Technical Director

The CUFF Technical Director (TD) is responsible for maintaining our standard of excellence for each screening. This position leads the Tech Department in the preparation, execution and wrap of all tech related work and equipment leading up to and during the festival. The TD is in charge of protecting the integrity of each film from the time CUFF receives it until it is shipped back to the distributor. The TD coordinates with and manages relevant venue and volunteer staff.

The TD manages the Print Traffic Department and is responsible for communicating with artists and distributors to coordinate the shipping and re-delivery of each film. The TC is responsible for maintaining print traffic tracking spreadsheets with detailed shipping and screening information. The TC also responsible for finding the most cost effective and safest option to ship each film back to the artist/distributor.

Evening and weekend hours required. The TD is a seasonal, but full-time position during the festival, scheduled to begin March 1, 2018 and end June 15, 2018. The TD reports to the Artistic Director, Assistant Director and Executive Director.

The TD will prepare a festival wrap report and will coordinate a post-festival exit interview with CUFF’s Artistic Director and IFP Chicago’s Assistant Director.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain the integrity of each film through pre-festival media management and testing.

  • Along with the Artistic Director and Assistant Director, meets with venue (The Logan Theatre) staff prior to the festival in order to address the venue’s needs and expectations.

  • Compile each shorts block, ingest DCPs at The Logan Theatre and tests each film with its projectionist.

  • Along with the House Manager meet with each filmmaker in attendance prior to the screening to address any requests or questions.

  • Research, acquire, track and manage any tech equipment rentals and coordinate with venue staff to test and protect all gear.

  • Ensure that rentals and personnel costs stay within budget.

  • Work with and maintain playback equipment including 16mm, 35mm, DCP, and file playback as well as computers and hard drives, and physical media like film prints, DVDs and Blu-rays.

  • Work closely with the House Manager to ensure that each screening and Q&A begins and ends on time.

  • Setup and test any extra audio equipment necessary for Q&A/panels.

  • Oversee CUFF’s projection staff and is responsible for recruiting, training, scheduling and managing projection staff and tech volunteers.

  • Coordinate post-festival tech strike, equipment return and print traffic return.


Skill Requirements:

  • Experience setting-up, operating, testing, maintaining, troubleshooting and training others on video projection and audio equipment

  • Extensive experience in film, media and file management, specifically compiling video files (shorts blocks) and prepping/ingesting, testing, and projecting 16mm, 35mm, DCP, Blu-ray, and digital file forms

If you are interested in applying, send an email to with TECHNICAL DIRECTOR as the subject line, and attach your cover letter, resume and why you want to join the CUFF staff in the body of the email. An IFP Chicago staff member will contact you to set up an interview. CUFF is a program of IFP Chicago.