that commissions filmmakers and artists with developing and ongoing stories around the globe. Field of Vision is committed to advocating for the rights and needs of filmmakers, and supporting cinematic innovation and representation. Recent projects have included the Oscar®-winning feature AMERICAN FACTORY, the Oscar®-nominated features STRONG ISLAND; HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING; and Oscar®-nominated shorts A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN and IN THE ABSENCE, as well as the Emmy-winning feature CRIME + PUNISHMENT, and Emmy-nominated short THE SURRENDER.
Founded in 2015 and led by Co-Founder and Executive Producer Charlotte Cook, Field of Vision has commissioned, produced and/or supported more than 130 films - 45 features, 5 episodic series, and 85 short films. Field of Vision has an ongoing commitment supporting innovation and diversity and as such 54% of Field of Vision-supported films have been directed by women and 43% by filmmakers of color. This work has premiered at Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, SXSW, Hot Docs, Tribeca, and IDFA, among many other festivals, winning multiple Grand Jury and other awards and nominations.
Distribution partners represent a wide range of media, from publishers the New Yorker and The Intercept and Teen Vogue; distributors NEON, Showtime, BBC, PBS, Hulu; and, exhibitors New York's IFC Center and London's Institute for Contemporary Arts.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.