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Head of Film (UK)


Doc Society Head of Film

BASED IN UK
2 Year Term

Doc Society is looking for a senior experienced film executive based in the UK who will operate strategically across all of Doc Society’s film work, strengthening the work of our grantees, implementing our renewed mission statement across all of our programmes, and advocating for the role of independent feature documentary globally.

Doc Society is a non-profit founded in the UK in 2005, committed to enabling great documentary films and connecting them to audiences globally. Constituted with a Foundation & Charitable Trust, we have 19 team members, the majority headquartered in London with others in New York, Amsterdam and Sydney.

Doc Society has just updated its mission statement:

We bring people together to unleash the transformational power of independent documentary film. We serve individual filmmakers and the growing network of partners who support them globally. We help build new models, aiming to innovate, share freely and innovate again.

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

We are looking for a candidate with demonstrable commitment to advancing racial justice and promoting greater equity in the cultural sector.

We are also an organisation that works in an agile fashion - willing and able to be adaptive to field needs as they change. The Covid crisis and its aftermath will present new challenges to independent filmmakers in the UK and globally and our new Head of Film will help us to identify issues early and devise responses.

Below we offer an outline of the job on day one, but we always leave room for change and adaptation. Applicants should read our accompanying Culture Statement to make sure they are going to thrive in an agile environment.

Internal responsibilities:

  • Maintaining a strategic overview of all the creatives we are supporting at any one time, and identifying where there is opportunity for cross fertilization / collaboration between our grantees and our programmes.
  • Contribute to decision making across all our current and future grants and training programmes including BFI Doc Society Fund, Climate Fund, New Perspective Fund & Good Pitch.
  • Support specific Doc Society grantees editorially, as well as identifying potential creative allies and new funding & distribution partners for those projects.
  • Review of all filmmaker selection processes to facilitate greater equity and accessibility.

External roles:

  • We believe in the power of documentary film: you will help build the profile of documentary film in the UK and advocate for its cultural value with key stakeholders. Advocate for more resources and a seat at the table for documentary filmmakers with the government, our funders and stakeholders, and other allies.
  • We believe in community building: you will help develop Doc Society’s field-building initiatives in the UK; from supporting new networks of producers & BIPOC filmmakers to mentoring emergent creative organisations and connecting them to new allies & funders.
  • We believe in collaboration: you will help develop strategic partnerships within the UK film & TV industry including fellow international film funders, leading film festivals, broadcasters, legal and insurance partners amongst others.

Location:

  • We think you need to be based in the UK. We have an office in London (our current office is not accessible for wheelchairs) but you do not need to be based there.
  • Our work is global and so will yours be, but you will be supporting programmes and filmmakers remotely from the UK so you will sometimes have to work early or late to accommodate different time zones.

Doc Society Culture Statement:

We want each member of our team to have the opportunity to develop themselves whilst they are at Doc Society and to do their best work here.

Doc Society is a small, dynamic organisation which can pivot easily and elegantly in response to the needs of the filmmakers and communities we serve.

We embrace new ideas. We roll our sleeves up. We deliver with attention, smarts, rigour and perfectionism. We improvise. We get the job done right no matter what.

We don’t need a lot of formal process and set policy. We don’t much like fixed plans and reporting to line managers. We don’t say “sorry, that’s not my job” and we do say “wow, looks like you need a hand with that”.

We want to stay bold, energetic and entrepreneurial whilst always living up to our core values and be friendly, inclusive, open and collaborative. Our team behaviour is kind and supportive. We are loyal and nurturing of those we work with, inside and outside the office.

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. Your job description may be out of date one hour after you start work.

This way of working is not for everyone. If it sounds exciting and liberating, we may be just the place you are looking for.

Compensation:

This is a senior role starting at £60,000

To apply please provide the following via the Airtable links below: