Programming Manager

Help coordinate and manage programs for the largest green film festival in the world.

The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is the world’s largest showcase of environmental films. We are in search of a Programming Manager to be part of a creative, dedicated team that works together to produce this major annual two-week cultural event, plus a year-round schedule of programs and educational events for the Washington, DC metro.

Each March we partner with leading museums, embassies, universities and theaters in Washington DC to present more than 100 films from around the world. Our audiences are passionate, informed and large. Festival films screen to audiences of 30,000 annually and many screenings are free. All are accompanied by thought-provoking discussion panels that bring together filmmakers and subject matter experts.

The Programming Manager supports the Director of Programming in all facets of festival programming and preparation, including information management and administrative support to festival program development and participation in the film solicitation, selection, and curatorial process.

The Programming Manager is responsible for overseeing the film submission and review process, managing DCEFF’s databases of films and filmmakers to ensure key information is readily available to all departments, in addition to serving as the main point of contact for Festival filmmakers.

This is a year-round position, however the days and weeks immediately leading up to and during the March festival require long, intense hours.


Primary Role And Responsibilities:

  • Respond to all inquiries regarding DCEFF’s film submission and programming process
  • Manage DCEFF’s online submission platform, FilmFreeway, and additional programming databases to ensure that both reflect accurate information and meet the operational needs of the Programming team and other Festival departments — including Marketing, Development, and Operations
  • Maintain all spreadsheets, files, and other data related to Programming information management
  • Work with the Director of Programming to research, track, and solicit potential film submissions
  • Work with Director of Programming to design an agenda and background reports for weekly Programming meetings
  • Create and distribute programming reports with film selection information to other DCEFF departments
  • Manage all aspects of the Programming screening process, including: reviewing DCEFF screener applications, selecting qualified screeners, and ensuring that all films are reviewed on deadline
  • Coordinate with online communications to provide screening info year-round, and with online and the festival guide editor to provide information, revisions, etc for guide.
  • Coordinate and arrange all filmmaker/special guest travel, accommodations, and event reservations
  • Manage print traffic, ensuring all film materials and backups are secured, identified, and delivered to appropriate venues for testing before screenings, in addition to handling return shipments after the Festival



Bachelors degree in film, communications or related field. Minimum 2 years experience in film/video production, conservation/environmental science, event planning or similar professional activities with project management responsibilities. Direct film festival experience a plus. Skills and qualities:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Database management experience
  • Good computer skills, quick to adapt to new software
  • Knowledge of video formats
  • Capable multi-tasker, Detail-oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal communications
  • Works well under deadline pressure


The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films. Since 1993 our mission has been to celebrate Earth and inspire understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film. Each March in Washington DC, we present 100+ films to audiences of more than 30,000. Filmmaker and topical discussions are an important part of our events which happen at more than 30 venues across the city including museums, embassies, libraries, universities and theaters . We also present a year-round screening series, educational programs and community events. Many of our screenings are free, and our Washington, DC location offers the unique opportunity for films and filmmakers to reach national and international lawmakers and decision-makers. Our impact continues to grow both in DC and beyond.

DCEFF provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements DCEFF complies with applicable District laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to