Centre for the Moving Image Launches Search for a Chief Creative Officer to Lead Edinburgh International Film Festival and Filmhouse Cinemas

Do you believe in the transformative power of film for individuals and communities? Are you passionate and knowledgeable about films, filmmakers and audiences? Are you an exceptional creative visionary and natural leader? Do you want to live and work in the world’s leading festival city?

(February 12, 2021) – Today, Scotland’s Centre for the Moving Image launched its international search for a Chief Creative Officer, to create, lead and champion the creative vision and voice of Edinburgh International Film Festival and Filmhouse Cinemas, placing film, filmmakers and audiences at the heart of everything they do.

At this time of massive change in the film industry, CMI is looking to the long term. The Chief Creative Officer will be responsible for developing and driving the creative vision and strategies for the whole of the CMI, including its curated screenings programmes, and its audience development, community engagement, learning, talent and industry development programmes.

The CMI believes that they will be stronger with greater diversity at all levels in the organisation and therefore welcome applications from those who bring difference.

Recruitment agency Saxton Bamfylde has been appointed to run the international search process, which closes on 3rd March 2021.

Full information on the role is available at: www.saxbam.com/appointments, using reference BANAQA.

The new Chief Creative Officer will create and lead the vision for Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2022.

More information on plans for Edinburgh International Film Festival 2021 will be announced soon. Meanwhile EIFF’s Youth Weekender 2021 will take place 26-28 February. The exciting online weekend of film sets out to connect young audiences with great films. This year’s Weekender includes a watch party series called Woman with a Movie Camera – featuring three landmark films from three iconic women film makers and a Film Course Showcase – designed to arm future film students with all they need to know about how and where to study film in Scotland. All events are free and each film is available on BFI Player, the BFI’s streaming platform, which has a specially extended FREE trial.

More information at https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/latest/woman-movie-camera.

Ken Hay CEO of CMI said “We are excited to be launching the search for the Chief Creative Officer today. The film industry and film festivals are going through a period of rapid change and this is a fantastic opportunity for a creative visionary who is passionate about films, filmmakers and audiences to lead EIFF, Filmhouse Cinemas and the breadth of our charitable work into the future.”

About Centre for the Moving Image
The CMI incorporates Scotland’s leading independent cinema, Filmhouse, the iconic Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen.

The CMI is aiming to increase the range and quality of opportunities for a wider range of people to be inspired by and engage with film and the moving image, centred on artistic quality and excellence, genuine inclusivity and delivered in an environmentally sustainable way.

As a leader in its field, the CMI works to positively challenge, take risks, and believes in the independence of voice and genuine choice for audiences.

300,000 people come through their doors each year to be inspired, excited and challenged by the films they show, the learning, community engagement and talent development opportunities they provide, and the festivals and special seasons they host, including EIFF.

The CMI is a registered Scottish charity. Filmhouse is a founding member of the Edinburgh Cultural Venues Group, EIFF is a founding member of Festivals Edinburgh, and Belmont Filmhouse and CMI are founding members of Culture Aberdeen.

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