Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival


A new season and a new approach. After 18 years BFMAF is moving to a new date, 3 – 5th March 2023. Find out more here.

To better understand the reasons behind this date change please read our Festival Statement




Rate of Pay

£28,000 per annum

Application Deadline

March 7, 2022
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Job opportunity: Deputy Director

Rate of Pay

£28,000 per annum

Application Deadline

March 7, 2022



This is a new role at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) and an exciting opportunity to shape the organisation’s future.

The Deputy Director will work closely with the Festival Director on the strategic planning and development of BFMAF. The role will focus on how the Festival’s aims and objectives are resourced and delivered on a day to day and long term basis.

The Deputy Director will contribute to the collaborative work of the Festival at a significant stage of its development. They will form mutual relationships and partnerships with the people and communities that the organisation works with – in Northumberland, across the UK and internationally.

Your openness, depth of work experience and convergent thinking will enable Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival to put audiences, artists and film makers at the centre of what new cinema can be.

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) is an organisation that supports new cinema and artists’ moving image.

Founded in 2004 by artists Marcus Coates and Huw Davies, the Festival has a resolute commitment to peer support, artistic production and community development.

It leads through collaboration and research and is recognised for its innovative programming and critical engagement.

The 18th edition of the Festival will take place in September 2022.



Inspired by its borderlands location, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival holds pluralist and revisionist ideas of contemporary cinema, its history and curation.

Festival selections can include:

  • arthouse, documentary or genre cinema
  • artists’ moving image and sound
  • world premieres and freshly restored archival titles
  • installations in gallery and non gallery spaces
  • performance
  • online exhibitions

Together, they hold shared and overlapping interests in asking what new cinema might be.

BFMAF strives to understand and work towards optimal production and exhibition conditions for artists and filmmakers’ work within the resources, scales and contexts it has available.

In evaluating this, the inclusion of audiences and communities that it is involved with – locally, regionally, nationally and internationally are of utmost consideration.



Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival employs 2 full-time, 2 part-time and leading up to the annual festival, around 15 people on freelance and contract basis.

BFMAF is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and a registered charity and is supported primarily by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery, Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and Northumberland County Council.

For more information on the Festival’s Trustees, staff and organisation consult the About Us section of its website and 2021 Festival Catalogue.



The Festival’s home is Berwick-upon-Tweed, an historic Northumberland market town with a population of 12,000 people. Berwick is on the English Border with Scotland, and well known for its Elizabethan walls, iconic bridges, thriving culture scene, wildlife and beaches. The town is served by the east coast main line from London and is 45 minutes by train from both Edinburgh and Newcastle.

Berwick-upon-Tweed is a designated Culture and Creativity Zone for the North of Tyne Combined Authority. This will bring new investment to the town’s cultural life and infrastructure.

For candidates considering re-location to Berwick, living in the area can be a rewarding opportunity to be within five or ten minutes of your work, town amenities, award winning pubs, and river-side or coastal walks.


    Job Description

    Job title: Deputy Director
    Employer: Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
    Reports to: Festival Director
    Responsible for: Finance Officer and Festival Producer (seasonal contract)

    Working hours: 40 hours a week – including some evening and weekend work with time off in lieu
    Salary: £28,000 p/a
    Holidays: 28 days plus 8 public holidays (compulsory)
    Contract: Full time permanent, 3-month probation period
    Start date: April – May depending on candidates’ availability
    Place of Employment: The Maltings, Eastern Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1HU.

    Remote working is possible and BFMAF is open to candidates with job share proposals.


    Main Tasks

    Strategic Development and Fundraising

    • Together with the Festival Director, shape and plan the strategic development of the organisation and its activity.
    • Research and write funding applications.
    • Build on current and cultivate new relationships with funders, Trusts & Foundations, cultural institutions and other potential supporters to resource and develop Festival activity.
    • Work closely with regional, UK wide and international partners to develop and negotiate presentation, co-commissioning and co-production agreements.

    Planning and Production

    • Oversee the project planning and management of the Festival: its timelines, budgets, programmes and projects.
    • Assist the Festival Director and Board in project development and scenario planning.
    • Monitor progress against the organisation’s Business Plan and KPIs.

