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Seasonal Positions

The 55th Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 16-27, 2019. The Festival unites film lovers and filmmakers from around the world with the belief that movies can involve an audience by challenging, entertaining, and inspiring them. In order to produce such an event, the Festival annually hires a group of dedicated individuals to work both at the Festival office and at off-site venues during the months of August through October.

Basic requirements:

  • detail-oriented hard-workers with strong organizational skills;
  • high customer service skills;
  • the ability to learn quickly;
  • the ability to work in a very fast-paced environment;
  • knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Drive

These seasonal positions entail long hours, and employees are expected to devote as much time as necessary to complete their tasks.

If interested, please email your resume and cover letter to (unless otherwise noted in position description) with your interest. No phone calls, please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Transportation Manager

Duties include managing the schedule of airport pick-ups and drop-offs for all festival guests, overseeing the drivers’ schedules, and attending to guests’ local transportation requirements. Must have familiarity with the downtown locations and traffic conditions. Good driving skills, detail-oriented, polite with professional manner. September 25 – October 29.


Duties include driving Festival filmmakers and invited guests to screenings, special events, etc. Good driving skills, familiarity with the city of Chicago, and a clean driving record are required. Night and weekend availability is a must. October 16-27. Please send your resume and clean driving record to

Airport Coordinator

The Airport Coordinator will be stationed at O’Hare Airport in order to coordinate drivers, Festival guests, and volunteers. They will be in direct communication with the Transportation Manager and Guest Services department. Strong communications skills and wide availability are required. Will be also be required to use personal cell phone. October 14-27. Please send your resume to

Travel Coordinator – FILLED

The Travel Coordinator is responsible for making all travel arrangements for visiting filmmakers and invited guests. Duties include sending travel invitations to filmmakers, jury members and special guests of the Festival, coordinating airline travel and hotel accommodations and welcoming them to Chicago. Will be expected to work within a budget and maintain good relationships with airline and hotel partners. Will work closely with programming, hospitality, transportation, marketing, publicity, operations and special events. Must be extremely well organized, detail oriented, polite and professional, and have strong communication skills. August 19 – October 30.

Jury Coordinator

Duties include attending to the Main Competition Jury or New Directors Jury while they are in town, working with the programming team to build itineraries (screening times, meals, events, etc), and communicating with programming, hospitality, ticketing, special events, and theater staff. Good driving skills and familiarity with the city of Chicago are required. October 10-19

Hotline Supervisor

Works with Ticketing Manager to manage the Festival ticket sales through telephone and internet. Requires good administrative and customer service skills. Must be organized and polite. Responsible for scheduling employee hours, balancing daily sales and fulfilling internal ticket orders. Early September through the end of October. Evening and weekend hours required. Please send resumes to

Assistant Box Office Manager

Works with Ticketing/Box Office Manager to assist with overseeing Festival box office. Requires good organizational and customer service skills. Responsible for implementing daily procedures, balancing daily sales and managing RUSH ticket sales. Early September through the end of October. Evening and weekend hours required. Please send resumes to

Ticketing Agent(s)

Works under the Ticketing Management Team to sell tickets for the Festival through telephones and walk-up sales. Requires good communication and customer service skills. Must have a positive and professional attitude. Responsible for following daily sales procedures and balancing sales sold. Ticketing experience is preferred. Mid-September through the end of the Festival. Evening and weekend hours required. Please send resumes to

Box Office Manager – Filled

Works with Ticketing Manager to oversee the Festival box office. Requires good organizational and customer service skills. Responsible for scheduling employee hours, implementing daily procedures, balancing daily sales and taking inventory of box office supplies. Early September through the end of October. Evening and weekend hours required. Please send resumes to

Ticketing Manager – Filled

Works under the supervision of the Managing Director to oversee all ticketing activities for the Festival, including telephone, mail, online and automated ticketing system. Strong familiarity of ticketing systems is strongly preferred but not necessary. In-house training will be provided. Good customer service skills and ability to balance accounts and prepare deposits required. Must schedule employee hours, supply ticketing reports and time sheets, and oversee ticket fulfillment and disbursement. Location will vary amongst Festival office, box office(s), and off-site store locations. Full-time, some evening and weekend hours required. Mid-August through early November.

Social Media Coordinator – Filled

Working closely with the Marketing & Media Relations Manager, the Social Media Coordinator will serve as owner of the Festival’s Social Media channels, posting scheduled content as well as identifying and executing real-time content opportunities. Must have expert knowledge in and experience with social media brand management; position requires nights/weekend availability before and during the Festival. September 3 – November 1. Please send resumes to

Publicity Coordinator – Filled

The Publicity Coordinator reports to the Publicity Manager and Marketing Manager to assist in the organizational aspects of the Festival’s publicity operations, including managing Festival press clippings, oversee press screenings, and coordinate event photographer schedules and image captions. The Publicity Coordinator will also work with the Marketing & Publicity Team to assist as liaison for press and publicists, aid in creating film one sheets and eblasts, and promote event awareness. Must have 1-2 years of publicity experience, be very organized, and possess strong knowledge of Google Docs, Microsoft Office, Adobe creative suite and familiarity with Chicago. August 26 – November 1. Please send resumes to

