Working at Cucalorus

Cucalorus was founded in 1994 by the underground filmmaking collective Twinkle Doon. At the inaugural event, crowds wrapped around the block to see 16 local films screening at Water Street restaurant by the Cape Fear River. Today, Cucalorus is a multi-disciplinary arts organization supporting emerging and innovative creative professionals through four film festivals, a residency program, indie film funding, a community cinema, a popup cinema series, and an educational community outreach program. Cucalorus is a fast-paced, highly collaborative work environment with some late nights, a few dogs, and lots of popcorn. 

Job Openings

To apply for a position at Cucalorus please send your cover letter, resume, and a haiku about your favorite film to jobs@cucalorus.org by February 3. We’ll be conducting interviews on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as possible. 

Communications Coordinator

The Communications Coordinator is responsible for cultivating positive relationships with strategic media partners and for providing clear information to the public through the festival website, marketing materials, and verbal communication. The Communications Coordinator provides administrative support to senior staff and works closely with the Executive Director to create a strategy for increasing public awareness about the festival and to cultivate attendance for events. The Communications Coordinator will be charged with enhancing the public’s understanding of Cucalorus by maximizing our presence on the internet, in print media, and on television. The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for developing and deepening relationships with key media and community partners. The Communications Coordinator will work with the entire Cucalorus team (staff and volunteers) to maintain the festival website, blogs, facebook, and twitter. The Communications Coordinator works with the Executive Director to manage the Mailchimp email newsletter – keeping email addresses up to date and gathering information to send out on a regular basis. The Communications Coordinator will monitor online listings for Cucalorus and maintain a presence on industry and entertainment websites (like imdb) as needed. The Communications Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Director to identify additional seasonal, contract staff to support the Communications work of the organization. The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for maintaining press contacts in the Cucalorus Customer Database. The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for creating and updating graphics as needed for ads and other publicity. The Communications Coordinator will play an active role in coordinating the foundation’s annual crowdfunding campaign.

This is a full time position. 

Programming Coordinator

The Programming Coordinator manages the artistic programming of the Cucalorus Film Foundation and works closely with senior staff to maintain relationships with filmmakers, artists, entrepreneurs and other creatives who are potential presenters during the festivals and other foundation events. The Programming Coordinator is responsible for managing all communications and documentation for the residency program, and maintains the residency calendar. The Programming Coordinator works closely with the Operations Manager to support Jengo’s Rentals and Popup Cinemas. The Programming Coordinator plans and manages the submission system for all festival programs for Cucalorus Festival, Lumbee Film Festival, Tarheel Shorties, and Surfalorus. The Programming Coordinator is the primary caretaker of the programming database and manages the flow of information into and out of the database as needed for reviewing applications and making decisions about festival programming. The Programming Coordinator organizes information in the database as needed for selection, promotion, and presentation during the festivals and other events. The Programming Coordinator provides critical support to the Technical Department and works closely with the technical director and the print traffic manager. The Programming Coordinator insures that accurate contact information is maintained for all films, speakers, presenters and events being held during the festivals and throughout the year. The Programming Coordinator works closely with the head of screenings to manage training of all Screenings Coordinators and to schedule and train all Screening Hosts. The Programming Coordinator works with the Executive Director to make final selections and to organize the schedule of events. The Programming Coordinator works with appropriate staff to support all communications with submitting and participating artists. The Programming Coordinator works with the travel coordinator to plan travel for artists and other guests of the festival. The Programming Coordinator is responsible for providing timely and consistent communication with all of the filmmakers and artists that work with and for the organization. The Programming Coordinator is responsible for producing box office reports and delivering a timely attendance report for all events. The Programming Coordinator is responsible for maintaining relationships with distributors. The Programming Coordinator will oversee staff and volunteers working in the programming and screenings departments.

This is a part time position (approx. 20 hrs/week), with additional hours leading up to Cucalorus Festival in November.