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Business Affairs Executive, BFI Doc Society Fund

A key role at the UK’s flagship fund for feature documentary, negotiating production finance agreements and providing business affairs advice to the Fund and its awardees.

This is a full-time role, contracted to 5 days a week, and the role is a fixed-term contract for one year, with the possibility of extension.

Doc Society supports independent documentary filmmakers globally, helping them to produce transformational documentary films. In the UK Doc Society manages the BFI Doc Society Fund, the country’s flagship fund for feature documentaries.

The ROLE

The main focus of the role is to administer the contracts of the BFI Doc Society Fund, both features and shorts. You will also work closely with filmmakers, advising them on finance plans and finance agreements, rights clearances, and sales agent agreements. In addition you may be required to work in a similar capacity across other Doc Society film funds,including Doc Society’s recently-launched Climate Film Fund.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the Fund’s decision making process by assessing the viability of applicants’ finance plans.
  • Administer and negotiate the Fund’s production finance agreements with Fund awardees.
  • Review and validate awardees’ agreements with other financiers.
  • Provide awardees with support and guidance into production legal issues.
  • Act as an ambassador of the Fund at Fund events, providing general business affairs insights to filmmakers and potential Fund applicants.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • 10 years + demonstrable interest/experience working in/with independent film as a Business Affairs Executive
  • Excellent legal negotiating skills & meticulous eye for detail
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills & able to deal with people at all levels
  • An ability to prioritise a complex workload is crucial
  • You will have strong knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Able to keep calm in a pressurised environment
  • A self starter who is also a good team player
  • Broad knowledge of and excitement for independent documentary
  • Practical application of Microsoft Office and working on Apple Macs

SALARY

£53,000

The role is normally based in central London, however, in response to the current Covid-19 pandemic all team members are currently working remotely from home for the foreseeable future and we welcome applications from anywhere in the UK.

If your skills & experience fit the above requirements and you would like to take the next step, please provide a CV and covering letter via the following Airtable links below by Tuesday 11th May 10am BST.

We would also appreciate you filling out our Equality Monitoring Form, which is anonymous, so we can better track who we are reaching.

How to apply
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 11th May 10am BST

To apply, please follow this link:
https://airtable.com/shrUOjh20S8pSzTWs


and then answer the Equality Monitoring form, available here:

https://airtable.com/shrGnLoH4qiW0AQ6t

First interviews will be held w/b 17th May.

Interviews in the first instance will be by Zoom. We may, lockdown permitting, request a follow-up interview in person.

As part of the first interview candidates will be required to complete a timed exercise.

Should you have not heard from us by 1st June you should assume that your application has not been successful. We will be unable to give feedback to applicants not selected for interview.

We would like the post-holder to start as soon as possible.


BFI Doc Society Support Programme Manager (Maternity leave cover)

Reports to Lisa Marie Russo (BFI Doc Society Fund Executive), Shanida Scotland (Head of Film), Sandra Whipham (Doc Society Director)

About DOC SOCIETY

We are an innovative non-profit organisation founded in 2005 that works with the most inspiring independent documentary filmmakers all over the world. We are a team of around 20 people working from offices in London and New York.

Our mission:

We bring people together to unleash the transformational power of documentary film. We stand in solidarity with filmmakers and work to unite them with new friends and allies, building new models globally. We aim to innovate, share and innovate again.

A commitment to anti-racism, economic justice and climate justice is embedded in all we do and how we do it.

Our driving principle:

Great documentaries enrich the lives of individuals. They have a unique ability to engage and connect people, transform communities and improve societies.

MAIN PURPOSE OF POSITION

To manage the Support Programme’s strategy, delivery and budgets. To have the overview of the Fund’s work and to ensure its efficiency. To support British filmmakers and their work with a focus on equity and inclusion and talent development.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Support Programme

  • Work with the Fund Executive and Live Digital Events Producer to curate creative Labs for grantees and live events
  • Build on the Fund’s outreach and engagement with new and emerging documentary talent through regional BFI Doc Society Local events, filmmaker 1:2:1's and other support activities focused on building networks within the documentary community.
  • Support grantee filmmakers with training, festival and professional development opportunities.
  • Work with the Head of Film and Fund Executive to build out equity based initiatives across the Fund and Support Programme including the Ripple Effect Fund, including production management: supporting funded grantees, managing deliverables, evaluation and reporting processes.
  • Liaise with BFI: NETWORK on all Support Programme activity.

BFI Doc Society Fund

Internal:

  • Ensure smooth running of all the processes involved in running the BFI Doc Society Fund and Support Programme with a focus on equity and inclusion, including being the first point of contact for all filmmaker enquiries either via the application system or mail/phone enquiries.
  • Work in collaboration with the Fund Executive, Production Manager and Business Affairs Executive to offer advice & practical support to granted film projects at critical stages of production and distribution/impact.

Communications

  • Lead on marketing and outreach to the UK documentary filmmaking community, including work on Doc Society social media platforms planning, design and posting, writing blogs and facilitating panels and talks at festivals.
  • Liaising with UK independent documentary sector partners and colleagues on best practice and shared priorities

Internal Systems & Reporting

  • Pull together Fund statistical reporting from applications and grantees
  • Co-ordinate stakeholder reporting and create the systems for the smooth running of this process

    Industry Knowledge

    • Keep on top of latest case studies and best practice in distribution

SALARY

£30K

The role is normally based in central London, however, in response to the current Covid-19 pandemic all team members are currently working remotely from home for the foreseeable future and we welcome applications from anywhere in the UK.

If your skills & experience fit the above requirements and you would like to take the next step, please provide a CV and covering letter via the following Airtable links below by Tuesday 11th May 10am BST.

