Essay Film Festival (Birkbeck)

Curatorial internship at the Essay Film Festival, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image

The Essay Film Festival is a well-established film festival, taking place in London in late-March/early-April every year since 2015, and currently looking forward to its sixth iteration in spring 2020. 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) by academic researchers for whom film curating and film programming is an integral part of their research and teaching, and who share a vision of how their academic work interacts with artistic creation, political debate, and social activism.

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), and also: Professor Catherine Grant (Birkbeck, interim Director of BIMI 2019-April 2020), 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 (former MA Film Programming and Curating student, Birkbeck).

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 3 or 4 days per week, over a longer period. For this coming year, 2019-2020, it is likely that the placement will start in December 2019, and run until May 2020, full-time, or to July 2020, 4 days a week, or to September 2020, 3 days a week.

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Application deadline: 13th September 2019

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