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ArteEast 2020 Part-time position

Film Programs Curator/Coordinator

ArteEast is a leading NY-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting contemporary arts of the Middle East and North Africa. Through public programming, strategic partnerships, and online platforms, ArteEast is a forum for critical dialogue and exchange.

Through a broad range of activities—including film screenings, exhibitions, educational programs, artist-specific resources, a resource-rich website, the ArteHub signature event series highlighting contemporary arts and expression from the MENA region, a legacy ArteArchive program preserving and presenting 15 years of film and video programming from and about the MENA region, and much more—ArteEast aims to elicit a broader and deeper understanding of the region’s arts and cultures among an increasingly global audiences as well as to encourage artistic excellence.

Position Overview:

ArteEast seeks a Film Programs Curator/Coordinator on a part-time basis with a high degree of familiarity and interest in film and video of the Middle East, North Africa, and their diasporas. The Curator/Coordinator will work on film programs, ArteEast’s legacy ArteArchive* project, as well as provide administrative support associated with ArteEast’s film programs, and marketing and development associated with film programming.

This position will be responsible for curating and managing the ArteArchive collection and preparing for its long-term conservation.

The Curator/Coordinator will work under the direction of ArteEast’s Executive Director and report to the ArteEast Board of Directors.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Update the inventory of ArteEast’s ArteArchive audiovisual collection
  • Curate, develop and implement a pilot preservation and public presentation of selections from the ArteArchive
  •  Collaborate with 3rd party providers of digital preservation services to undertake pilot conservation of select titles from ArteArchive
  • Communicate with filmmakers and distributors regarding rights and fees
  • Coordinate with project partners on curriculum development associated with the ArteArchive aimed at educational outreach



  • Prior demonstrated curatorial experience with a specific focus on the film and video practices of the MENA region;
  • At time of application, at least three years’ relevant professional experience;
  • Effective project management skills and strong organizational skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office applications;


  •  Master’s degree in Film and Media Studies, or relevant field,


  • Experience in copyright law as it pertains to moving image collections and film and media resources;
  • Experience in a special collections in an archival environment.
  • Fluency or proficiency in Arabic, French, and/or Farsi;
  • Experience with Filemaker Pro

Time Frame: between September 1 and December 31, 2020 (possible extension)

Location and Hours:

 Approximately 20 hours per week with a flexible schedule. Remote work, with a preference for NYC-based individuals who can work with the physical ArteArchive, stored in Astoria, Queens, NY.

Application Instructions:

Please send a cover letter and CV to


  • *ArteEast’s film archive consists of materials collected over the course of theorganization’s film programming, including the programs The Calm After the Storm:Classic and Contemporary Lebanese Cinema (originally co-presented with the FilmSociety of Lincoln Center), Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema(ArteEast’s multi-year collaboration with MoMA), and the groundbreaking series Lens on Syria: Thirty Years of Contemporary Cinema (which debuted at Lincoln Center and was presented in over 40 venues worldwide). It has been suggested that ArteArchive may contain some of the last remaining copies of films by significant Syrian directors. ArteArchive contains works from Palestine, Morocco, Iran, Jordan, Sudan, Spain, Turkey, Austria, Finland, Sweden, France, Egypt, Germany, the United States, Canada, Libya, Tunisia and many others. Formats include DVD (PAL/NTSC), 35mm, 16mm, Mini DV (PAL), and Digi Beta (PAL).