Employment Opportunity: HIFF Coordinator 2020

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival 

POSITION: HIFF Festival Coordinator
Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival

DATES: Feb. – June 26th 2020

HOURS: Feb. – March (part-time) and April – June (full-time)
PAY: $18/hr + 4% vacation pay

Deadline: Jan. 20th, 5pm 2020


The HIFF Festival Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing and managing the planning, implementation and wrap-up of the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival June 10th – 13th 2020. This position will work with other AFCOOP staff, HIFF Programming Committee and volunteers to produce a four-day festival which will include screenings, receptions, installations, daytime masterclasses and one-on-one meetings between local filmmakers and guest programmers from Canadian and International festivals. 



The Festival Coordinator’s role before the festival will be to create, implement and manage an overall plan for the festival. This work will include: finalizing the schedule; working with festival partners; approaching sponsors; overseeing ad sales; liaising with screening venue; working with the festival designer; updating the website; overseeing the creation of festival marketing materials; booking travel for guests; gathering content for the program guide and planning the volunteer schedule.

During the Festival

HIFF will take place June 10th – 13th at Neptune’s Scotiabank Stages Theatre in downtown Halifax.  During the festival the Festival Coordinator will be responsible for working with the venue and venue staff, managing volunteers, managing box-office and ticketing, working with technical and projection staff, overseeing the communications plan, ensuring sponsorship agreement fulfilment and facilitating the needs of festival guests and delegates.


Following the festival, the Festival Coordinator will be responsible for wrapping up all the festival business including payment of artist fees, return of equipment, return of print traffic materials, sponsorship thank-you’s, collecting feedback from audience and visiting guests, compiling festival metrics and completing final reports.


The ideal candidate will have the following: excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment, experience with festival or event coordination, proven ability to meet deadlines, experience supervising staff and the ability to multitask. The position requires the use of the following programs (in a Mac environment): Word, Excel, SquareSpace, Photoshop, WildApricot, FilmFreeway, Google Drive, and various social media platforms. Familiarity with AFCOOP / HIFF and a love for independent cinema will be viewed favorably.


Please send your resume and cover letter to Martha Cooley director@afcoop.ca as a PDF labeled with your first and last name and with the subject line “HIFF Festival Coordinator” on or before Jan. 20th at 5pm 2020.

AFCOOP is committed to providing equal employment opportunities within our organization to the four designated groups (as defined by the Canadian Human Rights Commission): women; Aboriginal peoples; persons with disabilities; and members of visible minorities.


The Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) is a boutique festival dedicated to showcasing bold, innovative film and media art from the Atlantic region and around the world. The festival includes screenings, receptions, expanded cinema installations, masterclasses and one-on-one meetings between local filmmakers and guest programmers from Canadian and International festivals. 

HIFF is produced by the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Telefilm Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, the City of Halifax, Screen Nova Scotia and The Coast.