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Opportunity: EIFF Curation Fellowships

Employment dates: 31 May to 31 August 2022

Fee: £1824

Hours: approx. 16 hours (2 days) per week

Application deadline: Friday 29 April, 5pm 

Curate-It in partnership with Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), is excited to offer seven 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 75th 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 as a cohort 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:

  • Critically analyse films you want to curate
  • Understand the theories and practices of film curation
  • Negotiate rights to films
  • Develop marketing strategies
  • Create budgets and funding applications
  • Implement screenings and events
  • Monitor and evaluate events
  • 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 12 – 20 August 2022).

2022 EIFF Curation Fellowship Theme:

In 1972, the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) presented the first global film event entirely dedicated to the cinematic achievements of female directors. Comprising works drawn from historical and contemporary cinema, the Women’s Film Festival was produced by Claire Johnston, Lynda Myles, Laura Mulvey.

Honouring the spirit of the original event, EIFF welcomes the opportunity to work with independent collaborators in 2022, to craft a bold, political, and wildly celebratory responses to the 50th anniversary of the Women’s Film Festival.

These paid fellowships are open to Scottish-based talents who share a protected characteristic and identify with one or more of these categories: women, non-binary people, and agender people.

This programme is made possible through Edinburgh 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. For more information see: 
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) A new course 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. On our 75th anniversary, EIFF returns to the Scottish capital’s summer festival season, to centre film as a major art form within this vibrant, cultural conversation and invite audiences, artists, and innovators to imagine new worlds with us. For more information see: 


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 three 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 share a protected characteristic and identify with one or more of these categories: women, non-binary people, and agender people.


To apply, send an expression of interest in one of the following ways: 

1. Complete the Application Form and an Equal Opportunities Form

2. Send a video of no longer than 5 minutes answering the below questions, to 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 29 April

Informal interviews will be held during the week commencing 9 May. 

Successful candidates will be notified by Friday 20 May. 

Fellowship will begin on Tuesday 31 May. 


  1. Tell us why you are interested in undertaking this fellowship.
  2. 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?
  3. You can come to this role from any discipline. How would you draw on your previous experiences (personal or professional) within this role?
  4. 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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