Filmmaker Support Associate

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


Cinereach is seeking a highly-motivated Filmmaker Support Associate to join the team. The Filmmaker Support Associate will work to support the various needs of the Head of Partnerships & Creative Initiatives (~20%), Head of Grants (~40%), and Head of Filmmaker Development (~40%). This role will provide logistical, administrative, and research support in order to ensure that the team meets its organizational and programmatic goals.

About Cinereach

Cinereach is an independent film company dedicated to vital, artful filmmaking. As a philanthropic organization, Cinereach helps expand its films’ creative potential by offering adaptive development, financing, production, and other support models that align with the unique vision of each supported filmmaker. Cinereach also strives for a more sustainable film industry through targeted initiatives and strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations and commercial entities. Recent Cinereach productions and co-productions include the narrative feature films We the Animals, Sorry to Bother You, Beach Rats and a forthcoming stop-motion feature based on Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, as well as the documentaries MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. and Brimstone & Glory. The Florida Project, Last Men in Aleppo, The Fits, and the Academy Award nominated films Strong IslandI Am Not Your Negro, Cutie and the Boxer, and Citizenfour (Best Documentary, 2015), are among over 200 Cinereach grantees across the globe. Filmmakers including Eliza Hittman, Barry Jenkins, and Terence Nance have participated in Cinereach’s year-long fellowships, and producers such as Julie Goldman, Karin Chien, Heather Rae, Shrihari Sathe, and Joslyn Barnes have received awards for their innovation and mentorship through the Cinereach producers initiative. Current partners and supported organizations include Borscht Corp. of Miami, Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA), the SFFILM Invest program, Stockade Works of Kingston, NY, and Sundance Institute’s Art of Nonfiction Fellowship and Creative Producing Program.

Company Culture

The Cinereach team is driven, creative, self-directed and entrepreneurial. Motivated by the opportunity to help bring ambitious visions to life, we apply diverse skills, passions, and a collaborative spirit to our shared work. We strive to create agency with each team member and provide dedicated resources to encourage experimentation with models and approaches of support. We look to everyone on our team to actively advance our company culture and uphold our values, which include: Be Present, Be Thoughtful, Remain Agenda Free, Ensure Trust, and Make it Worth It. Most of the Cinereach staff work in a flexible, open plan office environment, which allows for both independent work and team-wide engagement. 

The Role

Cinereach is a multi-talented, 17 person team, that continues to grow and experiment. This continuous evolution often inspires a start-up mentality and requires team members that drive for a high level of excellence while also being nimble. The Filmmaker Support Associate will work primarily with the Head of Grants, Head of Filmmaker Development and Head of Partnerships & Creative Initiatives—but will frequently be collaborating with other members of the team.

The primary responsibilities of the role include:

  • Executing research for specific projects, programs, and initiatives.
  • Maintaining administrative processes—with an aim towards improving efficiency.
  • Providing logistical assistance for programs and initiatives—including coordinating travel, workshops, and events.
  • Coordinating relevant information and activities within the Filmmaker Support team.
  • Compiling a monthly activity update on supported filmmakers/projects.
  • Project review, as needed

The Ideal Candidate

For this position, the ideal candidate will be someone who strives to tackle projects head-on, be comfortable with self-direction, and thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment while juggling multiple priorities. They will be exceptionally organized and have excellent communication skills. The candidate will have an affinity for independent films, be driven to innovate in both small and major ways, and be looking to join a passionate, mission-driven team. Previous experience in a non-profit or media industry organization required. Experience with event planning preferred.

Background & Qualifications

  • (Required) 2-5 years of relevant experience
  • (Preferred) Event planning experience
  • A proactive, solutions-oriented self-starter, who possesses a flexible, pragmatic and creative approach to problem-solving
  • Able to multitask under pressure, highly organized, detail and process oriented with strong analytical skills
  • Ability to prioritize workload, take responsibility for work and see things through to completion
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills
  • A strong interest in philanthropy and/or the independent film industry


This is a full-time salaried position at our New York City office. We offer a generous benefits package, including health, dental, vision, long-term disability, and employer-matching 401k plan. Cinereach also provides professional development funds, in addition to funds for meeting continuing education requirements, to support self-directed, professional growth. Legal authorization to work in the United States is required.

Cinereach is an equal opportunity employer.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter detailing your interest in this position, along with your resume, to with subject line: ‘Filmmaker Support Associate’ . Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications lacking a cover letter will not be considered.