Associate Producer 

Rural Nations (Scotland) CIC

Rural Nations Scotland CIC are seeking an inspirational Associate Producer initially to work on the 2021 edition of the Hebrides International Film Festival for communities in the Outer Hebrides. Working within a small team at Rural Nations the Associate Producer will support the delivery of the HIFF Film Festival provisionally planned for the 19th to 24th April 2021. Operating under COVID guidelines for Cinema the Festival will be a blended event featuring indoor screenings (in some venues where COVID compliance can be achieved like An Lanntair Arts Centre) outdoor film screenings, environmental events and some online events (including an online film-makers masterclass programme).  

HIFF screens current international cinema around the theme of Islands, Environments and Remote communities.

A fixed contract from February 2021 to May 2021. (4 month initial contract but may be extended)

Contract type: Fee based part-time, flexible at 2.5 days approx / 18 hrs a week,

Salary: Equivalent £21000 per annum (pro rata to 18 hrs per wk at £12.50 per hr)

Location: Outer Hebrides

Structure: Working from home base or office space as  required                                                              

Production Experience: 2 years+
Apply by Monday 25th January 2021 with interviews week beginning Mon 1st February 2021.

To apply for the post please read the Job description and Person Specification and complete the short Application Form and Monitoring Form available here:-


For further information, please contact Muriel Ann Macleod, Director, Rural Nations Scotland CIC, Email: [email protected] Mob:07789117740 


Application deadline: 25th January 2021 at 17.00.
Location : Outer Hebrides, The Associate Producer can be based on any of the Islands, Lewis, Harris, Uist or Barra
How to apply:

By Application Form & Monitoring Form


Associate Producer Rural Nations Scotland CIC

Job Description and Person Specification

The Associate Producer is required initially to work on the 2021 edition of the Hebrides International Film Festival. HIFF21 is currently being developed as a blended event for the Outer Hebrides on the 19th to 24th April 2021. The Festival screens current international cinema around the theme of Islands, Environments and Remote Communities. As well as current environmental documentaries the Festival screens dramas and short films which celebrate small communities and indigenous cultures across the world.

The Festival is funded by Screen Scotland and delivered in collaboration with An Lanntair Arts Centre and rural venues across the islands of the Hebrides. In 2021 the programme will deliver indoor screenings (under COVID guidelines) outdoor screenings, online screenings, online masterclasses, lectures and outdoor events. For more information on the Film Festival visit /hebrides-international-film-festival.

Working within a small team at Rural Nations the Associate Producer will support the delivery of the HIFF Film Festival during 2021 and following the April delivery may also go on to work on other film and artists development projects for Rural Nations CIC.


Background to the Post:

Rural Nations (Scotland) CIC is an artist led production company based in Stornoway which commissions and presents film, experimental theatre and strategic arts projects.

Working across a broad portfolio of arts initiatives Rural Nations CIC delivers the annual Hebrides International Film Festival and produces our own Island originated professional theatre and film projects in partnership with artists and organisations based across the UK and from other countries.

Over the last 8 years the company has developed an informal network of 13 rural island venues across the Hebrides where we have supported local promoters to present touring performance programmes, Cinema screenings, Film Festival screenings, Carnivals, workshop & lecture programmes. Although we often work in partnership with An Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway our work is focussed on rural community venues across the Outer Hebrides and how they can be supported to deliver Cinema, performance events and workshops.

Key duties and responsibilities:

The Festival Producer will assist the Rural Nations Festival Programmer/Director to deliver the production elements of the Hebrides International Film Festival 2021. This will include the following tasks:-

  • To work on the Festival co-ordination and delivery of the Film Programme for the Hebrides International Film Festival 2021 including supporting negotiations and film bookings.
  • Develop the associated Festival activities in collaboration with the Festival Content Producer including call outs for competitions, lectures, beach cleans and other associated Festival activities which enhance the Film programme.
  • Work with and support the rural Island venue promoters and An Lanntair Arts Centre to deliver the HIFF Festival days at their venue. Including support with event management, Health and Safety and COVID Risk Assessments and Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Working with project partner organisations and national press to co ordinate and support the marketing of the Festival including online presentation of the events on Social Media.
  • Manage the Festival Volunteers both at An Lanntair and at the other venues including arranging training as they prepare to support the screenings.
  • Monitor and evaluate the festival delivery, develop the research materials and processes, then collect and evaluate these materials, photographs and other material for inclusion in the final project reports.
  • The Associate Producer will encourage the development of activities, screenings and engagements under Green Arts guidelines and support the promotion of Green Arts practice in creative projects.      

This description is indicative of the nature and level of responsibilities associated with this job. It is not exhaustive, and the job holder will be required to undertake other duties and responsibilities.

Person Specification:





 Degree in a related Creative Industries   subject or related equivalent industry   experience.

 Evidence of   continuous   professional   development.

 Relevant   Experience

 The Producer should have at least 2   years experience in a Creative Industries   Production setting.

 Strong negotiating and project   management experience.

 Strong marketing skills including   experience of supporting event delivery   through Social Media and online   promotion.

 Experience of delivering events or   projects - Festival / cinema screenings /   film / arts events delivery in a variety of   settings as part of a creative team.

 Experience of monitoring, evaluation and  reporting on creative projects.

 Experience of   initiating and   managing innovative   creative partnerships.

 Experience of   measuring the value   and impact of cultural   events and   interventions.

 Production experience   of rural / Island events   and working with   event Promoters.

 Special   Knowledge and   management   skills

 Excellent communication skills   both written and digital skills   over a mix of   platforms.

 Strong decision-making skills   with the   ability to make   decisions and   recommendations based on the   analysis of options.

 Knowledge of creating and   updating web content.

 Interest and experience  of   working in the Film Exhibition   sector in Scotland.

 Knowledge of current COVID   support information Risk   Assessments, SOP’s  etc.

 Have an understanding and   commitment to Creative   Environmental Projects and the   contribution Arts projects can   make to Climate Adaptation and   Mitigation.
 Personal   Qualities  

 Open and approachable and   used to working with different   kinds of people in a variety of   public engagement settings.

 Good time management and   work load planning.

 Resilient and highly motivated with the  capacity to work under pressure to meet   deadlines and organisational priorities.



 (e.g. ability to   meet special   demands of the   job such as shift   work etc)

 A flexible approach will be required to   suit the needs of the work programme,   working hours may including some   evenings and weekends.




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The Application Form, Monitoring Form (we cannot process your application without this) and any supporting information should be sent to: [email protected]

Deadline for Applications:  Monday 25th January 2021 at 5pm.





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