Job Opening: Distribution Coordinator

Cinema Politica (CP) is a non-profit exhibition and distribution network for independent political film and video made by Canadian and international artists working mostly in the documentary genre.

Cinema Politica is seeking to hire a full-time Distribution Coordinator who will handle the theatrical, non-theatrical and digital distribution of acquired titles, and provide support in the execution of impact and dedicated distribution campaigns and activities. The Distribution Coordinator will work closely with the CP Executive Director and will be responsible for specific administrative tasks in addition to their primary duties.

We are interested in proactive applicants who have a specific interest in new, creative and alternative strategies to film distribution both in traditional and online environments, and who are motivated to experiment and grow with the position. This position is an ideal opportunity for a recent graduate of an applicable degree who is interested in gaining experience at a media arts organization with a global reach that is committed to creatively and critically-minded community empowerment and social justice.

This is a full-time contract position with a possibility of renewal. Remuneration for the position is $18 – $22 per hour or negotiable based on experience. The selected candidate will start in January 2022 at our Montreal (Quebec) office.


Impact and Distribution Coordination

  • Participate in the conception of distribution plans and strategies for individual titles in all markets in collaboration with team members
  • Participate in the creation and execution of impact distribution campaigns and film tours
  • Closely monitor and respect distribution contracts with producers, sales agents and distributors
  • Pursue and negotiate theatrical releases
  • Process orders for institutional, educational and broadcast sales
  • Process booking requests for non-theatrical screenings
  • Manage and track festival submissions
  • Oversee the subtitling and the production of DVDs, BluRays or DCPs
  • Manage, maintain and update the status of elements and digital assets for distribution

VOD Coordination

  • Negotiate and secure screening fees with rights holders based on CP fee structure and allocated budget
  • Ensure balance and diversity in programming
  • Process contracts and oversee related invoicing
  • Participate in the conception of distribution strategies for online platforms
  • Coordinate media ingestion, closed captioning, metadata aggregation, and distribution of servicing elements for multiple areas


  • Implement promotional and outreach strategies for individual titles conceived with the Executive Director, Communications Coordinator and the filmmakers / producers of films
  • Manage promotional timelines and respect scheduling
  • Assist in the creation of marketing and promotional materials, and distribute publicity materials


  • Assist with data collection, research and grant writing if needed
  • Scout titles of potential interest to CP and invite submissions
  • Maintain internal distribution calendar of events and deadlines
  • Liaise with the Communications Coordinator, VOD Coordinator, and Executive Director
  • Provide sales reports when required
  • Research new approaches to digital distribution
  • Suggest areas for process improvement and fulfilling different projects
  • Troubleshoot autonomously and with team members
  • Work closely with the CP team to complete time-sensitive tasks


  • A degree in Media, Film and/or Communication, Business, or relevant work experience
  • Excellent language skills in both English and French, written and oral
  • Knowledge of audio/video file formats, film formats, frame rates, video resolutions, aspect ratios, audio configurations, etc.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent and efficient research skills
  • Strong collaboration and interpersonal skills
  • Strong knowledge of the Internet and proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Strong familiarity with Cinema Politica and its activities is a must
  • Good understanding of the non-profit and media arts sectors
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and problem solve


  • Previous experience in film distribution or production, archiving or database management
  • Passion for and knowledge of documentary and/ or political independent film
  • Experience in arts / cultural organizations
  • Knowledge of film networks and the distribution landscape in Canada and internationally
  • Adaptable to a flexible work schedule
  • Ability to communicate in community and activist setting in addition to film industry settings

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter (maximum one-page please) describing why you’d like to work with us, your CV highlighting your relevant experience, and the names and phone numbers of three references. Please submit both documents as PDF files to jobs [at] cinemapolitica [dot] org.

Employment Equity

Cinema Politica is dedicated to diversity and employment equity, and as such we encourage applications from individuals from diverse, under-represented and marginalized communities. If you would like to be considered for employment equity, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Deadline to Apply: November 29, 2021.

Interviews and training of the successful candidate will take place shortly after the deadline to apply. Employment is set to begin in January 2022 at our Montreal (Quebec) office.


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