Programmer | Hamptons International Film Festival

Position Summary

The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) is seeking a Programmer for the upcoming 2022 edition, taking place October 7-16, 2022. The ideal candidate will have a strong curatorial eye, passion for independent and international cinema, and excellent administrative, communication, and public speaking skills. They will report to the Artistic Director and serve as a core member of the Programming Team.

This full-time temporary position will last from May 2 – October 19, 2022 will be held remotely, though there is potential for NYC-based candidates to attend in-person meetings. HIFF will continue to work with local health and town officials to explore all exhibition options for the 2022 edition, and should health and safety protocols allow film screenings to take place in-person, a temporary relocation to the Hamptons in the weeks prior to the Festival may be needed. HIFF will provide travel and accommodations for the days the Programmer is required to be on-site.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Curate films, panels, and programs for the 2022 Festival
  • Screen and evaluate submitted and solicited films
  • Research films relevant to the Festival, and facilitate outreach to film teams
  • Develop and maintain relationships with filmmakers and key industry contacts
  • Support the Programming Team with administrative, communication, and organizational tasks
  • Help maintain department emails, spreadsheets, documents, and databases
  • Assist with the coordination of the Screening Committee and participate in bi-weekly meetings
  • Help oversee interns working with the Programming Team
  • Serve as a liaison with selected filmmakers, and coordinate the receipt of deliverables
  • Assist with the writing and production of the Festival Catalog, and other promotional materials
  • Collaborate with the Operations, Marketing, Venues, and Guest Services teams prior to the Festival
  • Moderate filmmaker Q&As, panels, and conversations

Skills, Experience, and Abilities

  • Previous experience in programming for festivals and/or film organizations
  • Passion for film and extensive knowledge of the independent and international film industry
  • Strong work ethic, with the ability to work independently in a fast-paced, creative, and flexible environment
  • Web and computer literacy, including proficiency with Google Suite and Microsoft Office programs
  • Superior organizational, interpersonal, communication, writing, and public speaking skills
  • Experience collaborating with and managing a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Detail and deadline-oriented, with the ability to prioritize tasks across multiple simultaneous projects
  • Commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Professional, respectful, and friendly demeanor in and out of the the workplace

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or above
  • 3+ years of film industry experience
  • Valid Driver’s License

To Apply

Please submit a CV/resume, cover letter, and two (2) references to, and include “2022 HIFF Programmer” in the subject line of your email. No phone calls, please.

About the Festival

The Hamptons International Film Festival is a non-profit arts organization founded to support independent filmmakers and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films to our audiences. HIFF takes place annually in October, with a number of additional events held year round in New York City and the Hamptons. Named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World as well as one of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, HIFF is the premier film event on New York State’s east end, and an intimate showcase of some of the year’s best offerings in contemporary cinema. Recently referred to as “Telluride East” by Variety, the publication cited HIFF as “one of America’s most glamorous displays of the best in cutting-edge cinema.”

The Hamptons International Film Festival is an equal opportunity employer. HIFF does not discriminate or permit discrimination against, or provide special treatment for, any person or group of persons on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, physical disability, or any other category protected by law.