Production Location Scout
American Film Institute
Los Angeles, CA
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.