Theatrical Publicity, Festivals and Awards Director (Funimation)

Ellation, Culver City

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If it’s anime, it’s Funimation.

As the market leader in anime, we proudly deliver incredible fan experiences across television, feature films, events, collectibles, and the Funimation App.

Headquartered in the US and connected by a global network, our anime-obsessed team serves the fandom in over 52 countries and 10 languages. With over 400 team members, we’ve built a global community where fans and their passion will always have a place to belong. 

Funimation is an independently operated joint venture between US-based Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Japan’s Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., both subsidiaries of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corporation.  Crunchyroll is now part of the Funimation Global Group.

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The Director of Theatrical Publicity, Festivals and Awards plays a critical role to the company’s communications strategy and execution for the theatrical and film business as well as awards across the company. Their primary responsibility is to work alongside the VP of Communications and consultants/agencies on all external and internal Communications functions for Funimation theatrical film division as well as coordinate awards across the company.


  • Alongside VP, Communications and consultants/agencies, write all materials, including press releases, alerts, highlights, corporate information, internal communications, talking points, pitches, etc.

  • Partner with Theatrical Marketing counterpart on all strategies.

  • Liaise with media -- including consumer, trade/business, genre, international.

  • Work closely with the licensors and Brand team on all materials -- managing the creative and approval process, including timelines, delivery and distribution

  • Closely work with Funimation executives as well as licensor partners and film creatives, including directors, producers, designers, animators and voice talent.

  • Liaise with licensors and produce/present select presentations and strategies.

  • Work with the Theatrical and Experiential team on events.

  • Lead all film submissions in major international and regional film festivals.

  • Lead all film submissions for awards, including Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTA, Annies, etc.

  • Coordinate all television awards (Emmys, Peabodys, etc) as well as awards for the Creative teams and more.

  • Performs other duties as requested.


  • Computer Proficiency: Microsoft Office, PowerPoint or Keynote, Google Suite, Outlook and Internet

  • Completed 4-year college degree

  • Preferably 7-10 years of related experience, preferably in anime, animation and/or film

  • Experience working with film festivals and leading awards submissions and campaigns

Desired Skills, Abilities, and Experience

    • Extremely organized with strong follow-through and time management skills

    • Strong initiative and highly motivated: Effectively responds to pressure or crisis situations while maintaining professionalism. Uses resources well. Follows through on assignments and open issues. Must possess a “can-do” and “will-do” attitude

    • Positive energy level and enthusiasm for the position. Must have the willingness to learn and improve

    • Ability to perform from A-Z: from strategy to execution

    • Excellent attention to detail

    • Experience with working with international colleagues and partners, often across multiple languages and time zones.

    • Ability to juggle multiple projects at once and prioritize

    • Must be flexible to change, a creative thinker and problem solver, and accustomed to working in teams as well as a self-starting individual

    • Ability to anticipate issues, be proactive and problem solve

    • Excellent and professional communication skills (spoken and written)

    • Familiar with anime, pop culture and current entertainment

    • Adaptability

Funimation offers competitive compensation along with a comprehensive benefits package to include health, dental, vision, life, short & long-term disability, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement and ongoing employee development.

Funimation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected characteristics.

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