FNFVF Co-director | Firist Nations Film and Video Festival Inc.

FNFVF CO-DIRECTOR” First Nations Film and Video Festival

First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc is seeking a new Co-director for the organization and to oversee the two annual First Nations Film and Video Festivals. Founded in 1990, the FNFVF is Chicago's only Native American film festival. Building on the festival’s nearly 30-year history, we are looking for a creative and visionary co-lead who will solidify and further develop FNFVF Inc’s status as a vital Chicago cultural event and lead us into the next vibrant phase of the festival’s evolution.


This is a Part-time, year-round position. This is a voluntary position to start with the possibility of a paid position in time. This is what I term a “Spare time” position. You are encouraged to use the time after your own priorities; other jobs, family, hobbies, art, before doing any work on the festival. But when you do festival business make sure you are committed to the time. It comes to about around 20 of work a week at your leisure.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES: The Festival Co-Director shares all duties and responsibilities, day-to-day business with the current Director. The Festival Co-Director helps plan, oversee, programs, and manages all aspects of the two annual First Nations Film and Video Festivals, as well as other FNFVF programs and events throughout the year. The Festival Co-Director is responsible for the artistic quality of the festivals and organization; ensures that the festival and related events are well attended; and sees to the overall operations and success of the festival. The Co-Director must have an understanding and passion for FNFVF Inc’s mission and its commitment to the Native American filmmaker community.



• Festival Coordination & Management: Help execute a timeline and workplan for the management of the festival and ensure that festival operates smoothly and deadlines are met.

• Human Resources: Recruit and supervise volunteers. Assist in recruiting and managing members of the FNFVF Board.

• Programming: Assist overseeing all aspects of programming the festival, both curatorial and administrative, including working with volunteer programming committees.

• Filmmaker Relations: Build and maintain professional relationships with Native American filmmakers from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America.

• Hospitality & Travel: Help with the coordination of guest filmmaker/actor travel and local transportation, and ensure a positive experience for visiting filmmakers.

• Fundraising: Work closely with the Director, with assistance of the FNFVF Board, in executing fundraising efforts that include sponsorships, individual and business donations, merchandise sales, and fundraising events.

• Sponsorship Coordination: Research, outreach to, and negotiate with sponsors.

• Festival Activities: Be on hand for all FNFVF Events and Screenings, to represent FNFVF in all media aspects including on camera, on-air, in print interviews, creating and producing promotional materials, and making sure all venues and partners have content and materials for successful events.

• Special Events: Organize and secure the resources necessary for festival galas, receptions, other festival events and fundraising events, including educational programming, presentations, and workshops.

• Marketing & Publicity: Develop and guide FNFVF’s public relations efforts to ensure media coverage of the festival. Help to develop an overall marketing plan and oversee development of the creative campaign and materials ranging from print to web to social networking.

• Publications & Graphic Design: Oversee the production of the festival programs and printed schedule, including writing copy, coordinating advertising, graphic design and printing.

• Outreach to cultural and community partners to co-produce screenings and events.

• Box Office/Accreditation: Oversee the management of ticketing and guest accreditation.

• Venue/House Management: Secure venues for screenings, parties, and other festival events, and oversee the management of venue operations.

• Technical Management: Secure equipment and technical personnel needed for projection and production of festival screenings and events.

Administrative: Report making to the FNFVF Board, to various City, State, and Federal institutions; Banking – keeping track of spending, bookkeeping, tracking accounts, payouts, purchases and deposits.

• Other: Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by FNFVF Inc’s Director.

Skills & Qualifications: 

EXPERIENCE/SKILLS REQUIRED: Native American preference (Not required)

• B.A. or higher in film studies – Not required, will consider prior working experience in lieu of degree.

• Strong leadership skills.

• Excellent project coordination, time management, and organizational skills with the ability to juggle and prioritize multiple projects.

• Attention to detail and concern for accuracy.

• Must be a self-starter; proactive and driven, with a strong work ethic, a high level of motivation, a strong sense of urgency when needed, the ability to work without direct supervision and to consistently meet deadlines.

• Ability to troubleshoot, to achieve conflict resolution, and to work calmly under pressure. A creative thinker who is resourceful in solving problems.

• Ability to delegate responsibilities and foster positive, productive relationships and teamwork among staff and volunteers.

• Experience in film exhibitions and/or film festivals preferred, not need. A love of films a must.

• Fundraising experience would be helpful, but not necessary. FNFVF Director can mentor in managing fundraising events, generating donations and sponsorships, grant writing and reporting, including online platforms

• Excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience in writing film reviews a plus

• Strong knowledge of the independent film industry, preferably with already established relationships with film distributors and filmmakers

• Knowledge of technical formats for film and digital video projection

•  Knowledge of filmmaking a super plus!

• Must be flexible and willing to work weeknights and weekends when necessary. Must be able to make use of their “spare time” for the festival.

• Ability to supervise and delegate, but when necessary, willingness to “get in the trenches and do whatever is needed to get the job done.”

• Ability to lift 40 lbs. and to sit or stand at a computer for long periods of time. Not really necessary, but fun to put in any job description.

• Mac/PC proficient with knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and social media platforms Facebook and Twitter

• Must be able to say “no” in certain circumstance

• Must be willing to stand strongly for festival guideline

• Patience

To Apply: 


Email resume and cover letter (as .pdf documents only) by March 30, 2018 to: jobs@fnfvf.org.

No phone calls, please.

Or mail to:

First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc.

Attn: Ernest M Whiteman III, Director

7301 N RIDGE BLVD, #508


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