Essay Film Festival Placement

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Open to all Arts and Humanities doctorial researchers

This placement is available to all arts and humanities doctoral researchers at CHASE member institutions.

Essay Film Festival Placement

Full-time placement of 6 months (FTE) which could be worked over 9 months. Work pattern to be agreed with successful candidate and variable to meet project needs. Expected start date: any time from October 2022 (flexible).

The Essay Film Festival is a well-established film festival, taking place in London in late-March/early-April since 2015, and currently planning for its ninth iteration in spring 2023. The EFF screenings and events are held at Birkbeck Cinema, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, and other venues (e.g., Goethe-Institut, Institut Français). The EFF is a unique project in that it is a research-based film festival, created in the context of a multidisciplinary and public-facing research institute (Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image).

The successful candidate will work with the EFF programming team, currently including: EFF Director Dr Michael Temple and the BIMI Manager Matthew Barrington (also a Birkbeck doctoral student), Professor Laura Mulvey (Birkbeck), Dr Janet McCabe (Birkbeck), Ricardo Matos Cabo (independent curator and Birkbeck doctoral student), Kieron Corless (deputy editor Sight & Sound), and Raquel Morais (independent curator and Birkbeck doctoral student).

While managed and mentored by the EFF Director and BIMI Manager, the intern will be totally integrated into the programming team and will work as a full and equal member of this group, learning and receiving training on the job in all aspects of creating and curating this unique festival.

The internship duration will be the equivalent of 6 months full-time, but this could be adapted to suit the candidate, for example 2 or 3 days per week, over a longer period. For this coming year, 2022-23, we would like the placement to begin at some point during the Autumn term, although we will certainly be flexible regarding the start date and the number of days worked per week.

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to Dr Michael Temple, EFF Director, Birkbeck: and copy to by 30 September.

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