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Project Manager – Black Arts Movement Touring Project

Do you believe in the mission to develop an open, challenging and thriving film sector? If so, check out this brilliant opportunity to work for the UK’s national body that supports independent cinemas, film festivals and exhibitors of all forms.

The Independent Cinema Office is the national organisation for the support and development of the independent cinema exhibition sector in the UK. They offer film programming services to cinemas, bring films into distribution and are the main provider of events, training and advice for the independent cinema sector.

They are currently seeking a freelance Project Manager to work on their national touring programme for 2019, which will be delivered in partnership with LUX, and will seek to celebrate key films from the 1980’s UK Black Arts workshop movement and bring them to new audiences across the UK.

The programme will focus on films produced in the 1980s within the Black Arts and workshop movements in the UK reflecting a pivotal decade for British culture and politics. The aim of this project is to make these works and histories accessible both to UK and international audiences, and to reflect on their meaning and context in relation to contemporary Britain.

So, if you believe that everyone should have access to cinema that nourishes the soul and changes lives, they would love to hear from you!

PLEASE NOTE* This position is offered on a freelance basis for a fixed fee of £6,000. The project has a set of key deliverables but is based on a day rate of £175 per day which equates to 34 working days or just under 7 weeks work (Monday-Friday).


  • Manage the curation of the film programmes in dialogue with the advisory group
  • Manage the organisation of additional activities such as talks and workshops in dialogue with the advisory group
  • Facilitate and administer advisory group meetings
  • Negotiate film rights with filmmakers and rights holders
  • Oversee technical delivery of programmes (sourcing materials, overseeing DCP and Blu-ray creation as necessary)
  • Manage the creation of publicity and contextual materials (including a microsite) for the tour in conjunction with the ICO’s marketing team
  • The above will include overseeing the design process, writing and editing copy, commissioning and editing new writing, and sourcing images
  • Devise evaluation methods and delivery of final report
  • Work with host venues on event delivery and management
  • Manage and develop key relationships for the project at all levels, including filmmakers, funders, stakeholders and venues
  • Process and assess feedback from event attendees and other relevant parties
  • Manage income and expenditure to ensure the project is delivered within budget
  • Work in a flexible manner and be willing to undertake other duties as reasonably requested
  • Some travel, weekend and evening work, as required


  • Experience of a project management role
  • Knowledge and passion for the films of the UK Black Arts Movement
  • Experience of programming films and negotiating rights
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • Demonstrable ability to work on own initiative
  • Demonstrable problem solving skills
  • Confident negotiation and networking skills
  • Excellent administrative skills and attention to detail
  • Strong IT skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise workload
  • Demonstrable commitment to equality and diversity
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Social media skills
  • A good sense of humour


  • Follow this link to apply
  • Start date is flexible
  • In your application, state that you heard about this vacancy through the Creative Access website