Marketing Coordinator – Filled

The Marketing Coordinator reports to the Marketing & Media Relations Manager and Managing Director to assist in the organization aspects of the Festival’s marketing operations, including implementation of marketing plan, media sponsorship fulfillment, materials production, and promotions execution. The Marketing Coordinator will work with the Marketing & Publicity Team to encourage audience development and event awareness. Must have 2-3 years of non-profit or arts marketing experience, strong knowledge of Google Docs, Microsoft Office, Photoshop, WordPress, social media platforms and familiarity with Chicago. August 26 – November 1. Please send resumes to

Festival Publicist – Filled

The Festival Publicist supports every aspect of the Festival Press Office. Responsibilities include serving as publicity contact for Festival films (pitching and securing media coverage), managing press materials, coordinating talent/filmmaker press schedules, managing special events and press lines as needed, logging and distributing Festival press breaks and compiling an exhaustive post-Festival wrap report. Must have 3+ years experience in film publicity. August 19 – October 30. Please send resumes to

Publications Manager – Filled

The Publications Manager oversees the production of the Festival’s print and web materials, including the Sneak Preview, Festival Schedule (54 pages) and Program Book (174 pages). Candidate must have strong writing and copy editing skills, must be able to work to meet tight deadlines, and be able to manage a team of writers. Ideal candidate will have experience in print publications and film background. July 30 – September 13

Graphic Designer – Filled

The Graphic Designer role drives our brand identity in support of our organization, our films and audiences. This role will create a range of Festival marketing materials, including ads, graphics, signage and Festival programming pieces (Schedule, Program Book) in line with the existing 54th Chicago International Film Festival marketing campaign. Designer will be responsible for tracking and hitting deadlines, managing multiple projects at once and responding to on-call requests in a timely manner. Position starts August and runs through October; extended hours (evenings and weekends) at key points leading up to the Festival will be required.

Website Manager – Filled

Maintains a cohesive design for the Festival website, overseeing and coordinating all aspects of including but not limited to: integrating the Festival program into the existing site, uploading new content on a regular basis (including daily updates and announcements during the Festival) and overseeing new and existing initiatives (including introducing advertising space to the site and updating online archive) to make the user experience more interactive and efficient with the goal of increasing site visits and usage. Requirements: minimum of 1-2 years experience in digital design, thorough knowledge of website design practices, proficiency in WordPress, and fluency in HTML coding language, CSS and javascript required, skill in Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC a plus, associates or bachelors degree in web design, communications or related field, knowledge of search engine analytics, familiarity with publishing and design software. August – November.

Theater Manager(s) – Filled

Duties include managing theater volunteers, maintaining a high standard of guest services, controlling crowd traffic, admitting audiences, distributing and collecting surveys and Audience Choice ballots, coordinating last-minute rush ticket sales with the Ticketing/Box Office Manager, and liaising with theater projectionists during screening interruptions if occurs. Long hours and weekends are required. October 8-28. Please send your resume to

Production Assistants – Filled

Assists the Festival’s day to day operations, including venue and event load ins/outs, Festival related runs, and event preparation. Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs, have a valid driver’s license, and have a flexible schedule. Sept 18-Nov 1 and Oct 2-Nov 1. Please send your resume to

Merchandise/Information Manager – Filled

Responsibilities include assisting Festival patrons with ticketing and general information; answering questions about Cinema/Chicago’s year-round programs; sales of Festival merchandise. Must have exceptional interpersonal skills, sales experience, be detail-oriented, and organized. October 8-29. Please send your resume to

Print Traffic Manager – Filled

Confirms, tracks, and monitors the inbound and outbound shipment and transportation of all DCPs and screening files coming to the Festival from around the world. Ensures the DCPs/files are delivered to the correct venues during the Festival for screenings and shipped back out in a timely manner. This is a very multifaceted organizational position that requires great attention to detail and the management of a large body of information. Must have excellent communication and time management skills and be level-headed and meticulous. Previous experience with print traffic and familiarity with film projection is desirable. Proficiency with Google Drive and Microsoft Office are required. August 21 – October 30.

Volunteer Manager – Filled

Duties include recruitment, planning, and scheduling of up to 400 Festival volunteers, conducting new volunteer orientation meetings, delegating volunteer tasks and responsibilities, and inspiring volunteer team. Will work closely with Operations Manager and Theater Managers to ensure coverage of volunteers where needed. Must be detail-oriented and possess strong communication skills. Long hours and weekend hours are required. August 26-October 30. Please send your resume to

Volunteer Coordinator – Filled

Reports to the Volunteer Manager to assist with all volunteer related needs, which include but are not limited to: volunteer recruitment, orientations, scheduling assistance, supervising, and maintaining volunteer database and hours. Must be detail-oriented, friendly and have great customer service skills. Long hours and weekend hours are required. September 30-October 30. Please send your resume to

Special Events Manager – Filled

Oversees all special events at the Chicago International Film Festival including red carpets, gala receptions, filmmaker dinners, tribute events, after-parties, etc. Duties include planning and execution of all events, coordinating with venue and vendors, ensuring a high standard of event production. Long and late hours are required. Must have 5+ years of special events management experience. August 19 – November 1.

Special Events Coordinator – Filled

Assists Special Events Manager with all Festival events, including the administration and setting up of all events, working with venues and vendors to ensure successful productions, and working with the operations team to fulfill all special events needs. Long and late hours are required. Must have events experience and high customer service skills. September 9 – October 30.

Operations Coordinator – Filled

Reports to the Operations Manager and Managing Director to assist in the organization of all operational and logistical aspects of the Festival. Must be detail-oriented, organized and possess a driver’s license. Early September through end of October.