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Executive Director

Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF)

Vancouver, BC

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) was established 40 years ago. Today it ranks among the five largest film festivals in North America both in terms of audience size and number of films. Held over two weeks in late September and early October, the Festival showcases content from more than 70 countries on 9 screens. VIFF complements its screenings, workshops, and events with visiting filmmakers and industry professionals by showcasing innovative developments in film, television, and digital media creating multi-experiential streams in a unique Films+ model.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is accountable for the strategic, creative, and operational leadership of the Festival, the Film Centre, and the Vancity Theatre. The Executive Director is responsible for establishing and implementing a sustainable operating model that balances vision around rich programming, audience and industry engagement, and sound financial and business practices – all amidst an ever-evolving content distribution landscape.

The ideal candidate is a dynamic, inspiring, and business-oriented leader with a passion for films and an appreciation for the creative story-telling process. The ED will have a proven track record of developing and executing a strategic growth plan on behalf of a Film Festival or non-profit cultural organization with parallels to VIFF. Comfortable as the public face and champion of an organization, the candidate will have experience successfully growing audiences, securing private and public funding, and enhancing community engagement. Experience in and/or knowledge of the film industry and wider media landscape, including new and emerging technologies will be beneficial.

This is a rare opportunity to join and to lead a respected institution with an international reputation, to bring strategic and administrative rigor to the organization in a way that honors its rich past while helping it grow its profile as a major cultural player both in Vancouver and internationally. Given the changing landscape for film festivals and the significant strategic potential yet to be leveraged at VIFF, this is an attractive opportunity for either a seasoned leader or for someone on the trajectory towards the top position. In essence, this position can be seen as a career-maker.

To explore this exciting opportunity further, please contact Boyden, our Search Consultants, at (604) 685-0261, or submit your resume below.


Equity and diversity are essential to creative excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, neurodiversity, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.  


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