Current opportunities


We’re looking for a programmer to join our small team and help with the task of film selection for the 2020 edition of the festival. Cheap Cuts Documentary Film Festival is the only short documentary film festival in the UK and this will be our 4th edition. The festival is a not for profit organisation, we are all volunteers and we are particularly interested in promoting the work of independent filmmakers and those working towards using documentary as a means of social and political action.


Cheap Cuts is committed to helping promote equality within film and every year at least 50% of our programme is formed of short documentaries directed by women. We are working towards creating a diverse and inclusive team and we value the importance of diverse voices.


Job Purpose:  

As a programming assistant you will be responsible for helping to shape the 4 day event which will take place at various venues across London. We are looking for someone with a passion for documentary film who has the time to commit between 8-10 hours per week to watching films and providing thoughtful critical feedback. This can all be done remotely, providing you have reliable and frequent internet access. If you are London based, this is preferable but definitely not essential. We would like to have occasional meetings where possible, but arrangements can be made if not based in London.


Reporting to:   Head of programming

Dates of working:  October - December


Hours of work:  Flexible


Type: Volunteer (Expenses covered, references provided and senior programmer opportunity for upcoming years) + Festival Pass with access to workshops and more.

Key responsibilities

  • Watching an average of 10 films a week. (average 20 mins per film) and giving critical feedback.

  • Helping with researching programming ideas.

  • Helping to create an exciting programme for Cheap Cuts 2019

Competencies required

  • Passion for documentary

  • Familiar with contemporary and classic cinema and different styles of documentary filmmaking.

  • Time-management skills to create a reliable workflow and organise with the rest of the programming team.

  • Excellent written English.

Desired skills

  • Experience as a programmer for other festival or film club.

  • Confidence with public presentations and holding Q&A sessions with filmmakers.

  • Creative writing.

  • Experience with social media including Twitter and Facebook.

  • Knowledge of distribution and exhibition.


About Cheap Cuts:


We are a group of creative individuals working with passion to promote documentary as means of social and political action as well as a powerful creative tool. As a self-funded and volunteer-led festival we cannot offer a fee a fee but all expenses will be covered, you will have the opportunity to join a fast growing festival and a very committed team and hopefully we can make of this a long lasting relationship so you can make the project a little yours.


We help our volunteers to make industry connections. We organise short documentary screenings with other European cinemas and cinema clubs so there will be opportunities to meet like minded people working to promote indie film across Europe and other programmers.


Application Process: 


Please send in a cover letter explaining why you want to work with Cheap Cuts highlighting any relevant experience or interests you have to by October 15th.

List some of your 3 favourite documentaries and write a brief review (150 to 300 words) about one of them.

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