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Director of Programming

Employer Cork International Film Festival
Job Type Creative or Artistic Director
Location Cork and the South
Specific Location Cork City
Salary €50,000-€60,000
Closing Date 26/02/2024
Application Form CIFF-Director-of-Programming-Job-Description-Information-Pack-2024.pdf 5.12 MB




Cork International Film Festival is seeking to recruit a dynamic, experienced, and highly motivated professional who is passionate about film, to fulfil a new full-time three-year contract role as Director of Programming, commencing April 2024. This role offers a unique opportunity to help shape the future of Ireland’s premiere film festival, celebrating its 70th edition in 2025, and influence film culture in Ireland through its demonstrable impact.


The film festival continues to showcase challenging and unconventional themes and has established itself as an important platform for Irish creativity with a diverse offer of big budget movies, short films and documentaries, world and indie cinema. A credit to the country and the city and deserves the support of every movie fan in the Republic.” The Irish Examiner, November 2023





Our new Director of Programming will play a significant role in developing and delivering Cork International Film Festival’s artistic policy and programming ambitions, contributing to the ongoing strategic development of the Festival. The Director of Programming will work closely with the Festival Director & CEO, manage the Programming Team, and support the Marketing, Development, and Festival Delivery Teams as required.

The Festival prides itself on maintaining a tight-knit and supportive working environment. The Director of Programming’s primary responsibilities are to programme the annual Festival, develop year-round activity, support Festival delivery in line with CIFF’s ethos, strategy and objectives, and contribute to the Festival’s development plan in consultation with the Festival Director and Board.

Key information about this role:

  • The salary scale for this role is €50,000 – €60,000
  • The contract is offered on a three-year fixed term basis from April 2024, with an option to extend, initially with a six-month probation period
  • CIFF is based in Cork City with flexibility for hybrid/home working. National and international film festival travel is expected as part of this role
  • The annual leave entitlement is 20 days plus public holidays
  • Normal working hours will be 9.30am – 5.30pm with flexibility required for events, travel
  • Non-contributory PRSA (contributory from 2024)
  • Access to Festival tickets, and cinema tickets
  • Further training opportunities


Application Process:

Please send your CV and a covering letter of no more than three pages outlining your vision and approach to the role and programming of the Festival over the next three years. Please include your interest and suitability for the role in line with the job description and required skills and experience.


Please email your application to, with DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING in the subject line.


The closing date for applications is Monday the 26th of February, 5.00pm.


CIFF is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to the legislation governing the equality of opportunity. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and ethnicities. Please contact us at if you require any special accommodations to participate fully in our recruitment process.

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