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[FILLED] Seeking: Community Partnerships Coordinator (Volunteer Position VSFF2023)

Attention short film fans! We’re looking for a skilled and passionate Community Partnerships Coordinator to join our team!

Working alongside the VSFF team including Outreach, Sponsorship, Marketing, and the Festival Co-Directors, this role will coordinate VSFF’s over 25 (and counting!) Community Partnerships that we proudly maintain year-round. Our ideal candidate is passionate about cultivating partnerships with BC + Canada-wide industry organizations, loves relationship-building, and believes in the power of community. This individual is detail-oriented, collaborative, enjoys keeping up to date with local film industries, and is excited to support a meaningful and supportive partnership program at VSFF.

Sound like you? Read more below:

About Us

Since our inception in 2005, the Vancouver Short Film Festival has been committed

to celebrating Canada’s vibrant community of short filmmakers, documentarians, and

animation artists. Our goal is to foster that community by elevating local talent,

connecting filmmakers to audiences, and building ties between emerging and

established filmmakers nationwide.

Each year the festival programs over 50 films and awards over $30,000 in cash and

prizes to Canada’s best short films. Since 2009, screenings and events have taken

place at the VIFF Centre Cinema in downtown Vancouver. In 2022 VSFF held both online and in-person festivals, featuring 51 short works from BC and across Canada, and three days of

Filmmaker-exclusive events.

The 13th Vancouver Short Film Festival will be held in June 2023. We are currently looking for committed volunteer staff members to join our stellar team.

Schedule & Scope

Position Duration: Fall 2022 - July 2023

The time commitment for this role varies based on the festival cycle. During the Fall and Winter, the anticipated time required is 2-5 hours per week. During the lead-up to the festival the time commitment is an estimated 5-8 hours a week, with work increasing as the festival draws nearer. The Candidate is asked and expected to join us in-person in Vancouver for our festival screenings and events from June 2-4 2023.


The Community Partnerships Coordinator will work alongside Outreach, Sponsorships, Marketing, and the Festival Co-Directors to coordinate the VSFF Community Partnerships program leading up to and during the 2023 festival. Key responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing the Community Partnerships program for VSFF 2022-23, supporting overall strategy alongside Festival Co-Directors, Sponsorship, and Marketing teams

  • Coordinating 25+ partnerships with local and nation-wide industry and community organizations, including negotiating and coordinating details of mutual partnership benefits, overseeing successful cross-promotion strategies, and leading outreach and relationship building with current partners

  • Keeping detailed and organized tracking of all partnerships, including asset management, scheduling, and adhering to deadlines and windows of opportunity

  • Attending community and film industry events and programming (online and in-person) as part of engagement and partnership building efforts

  • In collaboration with the Outreach team supports strategy building and identifying new opportunities for the Community Partnership program, including activations with current and new/potential partners. Includes outreach, networking and communications with potential partners

  • Leading Community Partner representation at VSFF 2023, ensuring all Community Partners are represented at the festival and engage with our event as determined by overall Community Partner strategy

  • Leading VSFF’s engagement with Community Partners’ events and activities, coordinating partnership benefits, overseeing cross-promotion obligations, and more

  • Attending staff meetings as required

  • Contributing to the year-end Festival Reporting following the festival

  • Related duties as assigned



  • Are passionate about the film industry and knowledgeable about local + nation-wide arts and media organizations

  • Believe in the power of community connections and excited to learn and/or hone your craft in executing best practices to cultivate strong partnerships

  • Are organized, have great written communication skills, and love to connect with people

  • Are a fast learner who is great working both alone and with a team

  • Have access to the Internet and phone

  • Prior experience managing partnerships or promotional programs on behalf of an organization is considered an asset, but not required

  • Formal education in a Marketing, Film, or Arts-related program is considered an asset, but not required


In exchange for your work, you will receive:

  • A pass to the Vancouver Short Film Festival

  • A reference letter from the Board of Directors, Festival Co-Directors, upon request

  • Recognition in the official VSFF program and website

To apply:

Please complete our online application form at the link below:

Deadline to apply is Monday, January 23rd, 2023, however please note that applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

VSFF thanks all applicants for their interest, however only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Any questions about this posting can be directed to:

For more information about VSFF, please visit


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