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Press Officer

Job title: Press Officer

Employment dates: 20 hours per week from mid-August to mid-November 2017 (3 months)

Salary: £840 per month

Based at: Templeton House, Bridgeton, Glasgow

Report to: Festival Producer

Deadline: Monday 24 July 2017

Overall purpose

This role is an exciting opportunity for someone with experience of media relations to join us as press officer for the Africa in Motion Film Festival 2017. We are looking to appoint a Press Officer from mid-August to mid-November 2017, to design and implement a press campaign for the 2017 festival edition in Scotland, as well as a for a touring programme of African classic films across the UK between Oct and Nov, in conjunction with the 5 African film festivals in the UK.

The position will be mainly freelance but the candidate will be required to spend at least a day per week at the festival office in Glasgow. The ideal candidate will live in Edinburgh or Glasgow, have experience in media relations, a strong existing network of press and media contacts in the Scottish and UK arts sector, and experience of working with an arts organisation.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 24 July 2017, with interviews due to take place early August and the post commencing on Wednesday 16 August.

Background information

Africa in Motion (AiM) is an annual African film festival taking place in Scotland, consisting of film screenings and complementary events. Now in its twelfth year, AiM brings the best of African cinema to Scotland—making it possible for Scottish audiences to engage with African stories and industry professionals from the continent. AiM has established itself as a major annual event within the Scottish cultural calendar, whilst also maintaining an international profile as one of the leading African film platforms. The festival caters to a varied and diverse audience from all over Scotland, the UK and further afield. A core aspect of AiM’s organisational work is its partnership development with various cultural and artistic networks and venues, with particular efforts made towards engaging the African diaspora community living in Scotland. Africa in Motion has grown from strength to strength over the past 11 years. Our own statistics show that we have screened around 580 African films to over 35,000 people in Scotland since the inauguration of the festival in 2006.

Africa’s Lost Classics is a collaborative project run by Africa in Motion and the University of Glasgow that brings (back) to UK screens classic African films that have been lost or neglected. Through archival research we track down the best of classic African cinema, which is then programmed at the five African film festivals around the UK, complemented with workshops, educational materials and an exhibition. This programme is a strand that forms an integral part of the African film festivals in the UK in 2017.
Job description

Main duties:

• Work closely with the management team to communicate the aims and activities of the festival to the media
• Devise and implement innovative press campaigns for Africa in Motion Film Festival and tour
• Liaise with the other UK African film festivals and their press officers in developing a press campaign for the tour
• Identify key stories of interest to the media in relation to the festival programme
• Draft clear and effective press releases to help maximise coverage for the festival
• Secure extensive press coverage for the festival and tour in local, regional, national and international media, including newspapers, magazines, online and broadcast (radio and television)
• Develop and maintain strong relationships with all key press and media contacts locally, regionally and internationally (in particular film and African press)
• Create and collate press resources – including a press page on the Africa in Motion website – containing press releases, press accreditation forms, hi res images, press contacts etc.
• Respond to queries from the media for information, images, screeners etc.
• Handle press accreditation and access for visiting media
• Set up press interviews as required, including with festival representatives and guests (visiting filmmakers and speakers)
• Be present and visible during the festival itself (dividing your time between Edinburgh and Glasgow), in order to handle all press and media related aspects of the festival
• Monitor festival and tour coverage in the media, including circulating clippings within the organisation and to relevant external contacts
• Secure an execute partnerships with regional and national media partners
• Archive all press coverage (through hard copies and recordings)
• Produce an extensive report evaluating and analysing festival and tour media coverage (due by the end of the contract)
• Maintain up-to-date press lists for national and local media
• Any other duties as required

Person specification

Essential:
• A broad interest in and knowledge of film
• At least two years’ experience working in a press function, preferably in an arts organisation in the UK
• Experience of having worked on an extensive press campaign for an arts organisation
• An extensive database/network of UK-wide press contacts
• Experience of researching and writing press releases
• Excellent planning and strategic thinking skills
• Excellent attention to detail
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Excellent organisational and time management skills
• Ability to liaise with all teams across the organisation

Desirable:
• Experience of working in film communication
• Experience of running a UK-wide press campaign for a high profile arts event

To apply

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 24 July 2017, with interviews due to take place early August and the post commencing on Wednesday 16 August. To apply, please send a detailed CV outlining your educational and employment background, including the names and contact details of two referees who could be contacted independently, accompanied by a cover letter to Justine Atkinson: [email protected] Deadline: 24 July 2017. Please address in your cover letter all the essential (and desirable, if applicable) criteria, and highlight any significant successes you have achieved as a press officer.

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