The Video Art and Experimental Film Festival is looking for assistant curators to join the festival’s small, dedicated curatorial team. Joining VAEFF’s team as an assistant curator is a unique opportunity to get firsthand, behind-the-scenes experience with a boundary-pushing film festival in New York City.
As an assistant curator, you will watch and evaluate works of video art and film from a vast variety of genres and themes. The ideal candidate for this position should possess a critical eye, a passion for art and film, and strong writing skills. We are looking for self-starters who can work independently and in a team. Work can be done remotely from home during flexible hours, but candidates should be prepared to periodically communicate with the director/chief-curator via Skype.
**Candidates should be ready to commit to a minimum of 4 hours of curation per week for 1 month. After completing 16 hours of curation (around 80 films), you will officially be added to the VAEFF 2019 team under the title Assistant Curator. At this point, you will also be considered for promotion to the hourly paid position ($15/hour) of Associate Curator.**
To apply for Assistant Curator for VAEFF 2019, please submit here:
What does the VAEFF curatorial team do?
The VAEFF curatorial team each year receives and reviews hundreds of submissions from artists and filmmakers from around the world. Submitted works come in a vast variety of genres and themes, including visual narrative, music video, animation, documentary, and fashion film. VAEFF seeks to reflect in its final selection the stylistic and thematic changes that are taking place in contemporary video art and film. To achieve this, VAEFF makes an effort each year to recruit new, young curators with a fresh perspective on work being made today.
What are the benefits and responsibilities of joining the VAEFF curatorial team?
Joining VAEFF’s team as an assistant curator is a unique opportunity to get firsthand, behind-the-scenes experience with a boundary-pushing film festival in New York City. VAEFF takes the task of evaluating hundreds of submissions from artists worldwide very seriously, and all curatorial decisions come with extensive deliberation, scrutiny, and debate. Being part of the curatorial team is a fun and educational experience, but it also comes with the responsibility of maintaining the highest integrity and professional standards.
What are the requirements of a VAEFF Assistant Curator?
As an assistant curator, you will be required to watch and evaluate 80 film submissions in 4 weeks. This is usually broken down to 5 films per hour, 4 hours per week (we recommend watching no more than 2 hours in a day). You will also be expected to communicate with the chief curator via Skype around once a week. Curators residing in New York City might occasionally meet with the chief curator in person. After completing the 16-hour minimum requirement by 4 weeks time, you will officially be added to the VAEFF 2019 team under the title Assistant Curator. At this point, you will also be considered for promotion to the hourly paid position ($15/hour) of Associate Curator.
What is a VAEFF Associate Curator?
To be considered for the position of Associate Curator, you must first have completed the requirements of Assistant Curator. The associate curator is a paid position of $15 per hour. The associate curator is required to complete an additional 12-hour minimum of curation, which will amount to a total of 60 to 80 short films.
Can Associate Curators be considered for another position at VAEFF 2019?
Highly qualified individuals will be more than welcome to voluntarily be involved in programming and other tasks as part of the VAEFF leadership team.
How do I watch and evaluate the submissions?
Where do I work from?
As long as you have an online connection, you can watch and evaluate submissions from anywhere at any time.