Deadline for Application: 5:00PM May 27, 2013

GIRAF, or the Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival, now in its 9th year, is an animation festival that runs each November in Calgary, AB.  GIRAF is committed to creating greater awareness for animation as an art form, through 5 days of interactive activities including workshops, artist talks, and animation screenings, focusing on presenting works that push boundaries through the development of new techniques, hybrid forms of creation, and challenging subject matter. 


GIRAF is produced by the Quickdraw Animation Society, which celebrated its 29th anniversary in 2013 and offers facilities, resources, programs and events to support, celebrate and appreciate independent animation. To learn more, visit and


Quickdraw Animation Society seeks a dynamic, organized, and self-motivated individual possessing a strong knowledge of contemporary animation for the contract position of GIRAF Festival Coordinator, reporting to the Programming Director. 

Responsibilities include:
Curation: Working with the Programming Director and Programming Committee to solicit, preview, and program all films for the festival, visiting artists, animation workshops, galas, and special presentations.
Administration – Film and venue bookings, print traffic, box office administration & reporting, and creating systems to manage submissions/donations/sponsor recognition etc.
Promotion – Program Design (Adobe Creative Suite), promotional writing, social media (Hootsuite, FB, Twitter), press releases and launch, web site maintenance.
Funding – Grant writing and reporting, securing sponsorships (both monetary and in-kind), identifying and pursuing new revenue streams, creating and managing budgets.
Leadership – Working directly with Quickdraw Animation’s Programming Director, and potentially overseeing/hiring 1-3 additional employees to handle various festival elements
Strategy and Vision: Strategic positioning of the festival within a worldwide and local context, including communications development with multiple arts and non-arts stakeholders, creating a greater awareness of the festival in the worldwide animation community.


The ideal candidate will have an astute knowledge of contemporary animation and the festival scene.  A demonstrated ability in sponsorship acquisition and management is highly desirable. Two years experience in non-profit management, event planning, marketing and communications is preferred.

Time requirements and compensation

This is a contract position of approximately 700 hrs/year. Hours are flexible, but candidate will be expected to work evenings, weekends, and overtime as necessary, with the majority of hours falling in the 5 months leading to the festival (July-Nov).

Compensation for the position is $13,000 per year.

Applications including cover letter, CV, and three references can be sent by email to peter –at –, with the subject line: GIRAF Festival Director Application, prior to 5:00PM May 27, 2013.

Quickdraw Animation Society is an equal opportunities employer. Only successful candidates will be contacted for interviews.



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