Opportunity: EIFF Curation Fellowships 2023

Employment dates: 5 June to 31 August 2023
Fee: £2270
Hours: approx. 16 hours (2 days) per week

For the second year, Curate-It, in partnership with Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), is excited to offer two 13-week Curation Fellowships for candidates at the beginning of their careers who are keen to develop their skills in film curation. Successful candidates will learn about the practices of film curation and in the process implement their own screening event as part of the 76th edition of EIFF.
The fellowship will take place part-time over 13 weeks, during which you will work through the Curate-It digital course, receive mentoring from professional curators, and work together to share your experiences as you undertake the programme and curate your events.
The programme is aimed at beginners or those with intermediate knowledge of film curation. At the end you will be able to:
  1. – Critically analyse films you want to curate 
  2. – Understand the theories and practices of film curation
  3. – Negotiate rights to films
  4. – Develop marketing strategies
  5. – Create budgets and funding applications
  6. – Implement screenings and events
  7. – Monitor and evaluate events  
  8. – Screen events online and/or in real life 
In addition to their learning, participants will be provided with a budget to implement their own online screening event(s), to be hosted on the Curate-It VOD platform as part of EIFF (taking place 18 – 23 August 2023).

These paid fellowships are open to Scotland-based talents who are marginalised by race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality or disability. 


This programme is made possible through the Scottish Government’s  Festivals Expo Fund, supported by Creative Scotland.

About the Organisations:
Curate-It A new course delivered in app form that provides participants with all they need to know for implementing their own screening event. We have created an eight-step programme through which participants will learn about film theory, film curation and the practical and logistical elements needed to develop film events. The eight steps – Watch-it, Analyse-it, Curate-it, Finance-it, Market-it, Execute-it, Evaluate-it and Screen-it – consist of written information, activities, tailored reading lists and videos featuring film experts sharing their knowledge.  
Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) Inspired by the unique identity of Edinburgh and our love of film, EIFF connects audiences with essential storytellers. Intimate in scale, ambitious in artistic scope, EIFF is your annual celebration of screen, at the heart of a global cultural gathering. 

The programme is aimed at early career curators, i.e. beginners or those with intermediate knowledge of film curation. You may be someone with a story you want to tell, a practitioner working in another discipline looking to expand your practice or perhaps you do not consider yourself a practitioner at all. The role does not require any previous experience in the film sector, only a demonstrable interest in developing skills in film curation.
Curate-It has been developed with the aim of democratising access to film curation by moving curatorial learning to the digital space. Participants will therefore mostly work remotely, with two in person meetings, but all candidates must be based in Scotland. 
Please note that these paid fellowships are aimed specifically at applicants from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the film exhibition sector. They are open to Scottish-based talents who are marginalised by race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality or disability. 
To apply, send an expression of interest in one of the following ways:
Complete the Application Form and an Equal Opportunities Form.

Send a video of no longer than 5 minutes answering the below questions, to j.atkinson@ayafilms.org. Please include your Full Name, Contact Number and Postcode in your email, and also complete an Equal Opportunities Form.
Deadline & Application Process:
Please apply by 5pm on Friday 12 May 2023.
Informal interviews will be held during the week commencing 22 May 2023.
Successful candidates will be notified by Friday 26 May.
Fellowship will begin on Tuesday 6 June 2023.

Tell us why you are interested in undertaking this fellowship.
This programme is aimed at early career curators. What specific skills or knowledge do you hope to gain from the fellowship and how/why it would be valuable at this stage in your career?
You can come to this role from any discipline. How would you draw on your previous experiences (personal or professional) within this role? 
Help us get to know you. Tell us about a film that has inspired you, a film event you have previously attended that had an impact on you, or anything else you might want to share about why you are drawn to film curation. 

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