[Filmfestivalresearch] help to research pay levels?

Skadi Loist skadi at filmfestivalresearch.org
Sun Jun 19 12:15:21 CEST 2011

HI Dina, hi all:

This is indeed a very interesting, but tricky question.

I've tried to deal with this in the context of smaller-scale and queer film
festivals.  Because of the lack of quotable references in a more abstract
way (i.e. without direct salaries quoted), but I think it's a start in terms
of research and theorizing this issue:

Loist, Skadi (2011). "Precarious Cultural Work: About the Organization of
(Queer) Film Festivals." Screen  52:2 (2011): 268–273.
hkm&keytype=ref>. (10. Jun. 2011)

This said, I could share a few further observations off list.

Skadi Loist
Co-Founder / Admin
Film Festival Research Network (FFRN)
skadi at filmfestivalresearch.org

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Dear all,

I hope you can help me to research something that may have real practical
implications in the are of festivals.
I am now on the Board of Trustees for the Edinburgh International Film
Festival; a position for Artistic Director will be advertised soon.
In the context of the Board meeting earlier in the week, possible salary
levels were discussed. As everybody else on the board are either lawyers,
accountants or businessmen, people looked at me (as someone who supposedly
knows more about film festivals than they) expecting me to provide
comparisons of what the salaries of other artistic directors of film
festivals are. I realised, however, that I cannot quote a reliable figure;
in their eyes I surely came across as superficial researcher — how is it
possible to claim expertise in a certain area if I do not know the basics of
a festival operation (as the director's salary would be considered a key
element of the business model).

So, I wonder if those of you who know bits and pieces of information on the
matter of remuneration level for festival directors would like to share
privately or through the list? What are the directors of festivals (which
festivals matters, of course) paid? Is it a round-the-year salary or a term
one? Are they normally on term contracts (what length) or permanent ones
(highly unlikely).

I believe we could come up with a piece of meaningful research if we manage
to compare notes. In most professions this information is available; let's
investigate it in the area of our interest.

Looking forward to hearing from you. Best: Dina

Prof. Dina Iordanova
Provost, St. Leonard's College
Director, Centre for Film Studies
University of St. Andrews

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