Join the Watersprite 2020 Student Committee!
Watersprite offers a unique opportunity for students from universities in Cambridge to produce an international film festival like no other. You have the chance to meet and work with industry professionals and build a network with filmmakers from across the globe. Past committee members have even gone on to work for our partners or become film producers! The opportunities are endless, but the first step is to get involved and apply now!
Opportunities currently available as Festival Secretary and in Events, Communications, Partnerships teams!
Watersprite typically recruits two Festival Secretaries, one who principally manages the large team of volunteers (around 100 of them!) who help with the running of the festival weekend, and another who has oversight of the festival’s main administrative procedures. These are excellent roles for dedicated individuals who want to get involved with Watersprite at Head of Department level while getting a full overview of the running of the festival!
Social Media Manager
Management of Watersprite’s social media accounts: being social media manager means gaining valuable marketing experience and a chance to be creative with your posts. Content will be varied and fun, ranging from short films to sponsor posts to Instagram pictures, as well as festival coverage. Positions can focus on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube!
We are looking for students who are keen to get involved with the press, both locally here in Cambridge and more widely. Tasks include writing press releases, for example when submissions for the film festival open, and liaising with the local, national and international press to spread the word about Watersprite. If you’re interested in student journalism or want to get valuable experience of working with the press and media (or both), get involved!
Passionate about film and love writing about it? Watersprite is looking for students to fill the year leading up to the festival with fascinating content about film. Be our official Watersprite blogger to shed light on issues in film, leading filmmakers and, of course, why people should care about Watersprite and its filmmakers!
Student film not just for university students: We have added an outreach officer to the marketing team! This year we want to increase our outreach to sixth form students in particular! We think young student voices in film are so important, and are keen to get the next generation involved (plus give them the opportunity a fun school trip). If you care about education and want to help Watersprite get connected, apply for the role to liaise with schools and create a great experience for school trips.
Website Content Manager
We need someone to keep the Watersprite website up to date. Tasks will include announcing events, uploading content, and keeping us connected and current leading up to the festival. No coding experience needed, as we are working with a website builder (which is actually quite fun and a great skill for your CV).
If you’re interested in marketing and have new and creative ideas about how to market Watersprite, this role is for you. Promoting a large event like Watersprite comes with lots of big and small jobs, and you can help us succeed in making Watersprite known to more people while gaining valuable marketing experience
Our Events Officers play an essential role in organising the speaker events which take place over the festival weekend. They take the lead on coming up with event ideas, planning events, finding and contacting speakers (often high-profile ones!), and running the events on the day. Previous events have covered everything from on-screen representation to filming wildlife documentaries. These officers are a vital part of the Watersprite team, and the role requires excellent organisation, creativity and communication skills.
Educational Events Officer
This year, we are expanding our Events team to include an Events Officer with a specific focus on Education. We are looking for someone with an interest in outreach and education to help us develop a programme of events that appeal not just to established filmmakers and undergrads but to younger students too. Alongside the Events Officers, you will be involved in planning and producing events, but you will also be working closely with the Outreach Officer (see below) to play an important role in helping Watersprite widen its reach.
Keen to manage large-scale events? We are looking for two Gala Managers to manage the organisation of the Opening and Closing Galas and the Awards Ceremony. These are Watersprite’s biggest events, which in previous years have brought hundreds of guests to exciting locations such as the Fitzwilliam Museum. The role will involve liaising with the venues, and arranging food, drink, photographers and entertainment. This is an ideal role for someone with previous event experience and who has demonstrated their excellent organisation, creativity and communication skills.
Hospitality and Venue Manager
A position for an extremely organised person who enjoys interacting with all kinds of people, be they seasoned film directors or filmmakers making their first steps into the industry. The primary role of the Hospitality and Venue Manager is to ensure that our guests and speakers get the best Watersprite experience. You’d be playing a key role in making sure that the festival runs as smoothly as possible. While still having the opportunity to work on planning and organising the festival events, you will also be arranging all speaker travel and accommodation, as well as corresponding with our daytime venues.
Guest Relations Manager
A new role for 2020, the Guest Relations Manager will be crucial in making sure that our guests and speakers have the best possible experience at Watersprite. From looking after speakers and managing the green room to planning and organising VIP and networking events, you will be working closely with the Hospitality and Venue Manager to make sure that the festival runs as smoothly as possible.
A job for someone who’s keen to take the lead on a project and has the drive to see it through to the end! With the support of the Events team, the Hub Manager will coordinate our central festival hub in the Old Divinity School, transforming it into a truly interactive setting, so that the vibrant Watersprite atmosphere isn’t lost between events. Last year’s hub even featured a virtual-reality experience! This position involves working closely with the Partnerships and Marketing teams to promote our central hub. The Hub Manager role would be particularly ideal for someone with experience in theatre production or design who has a fresh and creative vision for how to use a space to its full potential. Like the Events Officers, the Hub Manager will be helping to come up with event ideas, plan events, find speakers, produce the events and ensure that speakers are welcomed throughout the festival weekend.
Sponsorship is the lifeblood of the festival and Watersprite is looking for a team who is excited about building relationships with local and national sponsors. Last year we worked with LUSH, Nanna Mexico and Jack’s on Trinity to name just a few. The team will be tasked with approaching local businesses and negotiating deals to get the best partners for Watersprite’s 2020 festival - from drinks, to food, to gifts. If you’re an excellent communicator, great negotiator and eager to get stuck in with sponsorship, we want to hear from you!