Programmer and coordinator – cinema for the International First Peoples Festival 2020

Land InSIGHTS’ mission:   

Develop links between the artistic rebirth of the First Peoples and the cultural dynamism of a great metropolis, in a sustainable development perspective based on friendship among peoples, diversity of expression as a collective treasure to be shared and through recognition of the specificity of First Nations and Inuit.

International First Peoples Festival:

The IFPF is one of the festivals that animates the Place des Festivals in Montréal, in the midst of the busy tourist season on the most prestigious site of the metropolis. Concerts, craft demonstration, traditional dances, street theater, etc. bring Aboriginal arts into the limelight. In addition, several indoor activities are part of the program:  in particular, an international cinema competition with screenings every evening; and also, art exhibitions, public readings, masterclasses by Indigenous filmmakers, etc.

The International First Peoples Festival is the meeting place for the artistic movement that expresses, in the 21st century, the reality of Indigenous Peoples here and elsewhere. The 30th edition will take place from August 4 to 12, 2020.

Official description

Programmer and coordinator– cinema for the International First Peoples Festival

Duration of position: Job starting April 6 and ending August 21, 2020 (part-time between the months of April and June then full-time between the months of July and August)


April to July:

  • Provide an evaluation of films and videos submitted;
  • Work on a consensus basis with the programming team to determine the cinema line-up for the festival;
  • Participate in programming team meetings;
  • Work within all deadlines under the authority of the Artistic Director in consensus with the programming team;
  • Write brief descriptions for selected films and videos;
  • Contribute to the promotional tools of the film and video section; notably the website, printed documents (brochure and leaflet), press conference, interventions on social media, etc.
  • Communicate with the people in charge of the films programmed to obtain all elements of promotion and projection.
  • Be in contact with the movie theatre for delivery and testing of projection supports.


  • Data entry and online publication of web pages for each film.
  • Coordinate and/or produce audiovisual elements:

−       Demo videos for the press;

−       Announcements at the start of the screenings (slide-show);

−       Trailer of the cinema component (montage of excerpts, headliners);

−       Advertising for the cinema component partners;

−       Excerpts and slideshow for the award ceremony.


  • Participate in welcoming guest filmmakers ; Contribute to the presentation of films in theaters (especially during the Q&As) and to the filmmakers’ meetings with the media;
  • Participate in events such as jury deliberation meetings, Opening and Closing ceremonies, APTN masterclasses, awards ceremony, film presentations in Kahnawake, etc.
  • Contribute to the festival report.



A short training course on the history, goals and the logistics of the event will be provided.

Skills and personal characteristics

  • Ease at communicating verbally and in writing;
  • Ability to achieve a large volume of work within a tight deadline;
  • Good stress management;
  • Enthusiasm, open-mindedness, sense of initiative, autonomy and resourcefulness;
  • Creativity, attention to detail and aesthetic sense;
  • Ability to organize work and manage priorities;
  • Interest in the cultural and events sector;
  • Team spirit and positive attitude.

Job requirements

  • Temporary Contract: April 6 to August 21, 2020.
  • Salary: according to our salary policy.
  • Flexible hours with long work hours during the event.

Skills and qualifications

  • At ease with the public.
  • Interest in taking part in promotion of Indigenous culture.
  • French/English bilingualism.
  • Speaking an aboriginal language is a plus.
  • Movie buff.
  • Familiarity with the political and cultural issues of indigenous peoples and their representation.
  • Basic knowledge of graphic and video tools.
  • Familiarity with the technical issues of a cinematographic event (projections).


With equal qualification, the Aboriginal candidates will be given priority.

Deadline: March 27th, 2020

Please send your application to Gabrielle Piché, Administrative Director at