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Manager, Scripted Programs

The Manager of Scripted Programs will assist in TFI Scripted funding initiatives and workshops through all phases of submission, evaluation, and project selection. The Manager of Scripted Programs will follow and analyze trends in the independent film, funding, and distribution landscape (for short, feature, and episodic), and track emerging storytelling talent. They will serve as a liaison between emerging independent filmmakers and the larger film industry, as well as scout talent for TFI’s Scripted Programs and funding initiatives.

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Position Summary:

Tribeca Film Institute’s Scripted Programs supports emerging and mid-career filmmakers through grants, production prizes, workshops, an industry market, and other various forms of year-round assistance. The Manager of Scripted Programs will assist in TFI Scripted funding initiatives and workshops through all phases of submission, evaluation, and project selection, including TFI Network, Tribeca All Access, TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund and Student Prizes, AT&T Presents: Untold Stories, Our Local is Global, Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women's Filmmaker Program, and any future programs.

The Manager of Scripted Programs will follow and analyze trends in the independent film, funding, and distribution landscape (for short, feature, and episodic), and track emerging storytelling talent. They will serve as a liaison between emerging independent filmmakers and the larger film industry, as well as scout talent for TFI’s Scripted Programs and funding initiatives.

Responsibilities:

  • Review Submissions for all Scripted Programs, including Tribeca All Access, AT&T Presents: Untold Stories, TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize, Our Local Is Global, Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women's Filmmaker Program, and any future programs.
  • Communicate with prospective applicants, providing support and guidance on initiative guidelines, scripts, budgetary questions, and project proposals.
  • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with prospective talent and key industry partners.
  • Provide feedback and guidance on scripts, footage, and production plans to grantees and alumni.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of the annual TFI Network and other TFI events at the Tribeca Film Festival.
  • Manage preparation and execution of labs, workshops, and pitching sessions.
  • Serve as the point person for all department inquiries and requests.
  • Build organizational culture by serving on cross-functional teams and committees.
  • Additional duties, as assigned by the Director of Scripted Programs.

Qualifications:

  • 2-5 years of direct experience in scripted programming, curating, writing, and/or producing.
  • 2-5 years of experience in developing scripted film, shorts, or episodic content and providing feedback.
  • Strong knowledge of and positive relationships with independent film industry in feature film, short form, and/or episodic content.
  • Experience working in film and entertainment industry, which may include a production company, talent development, incubators, and/or freelance production.
  • Experience working with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Proven experience in a fast-paced environment, including strong digital information systems management.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Detail and deadline oriented, with an ability to work well under pressure.

This is a full-time (40 hours per week), non-exempt position with some after-hours and weekend work around key deadlines. TFI intentionally considers candidates from systemically excluded communities including ALAANA (Asian, LatinX, African, Arab, and Native American) populations, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities.

Compensation: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. A comprehensive benefits package includes leave time, health insurance, transit benefits, and Summer Fridays.

TO APPLY: Candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to jobs@tfiny.org. Include “Manager of Scripted Programs – [your name]” in the subject line. In the cover letter, please share why you are interested in the position and what you are bringing to the role. Please, no phone calls.

Application Deadline: Applications will be processed until the position is filled. We will only respond to shortlisted candidates.

Director, If/Then Shorts

The Director of IF/Then Shorts will oversee all facets of this robust program, which awards monetary grants through public pitches at industry events and provides year-round production and distribution mentorship to short form documentary storytellers across four U.S. regions and globally. The Director will be responsible for building partnerships, following and analyzing trends in the short documentary landscape, and serving as a liaison between community-based filmmakers and the larger documentary industry. The Director will also supervise the IF/Then Shorts Program Manager.

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The ideal candidate will possess strong creative producing and mentorship skills, partnership development experience, 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 have the potential to be a leader in the documentary field with an eye to short form storytelling.

Responsibilities:

IF/Then Shorts Funding Initiative & Regional Pitch Competitions: In collaboration with industry partners and IF/Then Shorts Program Manager, run open calls and pitch events in up to four (4) U.S. regions and two (2) international regions per year.

  • Oversee timeline of all pitch competitions and allocate staff time and resources to support the pitches.
  • Confirm festival and other prize partnerships. Negotiate terms with pitch partners.
  • Supervise all logistics related to the pitch events, including application platform set up, outreach to solicit applications from a diverse set of emerging as well as seasoned filmmakers, participation in application reviews and final selection process, and liaising with filmmakers and jury members. (Will require travel and some evening/weekend work)

Production Mentorship: Throughout the production process to delivery of completed films from grantees, oversee and facilitate direct support to filmmakers and work to increase their access to resources and opportunities. Includes providing story feedback at several stages of their production process, advice on funding resources as required, and coordinating legal or other mentorship support according to the needs of each project.

