Festival Assistant 2019

This is the most comprehensive of our Work Placements, it is full time (2 Sept – 22 Nov 2019 inclusive) and will give you an opportunity to experience all aspects of running a film festival as well as gaining managerial, marketing and production experience.

You will be involved with managing the day-to-day running of FilmBath Festival (FBF); and assist the Executive Director with the festival’s expansion, funding, advertising, marketing and organisation.

This is the perfect position for someone looking for the work experience they need to boost them to the next step of their career.

Here is what our previous three Festival Assistants have to say about their experiences:

Working for the festival was one of the most amazing experiences; I met remarkable people, learned invaluable knowledge and felt inspired to make change. It tops all of my work experience (including paid production work) and I am so thankful that I didn’t miss this opportunity. The role also lead directly to a full time, paid position in a Bath based production company” Jess Edge

 “Working for the festival was a brilliant experience. I loved meeting and collaborating with the creative, enthusiastic and passionate team of volunteers to produce a festival. As well as being a lot of fun, the Festival Assistant work placement gave me an insight into working in events and helped me secure my current job in an arts organisation.” Laura Knight

“I had a great four months working as Festival Assistant for the festival. Each day was varied and I gained fantastic insight into how a festival works. Working for the festival was a brilliant experience and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in film and events: the experience led on to gaining paid work for two other, large festivals.” Jessica Cowley

We always reward great workers and do our best to help them find their next job/s.

Role Description

  • Manage and support the Volunteers
  • Manage the Volunteers’ time table
  • Provide support in the administration of the festival
  • Assist the Executive Director with the IMDb Awards
  • Support the programming team
  • Manage and implement planning systems to keep content and IT current and systems up-to-date and easy to access
  • Support Executive Director’s management of publicity and marketing during the festival
  • Assist in the production and distribution of all aspects of print for the festival: Film Notes, posters, main brochure and flyers
  • Assist the PR team by sourcing and providing stills and background information on talent
  • Assist the fundraising team with any potential sponsor background research
  • Manage the guests – travel, meet & greet etc
  • Answer phones and undertake office duties if required including typing, photo copying, entering data into spreadsheets, making social and travel arrangements


  • EITHER a graduate OR with at least 2 years work experience
  • Living in or very close to Bath, or somewhere to stay locally
  • Available to work FULL TIME 2 Sept – 22 Nov 2019 inclusive

General attributes

  • Clear thinking, dynamic, intelligent, self-starter with good IT and creative skills
  • Must be happy working in what can be an intense, stressful, high-octane environment
  • Must have a ‘can do’, problem solving mind-set

Particular knowledge & experience required

  • Good working knowledge of Word and Excel plus a working knowledge of Macs
  • Good telephone manner
  • Ability to communicate (in English) with individuals in a one-on-one or group setting by any means appropriate
  • Produce organised, structured, and well written documents (written in good English)
  • Establish cooperative working relationships with colleagues, service contractors and the public
  • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others
  • Work effectively to deadlines and cope calmly with demanding and/or stressful situations that might sometimes arise
  • Ability to work with people of all abilities

Desirable qualities

  • Good working knowledge of Photoshop and In Design
  • A love and understanding of social media
  • An love of/interest in film

We have a bursary of £3,500 for this position. You will need to pay your own tax and NI on this fee.

Apply by filling in this form and then sending your CV and a covering email to: holly@filmbath.org.uk by 19 August 2019

Interviews in Central Bath on 27 Aug 2019

Job starts in Central Bath on 3 Sept 2019

Read about the other placements here