Posting date: April 5, 2022

We're Recruiting! Apply to join the Calgary International Film Festival's Board of Directors.


Position: Board Director 

The Calgary International Film Festival is recruiting Board volunteers responsible for the governance of the organization. Their primary duties focus on strategic planning, financial oversight and policy development. As a  governance board, directors are not involved in programming or operational matters, which are delegated to the Executive Director. 

The Calgary International Film Festival’s Mission: 

To entertain and engage audiences by curating the most innovative and compelling films, and creating remarkable festival experiences. 

The festival is an 11-day showcase of up to 200 multi-genre films from Canada and more than 50 other countries, hosting gala events, screenings, award ceremonies and special presentations. Additionally, the festival co-presents other programs such as Top Docs and Global Perspectives throughout the year. 

Responsibilities of the Board 

  • Ensure the organization’s activities align with its established vision, mission and values, and review  those from time to time 
  • Engage in strategic planning and the setting of annual goals and priorities 
  • Provide support and high-level oversight to the Executive Director 

Specific duties of Directors

  • Prepare for, attend and participate in approximately six board meetings/year, the annual Board retreat  and regular committee meetings as assigned 
  • Participate in at least one standing committee of the Board (Finance, Governance & HR, Strategic Oversight, External Stakeholders) or additional ad hoc committees that may be struck from time to  time 
  • Act as an ambassador for the Calgary International Film Festival in the community
  • Regularly attend the Festival and its year-round events 
  • Make an annual donation in an amount that is personally meaningful and within individual means • Leverage relationships in the community to help grow the Festival's philanthropic supporters 

Term of Office

Directors serve for a term of three years and can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms, subject to the Society’s bylaws. 


The CIFF Board members have a diverse array of professional skills and experience. This year we are particularly looking for people who may have senior-level experience in the film industry. Previous experience with boards, not-for-profit organizations or festivals is also a plus. One caveat, however. Avoiding conflicts of interest is important to us so if you are a producer or filmmaker interested in submitting a film to the festival, you may not be an ideal candidate. 

To Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter in a single document to by 12 p.m. April 29, 2022.  Please use “Board Director” as the email subject line. Our Recruitment Committee will review all applications received and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

No phone calls, please.

Calgary International Film Festival is an equal-opportunity employer, committed to reflecting our community’s diversity. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

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