  • Supervise IF/Then required filmmaker deliverables and deadlines, reviewing final deliverable paperwork (releases, licenses, cue sheets, etc.), coordinating with post-production professionals to confirm technical deliverables, and digital asset management of completed films and related materials.

Distribution Mentorship: Provide strategic guidance to filmmakers on film completion, festival launching, outreach, and distribution. Distribution platform outreach and solicitation for supported films aimed at windowed, multi-platform release.

  • Supervise IF/Then filmmaker mentorship for EPK creation and press strategy, outreach, curriculum development, etc.

Special Projects: Solicit and develop special projects to elevate the status of short-form documentary storytelling in the field.

  • Program curation for special projects including IF/Then Shorts Airline partnership; theatrical release and Special Events for selected grantee projects; and additional duties, as assigned by the Senior Director of Programs and Executive Director.
  • Supervise all logistics, filmmaker deliverables for the above.

General Administration & Organization:

  • Develop, supervise, evaluate, and refine all aspects of the program as needed.
  • Attend workshops, film markets, and forums to represent TFI and keep current in the field.
  • Initiate and develop industry partnerships and collaboration for the funding, production, and distribution of short-form content based on the needs of our grantees and to advance the program and the field at large.
  • Supervise budget allocation according to grant requirements. Liaise with Finance and Development departments on actuals and grant reporting.
  • Maintain filmmaker and industry contact lists including funding and distribution entities relevant to the nonfiction shorts landscape.
  • Expand industry awareness of IF/Then Shorts.
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Design teams to finalize all content/materials related to IF/Then Shorts, including events, press, video modules, and web pages.
  • Maintain electronic files and digital assets with accuracy and consistency.
  • Optional participation in the review and selection process for other TFI programs, as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Candidate should have produced at minimum one independent nonfiction film (feature-length, short, and/or short series) that has achieved some level of distribution.
  • Experience developing and managing program budgets.
  • Ability to build partnerships in the nonfiction film and media field, in the U.S. and internationally. Knowledge about the current film funding and distribution landscape is highly preferred.
  • A keen eye for reviewing, selecting, and providing feedback on a range of film and media projects that fit TFI’s mission and eligibility guidelines.
  • Mentoring and/or consulting experience through production and creative storytelling challenges.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience speaking publicly on panels in front of audiences of donors and/or filmmakers.
  • Excellent judgment, decision making, and problem-solving skills.
  • Detail- and deadline-oriented, with an ability to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to anticipate obstacles and to prioritize tasks across multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Adaptability to new software, tools, and platforms.
  • Basic Post-Production organizational skills for digital asset management of completed grantee films and related materials.
  • Proactive commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This is a full-time (40 hours per week), non-exempt position with some after-hours and weekend work around key deadlines. TFI intentionally considers candidates from systemically excluded communities including ALAANA (Asian, LatinX, African, Arab, and Native American) populations, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities.

Compensation: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. A comprehensive benefits package includes leave time, health insurance, transit benefits, and Summer Fridays.

TO APPLY: Candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to jobs@tfiny.org. Include “IF/Then Shorts Director – [your name]” in the subject line. In the cover letter, please share why you are interested in the position and what you are bringing to the role. Please, no phone calls.

Application Deadline: Applications will be processed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We will only respond to shortlisted candidates.

Social Media Coordinator (Part-time)

We're looking for a dynamic social media coordinator to join our marketing team. The coordinator's primary responsibility will be assisting in the creation of and executing against the Tribeca Film Institute's social media strategy. The ideal candidate has a background in social media content creation, can write creatively and concisely, and is a follower of digital marketing trends. This position will report to the Marketing Manager and should be available to work out of our office 12-15 hours a week.

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Responsibilities

  • Execute social media strategy across all programs
  • Create engaging copy and images to distribute across platforms
  • Attend TFI events to share content via social in real time (live tweeting, IG stories, etc.)
  • Develop and maintain a social media editorial calendar
  • Define and track social media KPIs
  • Collaborate internally with the programs team and externally with our partners to ensure social media needs are met
  • Stay up to date on current digital marketing trends

Requirements

  • At least one year of experience in social media marketing
  • Expertise in Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
  • Experience with social media marketing tools such as Hootsuite, Sprout Social, etc.
  • Proficient in Adobe creative suite
  • Excellent communication, collaborative, and analytical skills
  • Strong interest in TFI's mission of achieving diversity, equity and inclusion in the film space

To Apply

Candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and a link to one social media handle that they have recently managed to jobs@tfiny.org with “[NAME] – Social Media Coordinator” in the subject. No phone calls please.