Festival Assistant 2017

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This is the most comprehensive of our Work Placements, it is full time (4 Sept – 24 Nov 2017 inclusive) and will give you an opportunity to experience all aspects of running a film festival as well as gaining managerial, marketing and production experience. It is sadly unpaid.

You will be involved with managing the day-to-day running of FilmBath Festival (FBF); and assist the Executive Director with the festival’s expansion, funding, advertising, marketing and organisation.

This is the perfect position for someone looking for the work experience they need to boost them to the next step of their career.

Here is what our previous three Festival Assistants have to say about their experiences:

Working for the festival was one of the most amazing experiences; I met remarkable people, learned invaluable knowledge and felt inspired to make change. It tops all of my work experience (including paid production work) and I am so thankful that I didn’t miss this opportunity. The role also lead directly to a full time, paid position in a Bath based production company” Jess Edge, 2016 (on the right in image above)

  “Working for the festival was a brilliant experience. I loved meeting and collaborating with the creative, enthusiastic and passionate team of volunteers to produce a festival. As well as being a lot of fun, the Festival Assistant work placement gave me an insight into working in events and helped me secure my current job in an arts organisation.” Laura Knight, 2015 (in the middle of the image above)

"I had a great four months working as Festival Assistant for the festival. Each day was varied and I gained fantastic insight into how a festival works. Working for the festival was a brilliant experience and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in film and events: the experience led on to gaining paid work for two other, large festivals.” Jessica Cowley, 2014 (on the left in the image above)

Role Description

  • Manage the Volunteers
  • Manage the Volunteers’ Spreadsheet
  • Provide support in the administration of the festival
  • Assist the Executive Director with the 2 IMDb Awards
  • Support the rural FilmBath Festival Community Cinema outreach programme
  • Manage and implement planning systems to keep content and IT current and systems up-to-date and easy to access
  • Support Executive Director’s management of publicity and marketing during the festival
  • Assist in the production and distribution of all aspects of print for the festival: Film Notes, posters, main brochure and flyers
  • Assist the Executive Director with filling the advertising space in the brochure
  • Help to keep the sponsorship database up to date
  • Assist the fundraising team with any potential sponsor background research
  • Answer phones and undertake secretarial duties if required including typing, photo copying, entering data into spreadsheets, making social and travel arrangements


  • EITHER at least the 2nd year/3rd year of an undergraduate degree, OR a graduate OR with 2 years work experience
  • Living in or very close to Bath, or somewhere to stay locally

General attributes

  • Clear thinking, dynamic, intelligent, self-starter with good IT and creative skills
  • Must be happy working in what can be an intense, high-octane environment
  • Must have a ‘can do’, problem solving mind-set

Particular knowledge & experience required

  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and a working knowledge of Macs
  • Good telephone manner
  • Ability to communicate (in English) with individuals in a one-on-one or group setting by any means appropriate
  • Produce organised, structured, and well written documents (written in good English)
  • Establish cooperative working relationships with colleagues, service contractors and the public
  • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others
  • Work effectively to deadlines and cope calmly with demanding and/or stressful situations that might sometimes arise

Desirable qualities

  • Good working knowledge of Photoshop and In Design
  • A love and understanding of social media
  • Experience in WordPress
  • An interest in film

Name of Placement’s Direct Line Manager/Supervisor: Holly Tarquini

Rate of Pay: unfortunately, we are unable to pay for this position. However, agreed expenses incurred while working will be paid, and you will also receive complimentary tickets for festival screenings and events.

Apply by completing this form and then sending your CV and a covering email to: holly@filmbath.org.uk by August 20 2017

Interviews in Central Bath on 29/30/31 Aug 2017

Job starts 4 Sept