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XR & Immersive Programmer – BFI London Film Festival

£29,055- £34,338 (pro-rata)

Application deadline: February 17th 2020

XR & Immersive Programmer – BFI London Film Festival

Fixed term employed role from 1st April 2020 until 31 March 2022

0.5 FTE

Salary £29,055- £34,338 (pro-rata) plus generous benefits package

We support flexible working


The BFI London Film Festival is recruiting a brand new programming position to play a key role in delivering a forthcoming expanded element of the Festival’s programming for audiences.


Now in its 63rd year, and after several years of development, the LFF is a major international event in the autumn film calendar. Screening work from over 75 countries, the LFF attracts diverse public and international industry audiences. Through its London, UK-wide and online digital programming, the Festival reaches audiences of more than 200,000 every year.


Building on this strong international platform, this new strand of programming will explore how moving image art forms are rapidly evolving in response to new forms of collaboration, distribution and technology. Film Festivals are uniquely placed to champion risk-taking and creative ambition in the evolution of the form and BFI London Film Festival will embrace this by offering a new public showcase of XR and Immersive works and experiences.


Working with the BFI London Film Festival Director, the XR and Immersive Programmer will curate this new series. Programming will explore AR, VR, MR, immersive experiential, games and emerging digital forms. It will feature work from bold, innovative creators from around the world who use fiction and non-fiction and a range of creative techniques to communicate with audiences.  Using cinema as a jumping off point, this will be an open and expansive space for programming; this new strand of the Festival will also explore the creative culture that exists in the  connections between moving image, creative technologies, fine art, music, gaming, theatre, and fashion.


The successful candidate will have experience of programming immersive events and XR projects in cultural spaces (festival and/or venues), along with a thorough understanding of event production, particularly in dealing with a range of technologies in live contexts. Through previous work, they will have shown boldness and creativity in programming, demonstrated an interest in a wide range of screen-based arts, and also shown an understanding of the way international artists and filmmakers are working with new technologies.


This is a 0.5FTE (20.5 hours per week) post offered on a two year fixed term contract. The peak times for this role are between May to October 2020 where the candidate will be expected to be available for four to five days per week. Consideration will be given to offering an annualised hours contract to the successful post-holder to reflect the demands of the role.


Based in Central London, you will enjoy benefits such as our pension scheme, 28-33 days annual leave, tickets to BFI festivals and events plus many others.


Further details about the post can be obtained by visiting


The closing date for applications is Monday 17th February 2020

First interviews will be held in the week commencing 24th February 2020

British Film Institute

London W1T

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