Full Time Job

Director, Exhibition

American Film Institute

Remote / Virtual 03-01-2021
  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description


The Director, AFI Exhibition is charged with pioneering the future of exhibition and charting a course for AFI to play a leadership role in celebrating the art form to the benefit of artists and audiences alike.

Day-to-day, the Director is also responsible for the artistic and operational oversight of AFI’s current film festivals and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.


· Exhibition/Film Festivals (AFI FEST, AFI DOCS, Meet the Press Film Festival)

o Provide a collective vision for AFI film festivals that supports the goals of the Institute while leading the evolving landscape of film exhibition.

o Develop a dynamic “voice” for each festival in support of a singular voice for AFI.

o Observe, track and share emerging trends in global exhibition.

o Inspire and manage the Programming and Operations staff.

o Guide the negotiation of vendor agreements.

o Construct and oversee the budget for each film festival.

o Maximize earned revenue across AFI Exhibition programs.

o Through public speaking and writing, serve as an AFI spokesperson to articulate the programmatic vision and guiding principles of the exhibition program. Includes thoughtful film and panel presentations.

o Establish and maintain relationships with key film community professionals, including distributors/streamers, talent, publicists, agents and managers.

o Collaborate with AFI Advancement to build relationships and secure commitments from AFI sponsors, donors, foundations and members.

o Collaborate with AFI Communications to develop messaging, key art and marketing plans for AFI Exhibition programs.

o Additionally, manage relationship with other public relation teams.

o Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by AFI President & CEO.

· Silver Theatre and Cultural Center:

o Oversee budgeting and programming of AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center to ensure institutional efficiencies and the power of partnership.

o Foster productive collaboration between staff members in Los Angeles and Silver Spring.


· Bachelor’s degree required.

· Minimum five years hands-on, executive experience managing and programming a nationally recognized film exhibition program.

· Expert knowledge of commercial, independent and international film communities and a strong network of film community contacts to rely upon to celebrate diverse and compelling content.

· Sound understanding and working knowledge of film festival programming as well as the operational logistics of a film festival both online and in person.

· Proven ability to “think outside of the box” and provide visionary leadership, while also demonstrating superior management skills.

· Mastering of managing budgetary expenditures and ensuring fiscal responsibility.

· Strong planning skills with the ability to adapt to rapidly shifting priorities and strategies.

· Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to convey complex concepts and procedures in simple terms.

· Strong time management, organizational and multi-tasking skills.

• Strong diplomacy skills and consistent professionalism are mandatory; this includes ability to maintain complete confidentiality and discretion.

· Possess a positive and professional attitude with internal and external stakeholders.

· Ability to work calmly under pressure.

· Personal integrity and the ability to inspire confidence and trust.

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