    People, Audiences and Hospitality

    • Ensure HR policies and procedures are followed, regularly evaluated and updated.
      Recruitment planning and delivery, including issue of contracts and onboarding of new staff.
    • Lead on Audience Access for the Festival programme and year round activities.
    • Working with the Programme Coordinator, support on Audience and Community Development strategy and project partnerships.
    • Plan and oversee hospitality for BFMAF audiences, programme participants and festival guests.


    • Act as a point of contact for the Festival Board, reporting to them on fundraising, finance and relevant operational issues.
    • Prepare, attend and participate in Festival Board meetings.
    • With the Festival Director and Board, ensure that organisational policies are fit for purpose.


    • With administrative support from the Finance Officer, responsibility for day to day procedural financial management for the organisation, reporting to the Festival Director
    • Responsibility for annual budgeting, risk management and business continuity.
    • Liaison with BFMAF’s accountant to complete Companies House and Charity Commission reporting.


    • Build relationships locally, nationally and internationally for the Festival
    • Keep up-to-date with developments in the arts and education sectors, and stay informed about best practice in organisational and talent development.
    • Contribute to BFMAF’s understanding of equality, diversity, and sustainability ensuring that relevant policies and procedures are regularly evaluated and improved.
    • Undertake additional tasks as may reasonably be required.


    Person Specification


    • Degree in arts related subject or equivalent work experience;
    • 2 years’ experience in a comparable role;
    • Demonstrable experience of and interest in film and/or arts festival management with a good understanding of the film and visual arts contexts in which BFMAF operates;
    • Demonstrable experience of successful fundraising from public bodies, trusts and foundations and other funding opportunities;
    • Experience of devising and managing budgets;
    • Experience of reporting to partners and funders, ensuring that the relevant evaluation mechanisms are in place;
    • Experience in line management with the ability to inspire and motivate a team;
    • Excellent understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities;
    • Highly motivated creative thinker, well-organised and with exceptional attention to detail;
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
    • Proven ability to work well under pressure;
    • Self-motivated approach to working and excellent interpersonal skills


    • Postgraduate degree in a relevant area;
    • Experience of working in a small-scale arts organisation;
    • Commitment to artists and filmmakers’ professional development;
    • An interest in developing projects collaboratively with others;
    • Experience with project management apps and confidence to implement this with a team;
    • Following appointment, possibility to be based within commuting distance of Berwick-upon-Tweed, strengthening team working and relationships throughout the region.


    How to Apply

    The deadline for applications is Monday 7 March, 5pm.

    If you are interested in the job and have any questions about the application process, experience required or work itself, don’t hesitate to contact Festival Director, Peter Taylor at

    To apply please complete the online form: Deputy Director Application

    You will be asked to provide the following documents. Please submit them as PDFs titled in the format ‘Full Name_Document’:

    • A covering letter stating why you wish to apply for this key role and how your skills, experience and interests will develop upon the Festival’s potentials. Responses should be no more than 2 sides of A4
    • A CV detailing your relevant skills and experience.

    We also ask you to provide details of two referees, who will be contacted should a job offer be made, and to complete the following Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

    In recognition of our aims as an organisation, and the heterogeneity of our festival programme we are committed to BFMAF better reflecting the people and communities it works with. For the Deputy Director position we particularly welcome applications from individuals from Black and other global majority backgrounds, people from low-income backgrounds, disabled people and those who identify as LGBTQ+.


    Equal Opportunities

    Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is committed to continually developing and evaluating its policies to promote Equal Opportunities and the prohibition of unfair or unlawful discrimination in the workplace.

    The Festival is a publicly funded organisation and is required to statistically analyse the demographics of our staff, contractors / freelancers, artists, trustees, and volunteers. This is for monitoring purposes only and will be anonymised. Any provided information does not form part of a job application, and is not linked to individual personnel records.

    All applicants must complete the equal opportunities monitoring form detailed in the ‘How to Apply’ section.


    Data Protection

    The information you give in your application will be used to create a shortlist for interviews. Any data about you will be held securely with access restricted to those involved in dealing with your application in the recruitment process.

    Your application will be kept on file for a maximum of six months and then destroyed in a confidential manner. Any applications received after the closing date will be destroyed immediately.