Melbourne International Film Festival
(Company Profile)

Artistic Director

MIFF seeks a new Artistic Director to curate the festival’s acclaimed program and major events, lead the programming team, and work with management and stakeholders to deliver an outstanding and financially successful annual film festival. 


Hailed by the International Film Guide as “unequivocally the most significant film event in Australia” and “the longest-running film festival in the Southern Hemisphere” with “the largest and most diverse program of screenings and special events in the country, in addition to the largest audience”, MIFF annually offers Victorians the opportunity to experience more than 300 films from Australia and around the globe. 


MIFF’s Artistic Director curates the festival’s program and associated events, leads the programming team and works with the festival’s management and stakeholders to deliver an outstanding and financially successful annual film festival. 

This Melbourne-based role is full-time (with working hours varying throughout the year) and is part of a leadership team jointly reporting to the Board. 

The role works collaboratively within the shared management structure that comprises: Industry Director [ID], General Manager [GM] and Finance Manager [FM]. 


The Artistic Director is charged with delivering an exemplary annual film festival and an exceptional audience experience by: 
  • Presenting for MIFF an acclaimed and visionary program of the best of new global and local cinema and associated events, including Galas and Talks
  • Developing MIFF’s artistic and creative direction and programming
  • Enhancing the reputation of MIFF with audiences and stakeholders
  • Working collaboratively with your co-leaders in MIFF’s senior management team (the GM, ID & FM) to present a seamless, efficient, on-time and on-budget festival that delivers annually an outstanding audience experience
  • Contributing to MIFF’s mission to present world-class experiences and enhancing MIFF’s activities and reputation.
  • Demonstrated experience in programming film festivals, including: o securing major titles o generating significant tie-in events, Galas and elevated audience experiences o working on marketing and communication strategies to deliver audiences o audience development initiatives o programming team management
  • Sound negotiation skills with experience particularly in negotiating commercial agreements with suppliers
  • Strong financial management and project cost management skills with track record of delivering on-time and to budget
  • Demonstrated experience of working to generate new sources of revenue
  • Clearly demonstrated capability to work effectively as part of shared arts leadership team reporting to a Board
  • Strong communication and stakeholder management skills with a demonstrated ability to develop and manage long-term, trusting relationships with potential and existing partners and stakeholders.

To download a full Job Brief, click here.


Submit to, by the closing date of 2pm on 27 April 2018, the following: 
  • Full resume, complete with contact details for three referees
  • Covering letter, clearly addressing the selection criteria above.

VIC - Melbourne


film / movies