Classification: Contract 

Full-time: July – November

Salary Range: $22,000 – $30,000

Location: Sie FilmCenter – 2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO  80206 and Remote Work

Reporting Structure:

Reports to the Chief Marketing Officer, Director of Operations, Festival Artistic Director, and Sie Film Center Artistic Director

Supervises DFF seasonal staff and contractors

Position Summary: 

The DFF Production Manager is responsible for executing all logistics and project management related to the production of the 2021 Denver Film Festival. This role oversees and manages the work of the DFF production team including seasonal contractors and volunteers. The Production Manager reports to the Director team and is a key member of Denver Film, working extensively with our year-round staff.

About Denver Film:

The first Denver International Film Festival was successfully launched in May 1978. Three years later, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Denver Film Society was created to expand opportunities to bring films to Denver that otherwise might not be shown and to celebrate and cultivate film as an art form.  Over the years the organization has grown into one of the largest and most respected cultural institutions in the Rocky Mountain region. In 2019, the organization rebranded to Denver Film in an effort to build a more inclusive organization.

This effort continues as we focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility across our wide array of year-round programs including the Colorado Dragon Boat Film Festival, Women+Film Festival, CinemaQ Film Festival, CineLatinx Film Festival, Film on the Rocks, and the Denver Film Festival. Denver Film operates the Sie FilmCenter, which is the year-round cinematic home hosting over 800 films, education programs, community conversations, filmmakers from around the world, and special events throughout the year. 

Our Mission: 

Our mission is to create entertaining and transformative experiences for the Colorado community through the power of diverse voices in film. 

Our Values: 

Creativity – We cultivate curiosity and innovation in everything we do to transform lives through film

Community – We strive to create a sense of fellowship with others; we continuously explore ways in which film can foster community

Accessibility – We advocate for diverse ideas, cultures, opinions, and needs of communities with focuses on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility

Professionalism – We act with respect, integrity, and competence. We are accountable for our actions and choices

Excellence – We challenge ourselves to mindfully curate films that educate, inform, and invoke through provocative conversations

Collaboration – We embrace partnership and teamwork, working collaboratively to build community through film

What You’ll Do:

This is a manager-level position that reports to the Operations Director, Artistic Director – Sie FilmCenter, Artistic Director – DFF, and the Chief Marketing Officer. You will work closely with the Director team to build and implement all activities of the Denver Film Festival. 

Festival Production & Operations

Oversee the execution of all DFF programs, including in-person and virtual film screenings, Red Carpet events, special presentations, and receptions

Develop, oversee and maintain event production systems and workflows for creating “show flow” documents for each screening, program, and special event

Lead project management, including the development of a comprehensive Production calendar with key dates and deliverables, developing meeting agendas, and facilitating regular team meetings with actionable next steps

Update production manuals and policy documents as needed

Oversee COVID-related Health & Safety production policies and procedures

Support execution of onsite sponsorship activations

Satellite Venue Operations

Oversee the execution of screenings and events at all satellite venues, including developing written policies of operation procedures

Act as the primary contact for on-site operations, admissions, and coordination with on-site vendors

Oversee the management of the volunteer workforce

Facilitate on the ground production of facility rentals

Staff Management 

In collaboration with the Director of Operations, manage the hiring and onboarding process for all seasonal staff and contractors

Manage the seasonal production staff of the festival and serve as the primary point of contact, with a focus on key positions: Director of Operations, Artistic Director, Marketing Director, Tech Director, Media Manager, Venue Managers, and Volunteer Manager

Lead festival meetings on a weekly basis leading up to DFF and provide a comprehensive report as the final deliverable

Who You Are:

The ideal candidate will be extremely detailed oriented with the ability to take initiative. Being able to understand a complex program and enjoy problem-solving for the various issues that come at any event production team. Being able to work both independently and as a part of a team. You are able to multi-task and delegate as well as having a strong ability to prioritize and keep people around you on track. You keep calm no matter what the situation at hand is and always look for the best-case outcome.

You have likely worked in a multi-day festival before, have managed a large team, and have exceptional leadership skills to keep people motivated and excited about the work we are doing. You have likely used a lot of different software platforms and tools in order to keep track of all the detailed specifics of a major event. You have managed large event budgets and feel comfortable around numbers. You have worked closely with contracts and understand venue and staff management principles. You are positive, hard-working, and passionate about helping to put on the best event possible. 

How to Apply:

You can submit your application at Also required in the application process is a cover letter. 

Denver Film is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment policies and programs of Denver Film are nondiscriminatory in regard to race, gender, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation. All potential candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, person of color, immigrant, living with a disability, low-income, or LGBTQ+ are highly encouraged to apply.


Review of applications begins June 15, 2021, but the deadline for applications is June 25, 2021. If your application is moved forward, the application process may include 2-3 interviews with Denver Film staff members. The tentative starting date is mid-July, 2021.

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