Media Relations Manager
Denver Film Society
Full-time: Late September – November (through festival conclusion and wrap-up)
Salary Range: $3,500
Location: Sie FilmCenter – 2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206, and occasional remote work
Reporting Structure: Reports to the Denver Film Festival Media Relations Director
Currently, Denver Film requires all staff be vaccinated for COVID-19 and is also requiring everyone in its building(s) to wear masks. “Vaccinated” means fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the CDC (i.e., more than 14 calendar days following receipt of a final dose of an FDA or World Health Organization authorized or approved vaccine). Denver Film will engage in an interactive process to determine if a reasonable accommodation is available for those who cannot be vaccinated due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief.
Denver Film seeks a Media Relations Manager to develop and implement all aspects of the media relations strategies and tactics for the Denver Film Festival (DFF), the largest premier film event in the Rocky Mountain region that happens across multiple venues over 12 days filled with films, red carpet events, panels, curated virtual reality (VR) and immersive experiences, and special events. The Media Relations Manager plays a critical role in ensuring the proactive implementation and management of all media relations throughout the Festival and its multiple events.
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 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 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 is to create entertaining and transformative experiences for the Colorado community through the power of diverse voices in film.
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 other; we continuously explore ways in which film can foster community
Accessibility – We advocate for the diverse ideas, cultures, opinions, and needs of our 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 education, inform, and invoke though provoking conversations
Collaboration – We embrace partnership and teamwork, working collaboratively to build community through film
What You’ll Do:
The Media Relations Manager will be a primary point of contact for mainstream and trade media prior to, during and immediately following the Festival. The Manager will work in tandem with the Media Relations Director to develop the full scope of the media relations plan for the Festival and implement that plan for all internal and external audiences working in cooperation with the other Denver Film and Festival personnel and departments. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Research, develop, manage media database/contacts
Organize ticket/screening requests and event invitations for press
Develop, distribute and manage all media materials for Festival promotion and publicity needs including but not limited to:
Bio sketches/profiles for guests/filmmakers
Create, update and manage additional content for website media portal to include:
Media library – access to photographs
Press releases and advisories for DFF44
Identify, develop and pitch media/publicity opportunities for print, online/digital, and broadcast media
Manage media requests for select Festival categories/films and coordinate info and interviews.
Work with colleagues in marketing and social media to develop comprehensive communication plans and to coordinate Festival announcements, media posts/content development/timing and scheduling
Coordinate with photography/videography team on content and media access
Organize and implement media check in at screenings, Red Carpets, Award Receptions and additional special events for all venues – in person and virtual as needed.
Coordinate with Guest Services team on all scheduling, guest appearances, media coordination
Coordinate with Festival team on resources and set up requirements for all media check-ins
Track, compile, and record all media coverage for assigned films, guests, and programs during Festival
Manage and work within the Festival media relations budget
Track all expenses with timeliness and accuracy
Work to support the festival overall and the needs of all departments
Ensure that Denver Film’s high festival standards and the expectations of media and guests are met before, during, and after the festival
Who You Are:
The ideal candidate will be a skilled problem-solver who takes initiative and can communicate clearly with internal and external stakeholders. This individual will have media relations, event management experience and will utilize their strong organizational skills to develop and execute plans quickly and efficiently, making adjustments as needed. The ability to work cooperatively with other media relations team members, Festival staff and volunteers and work well as part of a team are important assets for this position. The Media Relations Manager should excel at functioning in high-pressure situations while maintaining a calm, professional manner.
How to Apply:
Please visit DenverFilm.org to submit your application. 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 Sept. 15, 2021, but the deadline for applications is Sept. 20, 2021. If your application is moved forward, the application process may include 2-3 interviews with Denver Film staff members.