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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 is currently experimenting with a four day working week.

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 Russ (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.

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.