Maryland Film FestivalBaltimore, MD
The Maryland Film Festival (MdFF) seeks an experienced, seasonal Festival Manager to drive the successful planning and implementation of daily operations, logistics and events for the five-day, annual Maryland Film Festival, which takes place between late April and early May at the SNF Parkway Theatre and at various venues in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District in Baltimore, Maryland. The Festival Manager also provides logistics, operations, and event planning and support to artist-led film festivals incubated by the Maryland Film Festival at the SNF Parkway. Reporting directly to the MdFF Artistic Director, the Festival Manager works closely with the Director, Festival Programming, and the Parkway Operations, Development and Marketing teams to ensure the success of the annual festival and smaller incubated festivals, as well as to help ensure positive audience experiences.
Manage the successful planning and implementation of all logistics and operations of the annual festival,
o Campus layout - festival screening and panel venues, hotel, hospitality venues, and operations headquarters.
o Recruitment, hiring, and supervision of all seasonal staff members
o Box office and ticketing set up and management.
o Volunteer recruitment, development, training and coordination.
o Guest and VIP Services, including travel, hospitality, ticketing, and welcome materials and gifts
for all visiting guests and filmmakers.
o All festival events - parties, panel discussions, the Filmmaker Taking Charge Conference and
other special events.
o Oversight of the setup and configuration of campus venues to meet predetermined standards. o Coordination, distribution, and facilitation of all communication with providers of point-of-sale
equipment, campus venue materials, signage and all necessary supplies.
o Tracking of pre and post inventory of all venue operations equipment.
o Securing city permitting.
o Coordination of weekly seasonal staff meetings,
o Management of the progress within each staff function in the lead-up to the festival.
o Establishing departmental deliverables and delegation of tasks as necessary.
o Serving as point-person to facilitate all logistics and operations functions for pre-festival set-up,
during the five-day festival, and during the festival break down.
o Working closely with the Parkway Operations, Marketing and Development teams to coordinate
and fulfill in-kind services and products, donations, sponsorship packages, and merchandise to
be sold at the festival.
o Management of all vendor, seasonal staff, and volunteer relations, and coordination of
payments, receiving feedback, and coordinating post-festival retrospectives to gain important
insights and inform future festival planning and production.
o Performance of pre and post festival walkthroughs to ensure each venue is ready for filmmaker
and general public opening and are returned to the original set-up prior to the festival.
o Addressing any logistical, personnel, or audience issues immediately and escalating issues to the
rapid response team as needed.
o Write-up of a comprehensive written wrap report as directed.
o Other duties as assigned.
The start date for this seasonal role is January 2020, and there is an opportunity for the position to become a fulltime role with MdFF.
About the Maryland Film Festival
The mission of the Maryland Film Festival (MdFF) is to bring films, filmmakers, and audiences together in a friendly, inclusive atmosphere that reflects the unique aspects of our community, while participating in and adding to the larger film dialogue across the country and across the world. Film for Everyone.
Founded in 1993 as the nonprofit Producer's Club of Maryland, MdFF owns and operates the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre, a 1915 Renaissance Revival style theatre, renovated and reopened in May 2017, as well as the annual five-day Maryland Film Festival.
In the fall of 2018 MdFF adopted a five-year plan (2019-2023) to fully realize its role in Baltimore and the field as a respite for filmmakers, a world-class destination for cinema, and a stalwart advocate for the democratizing the power of story, as told through film, and expressed through each individual storyteller's voice. The SNF Parkway functions as a multi-disciplinary film, community, and education hub serving a broad cross-section of the Baltimore public and beyond. MdFF works to leverage the powerful assets of the Johns Hopkins University, Maryland Institute College of Art, and surrounding campus communities to function as a vibrant, regional nerve center for dialogue, discussion, and debate on the key issues of the day, with film as the central axis in broad public discussions. Through programming, education and community ventures, MdFF is establishing a year-round a platform for ''all'' voices that are reflective of the diverse population of greater Baltimore and the nation.
MdFF's annual five-day international festival takes place in beautiful downtown Baltimore each Spring, presenting top-notch film and video work from all over the world. Each year the festival screens approximately 50 feature films and 80 short films of all varieties-narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, and hybrid-to tens of thousands of audience members. For every North American feature film screened within the festival, a filmmaker attends the festival to present their work. The festival prides itself on creating a unique, accessible, and competition-free atmosphere. Each year since 2004, the festival has dedicated its opening night to a collection of short films.
The hundreds of filmmakers who have hosted screenings with Maryland Film Festival include such names as John Waters, Barry Levinson, David Simon, Kathryn Bigelow, Jonathan Demme, Melvin Van Peebles, Alex Gibney, Matt Porterfield, Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz, Lisandro Alonso, Todd Solondz, Barry Jenkins, Greta Gerwig, Bobcat Goldthwait, Alex Ross Perry, Riley Stearns, Julius Onah, and Lena Dunham.
In addition to a wide range of contemporary North American films, each festival also includes a sampling of cutting-edge international features (including such titles as Dogtooth, Post Tenebras Lux, Caniba, The Human Surge, and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives); a vintage silent film with live musical accompaniment; and a feature selected and hosted by legendary filmmaker John Waters (whose choices have ranged from Joseph Losey's Boom! to Gaspar Noé's I Stand Alone). Celebrity guest hosts from outside the world of film are also invited to present favorite films, including musicians such as Ian MacKaye, Branford Marsalis, Will Oldham, Jonathan Richman, Marin Alsop, Harry Belafonte, Dan Deacon, Bill Callahan, Abdu Ali, Beach House and members of Animal Collective.
The Maryland Film Festival has been named one of MovieMaker Magazine's ''25 Coolest Film Festivals In the World'' four times in recent years (2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019), as well as earning repeated praise from national publications such as The New Yorker, and ArtForum.
Since 2017, the SNF Parkway has welcomed more than 110,000 moviegoers and screened 800 films, from over 60 countries. MdFF has created a world-class cinema program with films from every era, regional and genres, with a focus on supporting emerging filmmakers, and offering audiences an immersive new window into the art form. Many films and events are not offered anywhere else in Baltimore. MdFF is becoming a vibrant regional nerve center - a civic commons for great film, dialogue, emerging voices and innovators.
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