Director at Birds’ Eye View
London/South East based
£55,000+ per annum
Full time with option to discuss flexible working with shortlisted candidates
Birds’ Eye View (BEV) is seeking to recruit a new Director, who is :
– a special, inspirational person
– a bold, values-driven, film-savvy leader
– an advocate for gender equality and diversity in all film spaces with experience in curation and building audiences for film (probably from a distribution/ exhibition/ festival background)
– a leader who will embrace the new in all its forms, being as comfortable welcoming the radical as well as the regular
– someone who will work to push boundaries and challenge the status quo towards creating a more enlightened society. someone who will work to
Birds’ Eye View (BEV) is a not-for-profit that centres the female and non-binary perspective in film through events, conversation and community. Our mission is to celebrate culturally diverse perspectives of the world by drawing ever-greater audiences to films by women. We are not just for women, but for everyone.
Now in its 18th year, BEV continues to spotlight and celebrate new, and classic, films created by women through our #ReclaimTheFrame project (RTF). With funding from the National Lottery via the British Film Institute’s Audience Fund, we support women working in film through advocacy, investment, mentoring and events. Since we established RTF in 2018, we have supported over 50 films and filmmakers such as PIN CUSHION, starring Joanna Scanlan, THE SOUVENIR, written and directed by Joanna Hogg, MISBEHAVIOUR, directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, THE ASSISTANT, written and directed by Kitty Green, BIRDS OF PASSAGE, directed by Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra, as well as documentaries such as SEAHORSE, CRIP CAMP, and the Oscar-winning FOR SAMA. We also hosted exclusive preview tours of ATLANTICS, with director Mati Diop, and BEEN SO LONG, starring Michaela Coel.
Through our RTF network in 15 UK cities: Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Chester, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth and Sheffield, we host preview, and week-of-release, screenings and events with filmmakers, actors, and guest experts such as cultural influencers, social justice campaigners, thinkers, influencers, artists and critics. We invite sociologists, criminologists, historians, psychologists, and, whenever possible, and appropriate, descendants into the cinema space to share their insights. Our in-person A&Q format subverts the traditional Q&A panel by asking speakers to pose questions to the audience and encourage discussion. Our events nearly always sell-out, generate word-of-mouth buzz, and raise the profile of the films whose releases we invest in.
BEV aims to:
● Increase the profile and market impact of films by women / gender non-binary people.
● Encourage greater industry investment into the marketing and promotion of films by women / gender non-binary people.
● Encourage more women / gender non-binary people in key distribution, programming and marketing positions.
We represent the true breadth and diversity of international cinema that is written and/or directed by women or based on a book/story by a woman, and is aligned to BEV’s wider mission and strategy. BEV has an outstanding record of agitating for equality in film and championing strong work in an intersectional dimension.
We also run CPD (continued professional development) programmes for executives and filmmakers such as Filmonomics and Future Leaders In Distribution. It is important to us to advocate and mentor new and emerging talent across the film value chain.
START DATE: Early to mid -September (date to be agreed) to allow overlap with the current outgoing director
INITIAL TERM: September 2021 to March 2023 and on a rolling 3-month notice period, with an initial 8-week trial period.
Closing Date: Wednesday July 7th 1000
Please send your biography / CV to Simone Glover at firstname.lastname@example.org with a covering letter which highlights why you would be a good candidate for the role. It is also a requirement to complete the anonymised equal opportunities form here. Applications to be received by July 7th 10am latest.
If you are invited for an interview, these will take place on July 9/12/13, via Zoom, for 45 mins, for which you will need to be available. Second interviews will likely take place on July 14. Decisions made/offer sent July 15-20.
We only accept emailed applications. If you require a reasonable adjustment or other assistance to participate in the recruitment process, for example due to disability, please advise by email to the address above. If you have access requirements for example for the online interviewing please tell us when you submit your application so we have a chance to prepare and book any access needed in good time.
Equal Opportunities Statement
BEV celebrates diversity and is committed to creating a fair and equal society, free from discrimination. You can read more about our commitment to inclusion and diversity here.
BEV is committed to a safe recruitment process to help the organisation attract and appoint the right staff for the role and responsibilities as set out in the vacancy advert. We will not accept applicants who are not suitable to work with young people or adults at risk. If you have any questions around your suitability for this vacancy, please contact us as above.
Please note we reserve the right to close this advert early and therefore we encourage you to apply for this position early.
We thank you in advance for your interest in BEV and for applying for this position. Unfortunately, we will not be able to give feedback to those who didn’t get through to the interview stage as we simply don’t have the capacity.