Internship: Programming Assistant – DEADLINE JUNE 14, 2018

This is a full-time, ten-month position (October, 2018 through July, 2019). You will work in a sustained one-on-one learning and development relationship with the Artistic Director to program the Festival’s 2019 edition, running April 7-13.

Over 250 films from all over the world are submitted and are considered for the festival program. The Programming Assistant will help in the selection process. The intern will be responsible for tracking film information and interacting with filmmakers. The intern will be exposed to the programming process, help with festival database maintenance, and assist with other administrative duties. The position is best suited for someone who is passionate about cinema, holds a strong interest in working with children and youth, and possesses very strong communication skills.


This position offers a unique opportunity to experience and participate in an exciting cultural event. The intern will get hands-on experience with festival planning and implementation, as well as exposure to the local arts community. The intern will broaden their knowledge of contemporary international film styles and trends. This can also be a great networking opportunity and valuable experience for aspiring filmmakers.


  • Assist the Artistic Director and/or Director of Programming in the coordination of the film and workshop programs for the 2019 Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth (R2R).
  • Work with the R2R team to ensure that the Festival delivers a diverse, critically engaging and distinctive film program.
  • Research films for possible inclusion in the Festival, as needed.
  • Track films from the beginning of the submissions process through the end of the Festival, including: logging film details, coordinating screening committee, and sending out invitations and regrets as instructed by the Director of Programming.
  • Download films and organize information from the Festival’s online submission service (FilmFreeway).
  • Update the database with information about films being considered for the Festival, and follow up on the research of film prospects as required by the Director of Programming and the Artistic Director.
  • Solicit, track, and organize film synopses, credits, images, awards, reviews, online trailers and other materials for confirmed films, to be used for program production and media purposes.
  • Coordinate the review process for film entries by review committee members.
  • Communicate with filmmakers during the submission process and after final programming selections are made, as directed.
  • Assist the Programming, Media, and Print Traffic departments with the administrative coordination of shipping and travel requirements of visiting artists.
  • Prepare digital preview files for delivery to film classification, jury members and members of the media.
  • Upload final program details, including; film images, descriptions, and screening dates to 2019 website.
  • Assist with the social media and marketing campaign for year-round-programming events and screenings during the festival. This includes, but is not limited to, pre-scheduling up to two posts a day.
  • Assist with venue set-up and strike during the Festival (this will require loading and unloading gear).
  • Assist with marketing, promotion and outreach activities, as needed.
  • Assist with the coordination of the film criticism workshop, youth jury screenings, Opening Night Gala, and Closing Night Award Presentation.
  • Update and manage all relevant files to ensure accurate annual record keeping of R2R’s programming files.
  • Assist with year-round program initiatives, as directed by the Festival Coordinator and Artistic Director.
  • Write a wrap report.


  • Must have completed basic training in their discipline within the last five years
  • Must be 30-years-old or younger, and a resident of British Columbia
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Proficiency with Google Docs (documents and spreadsheets)
  • Knowledge of Final Cut X and Adobe Premiere
  • Web/internet savvy
  • Experience or interest in working with children and youth
  • Strong interest in cinema from Canada and around the world
  • Strong interest in Aboriginal films
  • Able to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Good sense of humour


Salary range: $27,000-30,000 (35 hours per week, 10-month contract)

If interested, please contact Venay Felton at