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tilde: Melbourne Trans and Gender Diverse Film Festival is looking for a passionate, creative, hard-working and committed individual to join tilde as the Festival Manager for the 2021 Festival.

The Festival Manager will be responsible for the operational and financial aspects of delivering tilde Trans and Gender Diverse Film Festival, in coordination with the Creative Director who leads the artistic and programming aspects. Reporting to the tilde board, the role is to lead in the delivery of festival programs and events that are artistically innovative, encourage community development, ownership and involvement in a community-based international film festival.

Employment Status: Voluntary

$1500.00 fee + Expenses Covered

0.2 EFT: this role is 7.6 hours/week with flexibility in when hours are worked. It is expected that EFT will increase at key times and reduce in period after festival/acquittal.

Reports to: tilde Board

Coordinates with: Creative Director

Creative Director Supervises the Program Manager and Programming Team

Supervises: The following tilde operational roles, to be filled in 2021:

  • Panel Discussions Producer
  • Festival Volunteer Coordinator
  • Any Additional Festival Production Roles

Supported by: Festival Coordinator (tilde-wide administration)

Chief Operations Officer

Chief Marketing Officer

These roles manage tilde festival and non-festival activities.


  • Take the operational lead on establishing and implementing the festival vision and strategic objectives, in conjunction with the committee and board members.

  • Oversee festival budget, including resource allocation/expenditure.

  • Grow funding opportunities for the festival with sponsorship team members, coordinating fund raising & grant writing if required.

  • Manage 2 to 3 future team members, including recruitment and induction of new team members and identifying appropriate development opportunities.

  • Monitor and prepare the budgets for the festival (including staffing and budget details) for ratification by the committee.

  • Deliver written and oral reports to the Board as required.

  • Set agenda and chair festival team meetings with the Creative Director.

  • Ensure the festival is a safe, inclusive and welcoming place for all members of the TGD and wider community

  • Represent tilde Film Festival to media, other arts organisations and key stakeholders

  • Be a public face and advocate for the organisation in wider discussions involving the creative industries – especially concerning gender diversity and representation.


  • Extensive experience of / connection to TGD and / or queer community.

  • Understanding of challenges and benefits of working with marginalised communities.

  • Affinity with values of tilde and a broader understanding of the role tilde plays in the local and international queer film festival context.

  • Strong and collaborative leadership abilities and experience in leading teams / supervising staff or volunteers.

  • Demonstrated experience in project management, such as the ability to successfully plan and implement community projects within budget and timeframe. Excellent organisational skills and ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Ability to cultivate productive working relationships across a range of stakeholders.

  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to write, prepare and deliver presentations and public addresses..

  • Willingness to be a face for the organisation (with the Creative Director) and engage regularly with media and general public.


  • TGD identified.

  • A demonstrated passion for TGD community arts and events.

  • Demonstrated experience at management level in the non-profit sector.

  • Proven experience in curating or programming in a festival environment, or other relevant experience in arts management.

  • Strong knowledge of community-based arts (including key principles and evaluation processes).


Since 2020, tilde has operated remotely, with a gradual return to regular face-to-face meetings beginning in 2021. While the team has no dedicated communal space, there are regular team meetings, and ab expectation of strong and frequent email and phone communication with team members in all stages of the festival and pre-festival.

From 2016 tilde has been hosted at Footscray Community Arts Centre. To ensure support the Directors can explore being based at the venue if desirable, with flexibility to work from home as required.

ABOUT tilde

Based in Melbourne, tilde is a community-based, international film festival that showcases and supports the work of trans and gender diverse (TGD) filmmakers and artists, along with works that have TGD content, for the TGD community and a wider audience.

Mainstream representations of TGD people are still largely produced by non-TGD people for non-TGD imaginations. tilde seeks to counter not only such restricted representations and their narrow notions of audience, but the very constrictions of normative ideas of gender that are at their core, along with other interconnecting forms of oppression.


We aim to provide opportunities to trans and gender diverse filmmakers, to challenge gender normativity, and to celebrate diverse representations of gender.

tilde values:

  • Trans & GD filmmakers’ and artists’ perspectives and expertise.

  • Inclusion and representation of people from a range of backgrounds, across race, cultural background, abilities, class identifications, and that the intersections and interconnectedness of forms of oppression are acknowledged.

  • Community engagement and ownership in storytelling and production processes.

  • Partners, lovers, allies and family as an integral part of our community.

  • Inclusion of other forms of community-based arts and events.

  • Expanding narrow representations of gender through artistic programs and events.

  • Building relationships, networks, and skills within the communities through an encouragement of dialogue and the exchange of stories and experiences.

  • The idea that ending the persecution of TGD people is inseparable from ending all gender oppression.

  • Accessibility; financial, social and physical.

Governance & structure:

Currently fully run by volunteers, the tilde team comprises the following roles:

  • Creative Director & Festival Manager

  • Festival Coordinator

  • Marketing and Media (4+ people)

  • Sponsors, Friends & Partners Manager

  • Program Manager

  • Programming Team

  • Chief Operations Officer

The festival also draws from a range of advisors from whom it receives guidance on artistic, legal, strategic and other issues.

The tilde team comprises TGD and TGD-allied individuals with considerable expertise in trans and queer arts and culture (spanning roles as both artists and producers) and many years of experience in engaging with Victoria’s TGD community. The tilde team’s professional backgrounds span arts, film, community, health, education, media, activism, science, and academia.

tilde is a not-for-profit incorporated association that is bound by the model rules. tilde has an operational committee. There is a further separation of operational/financial and artistic/programming responsibilities reflected in the splitting of roles between Directors.


To apply, please submit a cover letter outlining your skills and experience along with your CV by clicking Apply Now.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a remote interview via Zoom in late March. Applicants are expected to commence the role immediately.

If you have any initial queries about the position or the Festival, please contact the Festival Coordinator or Operations Team (info@tildemelbourne.com, using the subject line: tilde Festival Manager (voluntary) enquiry via EthicalJobs).

TGD-identified people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of colour, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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