We would also appreciate you filling out our Equality Monitoring Form, which is anonymous, so we can better track who we are reaching.

Equity and Inclusion: We want Doc Society to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay and to do their best work. Doc Society’s promotion of diversity and inclusion is clearly reflected in all of our documentaries and across all of our programmes. We are fully focused on equality and believe in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other characteristics that make us who we are. For this reason we strongly encourage applicants from under-represented groups.

How to apply
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 11th May 10am BST

To apply, please follow this link:
https://airtable.com/shriREFm7PsvhgHal


and then answer the Equality Monitoring form, available here:

https://airtable.com/shrJfMv4SAFe19A14

First interviews will be held w/b 17th May.

Interviews in the first instance will be by Zoom. We may, lockdown permitting, request a follow-up interview in person.

Should you have not heard from us by 1st June you should assume that your application has not been successful. We will be unable to give feedback to applicants not selected for interview.

We would like the post-holder to start Monday 14th June.


Film Officer, NY

Applications open until 10am EST Tuesday 11th May

THE ROLE:

The Film Officer is the point person for our non-UK filmmaker collaborations and works in support of our grantees, to build out our fellowships and to assess films in development and production for potential support across our programs.

The Film Officer should have strong editorial instincts and a background in non-fiction visual storytelling. This person will be reviewing applications across multiple programs and should be adept at assessing applications from development through to rough cut. Current program areas will include the New Perspectives Fellowship, Good Pitch Local and Climate Story Fund alongside other bespoke programs.

With ongoing work with grantees in production and post production there is also potential to offer feedback on cuts and advice on distribution and outreach dependent on experience.

We are looking for a candidate with demonstrable commitment to advancing racial justice and promoting greater equity and accountability in our field and would love to hear more about your current work and ambitions in your application.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Being first point of contact for new applicants and existing grantees
  • Reviewing new applications across multiple schemes
  • Tracking new opportunities for filmmakers and staying up to date with industry news
  • Liaising with grantees on contracts and deliverables
  • Working with filmmakers to hone their trailers and pitches
  • Preparing annual reports for our partners
  • Overseeing fellowship and producing masterclasses
  • Keeping admin systems up to date

This list is non-exhaustive and other work will come naturally with the ebb and flow of the company

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A deep understanding and love of non-fiction film
  • Minimum 5 years experience working in documentary production, grant making or program support
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Knowledge and use of the internet, email, and applications including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Dropbox, G-Suite.
  • Proficient writing skills
  • Team player committed to radical collaboration and the success of Doc Society’s vision
  • A self-starter, comfortable working independently with minimal supervision
  • Very strong interpersonal and communication skills (including written and verbal) with an ability to manage a high volume of daily communications.
  • Attention to detail & skilled at managing competing priorities.

DETAILS:

Job title: Film Officer

Reporting to: Maxyne Franklin, Executive Director

Based: New York (must be eligible to work in the US)

Hours: full-time (9am-5pm eastern)

Salary: $50,000-60,000 dependent on experience plus health benefits

Vacation: 28 days per year including Public Holidays

Equity and Inclusion: We want Doc Society to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay and to do their best work. Doc Society’s promotion of diversity and inclusion is clearly reflected in all of our documentaries and across all of our programmes. We are fully focused on equality and believe in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other characteristics that make us who we are.

We are also an organisation that works in an agile fashion - willing and able to be adaptive to field needs as they change. Applicants should read our accompanying Culture Statement to make sure they are going to thrive in an agile environment.

TO APPLY

1) a covering letter on why the post of Film Officer would be interesting to you and why Doc Society as an organisation is a good fit

2) a resume detailing work experience including contact information (name, email, phone) for two professional references

Please upload your application here (applications close at 10am EST on Tuesday 11th May)

We would like the post-holder to start as soon as possible.

WHAT WE DO AT DOC SOCIETY

A team of 20 based in London, New York and Amsterdam, we engage and support the global network of documentary filmmakers with direct grants and editorial expertise throughout the life of their film. We work relentlessly to explore new models of funding and distribution to make the projects reach their full potential. To connect filmmakers to new partners from across civil society. To explore how documentaries can create social impact and work with change makers on major social justice campaigns. We aim to lead by example – innovate, share and be copied and innovate again.

Our major funders and partners in this work are foundations, state bodies, and individual donors. This includes support from Creative Europe and the Swedish Postcode Foundation in the EU. We are also recipients of state funding in the UK where we manage the national documentary film fund on behalf of the British Film Institute. In the US, we are supported by the Ford Foundation, Compton Foundation, Open Society Foundation, Wyncote Foundation amongst many others.

We believe in radical collaboration and commit to initiatives that lift up our community of funders and cultural organisations to solve structural challenges, together.

To find out more about our organisation go to www.docsociety.org

HOW WE DO IT

We are a small dynamic organisation which can pivot easily and elegantly in response to the needs of the filmmakers and communities we serve. That means we are always ready to embrace new ideas. To roll our sleeves up and deliver with smarts, rigour and perfectionism. We often improvise, without a lot of formal process and set policy. We aim to get the job done right, no matter what.

We want to stay bold, energetic and entrepreneurial whilst also always living up to our core values and creating an environment which is friendly, inclusive, open and collaborative. We are deeply loyal and nurturing of those we work with, inside and outside the office.

Now some people perform best in more structured environments, with someone to regularly report to and a fixed job description with plenty of notice of future plans. DOC SOCIETY offers a more flexible, changeable workplace where people are able to take the initiative.

This way of working is not for everyone. If it all sounds a bit exhausting and uncertain, joining the team at DOC SOCIETY may not be right for you.

If it sounds exciting and liberating, we may be just the place you are looking for.