Current Availability


Film Technician
£22,000 pro rata. Fixed-Term position from 1 August until 16 November.
Freelance Applications accepted.

We are looking for a technician to join our team to work with us downloading and preparing the files for the Aesthetica Short Film Festival – a BAFTA-recognised event which takes place from 8-12 November 2017 in York.

You will need to be organised and have excellent attention to detail as well as be passionate about cinema. Ideally, you will have a degree or equivalent in Media Production or Film and Television.

The work will begin part time, but move to full time nearer the festival.
The role includes:

·       Providing technical assistance to filmmakers who are preparing their films to be screened at the film festival.

·       Downloading the films from the filmmakers.

·       Checking the films meet the festival’s technical requirements.

·       Deliver HD films to production team to be made into DCPs or equivalent format.

·       Compress and prepare films for our online version.


The ideal candidate will have the following technical knowledge:

·       Familiarity with common movie file formats.

·       Ability to use QuickTime or VLC to check the following:

o   Framerate

o   Video codec

o   Audio codec

o   Video data rate

o   Video dimensions

o   Video duration

·       Good eye for checking image and audio quality and ability to spot encoding.

·       Advising filmmakers on how to convert their film to meet our technical standards.

·       Advising filmmakers on best delivery methods (e.g. file transfer sites).

·       Familiarity with several transfer methods, such as FTP, transfer websites, Dropbox etc.

·       Prioritising downloads based on file size and expiration date.

·       Familiarity with hard drive disk formats, able to use the right format for files to be accessible on Mac and Windows.

·       Preferably some experience with Linux-formatted hard drives for delivery of DCPs to the cinemas.


Please apply with your cover letter and CV to

Please discuss in detail your technical knowledge and pervious experience.

Deadline for Applications 11 June.




To apply for a work placement at Aesthetica, please complete our online application form.