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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 organization supporting emerging and innovative artists through an annual film festival, two regional festivals, a residency program, a community cinema, an outdoor film series, and youth education programs. Cucalorus brings people together to celebrate, discover, and create. The annual festival provides a non-competitive environment to support independent filmmakers, performance artists, and community organizers who use storytelling to transform our world. Cucalorus is a fast-paced, highly collaborative work environment with some lots of movies, a few dogs, and a bit too much popcorn.

Job Openings

Cucalorus seeking creative, crafty and outgoing individuals who are ready to join an all-star team of collaborators to plan the organization’s festivals, residencies, and educational events. 

Communications Manager

The Cucalorus Film Foundation seeks an outgoing individual who can pour their creative and constructive energies into building, promoting and publicizing magical cinematic events. The opportunity is a full-time, salaried position in the Communications Department of the Cucalorus Film Foundation. The Foundation is seeking candidates who have at least three years of experience in communications and enjoy graphic design, web-based marketing, and public relations. Candidates must have strong writing skills, proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign as well as video editing proficiency using Premiere. Cucalorus seeks socially engaged individuals who are both team oriented and self-motivated.

All qualified candidates should have experience working within some aspect of the film exhibition industries and/or non-profit industries. All qualified candidates should have an interest in working with community-based and values driven organizations rooted deeply in tradition, time and place. The position will start in early April of this year. The Communications Manager will receive a $40,000 annual salary and a $200 per month health insurance stipend. Further benefits are earned after one year in the position.


Programming Coordinator

The Cucalorus Film Foundation seeks an inquisitive and conscientious individual who wants to collaborate in building a boundary-defying schedule of films and events for the 28th annual Cucalorus Film Festival. Cucalorus seeks applicants for a full-time, salaried position in the programming department. Qualified candidates need to be proficient using a variety of programs including FilmFreeway, Google Sheets, Filemaker PRO, and others. Candidates should be detail-oriented and should have excellent communication skills. This is an administrative support position that helps to coordinate submissions and selections for the annual festival and other festival programs. The Programming Coordinator will receive a $37,000 annual salary and a $200 per month health insurance stipends. Further benefits are earned after one year in the position.


Sponsorship Coordinator

The Cucalorus Film Foundation seeks an inspired networker who enjoys sharing stories and making connections within the specific community of Southeastern North Carolina. The sponsorship coordinator is a part-time position with an hourly rate of $20 per hour. Qualified applicants must be strong communicators and must be outgoing and eager to work in a small business environment. The Sponsorship Coordinator works closely with the Managing Director to sell sponsorships for the annual festival in November. The Sponsorship Coordinator will be responsible for communicating with hundreds of local businesses and for managing sponsor relations during festival season. The Sponsorship Coordinator will also provide support for additional work within the Development Department including Box Office management, donor cultivation, and grant management, as needed. This position pays $20 per hour working an average of 20-30 hours per week with increasing time leading up to the festival in November. 

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter that includes a haiku about your favorite film to dan@cucalorus.org.