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Experimenta at the BFI London Film Festival is the UK’s primary showcase for single channel work from UK and international artists, programmed in association with LUX. In 2018, we are launching Experimenta Associates, to encourage and develop new curatorial voices. We are actively seeking applications for 2 Associates who will be mentored by the Experimenta programmers and LFF teams, engaging with viewing and discussing artists’ moving image in consideration for the 62nd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® (10-21 October 2018).

Two Experimenta Associates will receive a fee of £500 for pre-selection viewing and subject to funding a further £500 for collaborating on Experimenta discussion and live events, engaging in social media and engaging with filmmaker guests via Q&A sessions during the Festival. Mentorship, led by LUX, will involve critical discussion and feedback on the viewing and curatorial process, as well as practical insights into the operations of an international film festival. Associates will also have the opportunity to publish a contextual piece on the BFI or LUX website.

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter outlining why you are interested in the role, and include two versions of a programme note, a 10-word and a 150-word version, for an artists’ film that you admire. This position involves regular meetings in London so you will need to be based here or nearby.

Send to experimenta[at]lux[dot]org[dot]uk.

Deadline: 6pm, Wednesday 13 June. Interview week commencing 18 June.

Please note that the majority of viewing in this role will take place between 20 June and the 15 July.

In keeping with the BFI London Film Festival’s diverse film programme, and with an acknowledgement of the imbalances in representation in the film industry, we strongly encourage applications from all sectors of society to accurately reflect the local and wider demographic, and especially from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, and those who consider themselves to be disabled.

Person Specification
We are looking for early career curators, who can demonstrate some engagement with artists’ moving image work, through any of the following:
Critical writing in a publication
Social media engagement with AMI
Programming experience of screening artist’s work
Event or exhibition organising involving AMI

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate:
Good communication skills, both oral and written.
Good organisational skills, with the ability to view a high number of films within a finite
amount of time, in a deadline-oriented environment.
Proven ability to engage in discussion around films, to articulate a film’s qualities, flaws and
potential audience, beyond the realm of personal taste.
Sensitivity to the need for discretion and diplomacy when dealing with confidential and
privileged access to film material.
Demonstrable commitment to addressing 16-30 year old and BAME audiences, and also a
commitment to inclusion more broadly.
A commitment to continual professional development.