Film Operations Manager – Canadian Film Institute

The Canadian Film Institute is looking for a Film Operations Manager. This entry level position plays a key role in the technical production of both live and online Canadian Film Institute (CFI) events and screenings.

The Canadian Film Institute is a registered charity which runs film events and festivals throughout the year including the Ottawa International Animation Festival which is one of the largest events of its kind in the world and the IFFO – the International Film Festival of Ottawa.

We offer a fun work environment with downtown offices in the Arts Court Building. You must be able to work at home but when it is safe to do so, be able to work in person. During the OIAF and IFFO, you may be required to work unusual hours.

Reporting to the Film Operations Director, the Film Operations Manager will:

  • Provide administrative assistance for CFI events and festivals including website and database management, arranging delivery and keeping track of presentation materials, and other operational responsibilities.
  • Track and organize print traffic.
  • Correspond with filmmakers, producers and distributors regarding submissions and screening materials.
  • Test and troubleshoot of screening materials and equipment.
  • Creation of DCPs, blu-rays, video/audio files, and other on-screen materials for screenings and events when necessary.
  • Assist with technical logistics, procurement, and A/V presentation for all CFI events and festivals Includes the procurement and maintenance of computers and office-related technical equipment, and providing assistance with technical issues in the office and at all CFI venues.
  • Assist with the preparation and organizing of OIAF and IFFO film programming among other CFI events.
  • Process incoming entries and manage the OIAF/CFI database.
  • Help with the coordination and logistics of the OIAF Selection committee process.
  • Monitor incoming materials for programmed films.
  • Prepare OIAF film programming information for publications and website.

Must have the following abilities and experience:

  • Attention to detail
  • Organization skills
  • Self-directed, but comfortable asking questions/for help as needed
  • Previous experience with running tech for live events, screenings, presentations, etc
  • Able to work in a busy environment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Keeps calm under pressure
  • Passion for film

Other skills that would be an asset:

  • A post-secondary degree or diploma in a relevant field of study preferred but not required
  • Adobe Creative Suite knowledge
  • Editing and encoding knowledge/experience
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office, Google Workspace)
  • Knowledge/experience with web design, coding, HTML, SQL
  • Experience with film programming
  • French, other languages


Starting salary of 38K with a benefits package.

2 weeks of paid vacation (plus an additional two weeks off during the December holiday closure)


Please submit a PDF of your cover letter and CV by email to Kelly Neall, Managing Director at [email protected]. We strongly encourage BIPOC, queer, trans, and nonbinary applicants to apply.

The deadline for applications is Monday, November 15. Anticipated interview dates during the week of November 22.