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Each department has different qualifications. Please carefully review below all the departments available before selecting the one you feel best suits you. All Internships are unpaid, but have great benefits!  We also have a variety of internship opportunities available in our contract departments (to be posted in the Summer).

All internship applicants seeking course credit are required to provide proof of their internship requirements for school.

Do you have to be in school to participate? No – we have a variety of volunteer opportunities for those seeking experience!

  • An internship is any official or formal program that provides practical experience in an occupation or profession.  It is done in exchange for school credit (usually as a graduation requirement) from an accredited college or university.
  • We also have opportunities for the same positions to those who want to volunteer their time for the festival in exchange for credentials and to gain creditable experience in an occupation or profession in the film or event planning industry. If you are a student, recent graduate, or someone looking to change career paths you can participate in a volunteer capacity.

Internships consist of a regular weekly work schedule within a particular AFF department and are designed to expand participants professional knowledge and experience.

For questions about the internship and volunteer programs, or for more information on specific departments, please call 512-478-4795 or email

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How to apply

  1. Fill out an application (see link above).
  2. Attach a copy of your resume. Please submit all documents in PDF Format.
  3. Email, mail,  fax or deliver to:
    Austin Film Festival
    ATTN: Internship: *Department you wish to apply for*
    1801 Salina Street, Austin, TX 78702
    FAX: 512-478-6205

If submitting via email, the subject line should read: Internship: *department you wish to apply for*

For example – Internship: Marketing Intern

Please feel free to put more then one department in the space allotted.

Internship Opportunities


Job Description: Assistant to the Development Director. A typical day will include negotiating festival promotion for food trade with local restaurants, digging up any info you can on a potential sponsorship target, writing a marketing proposal for a local business, with time in there somewhere for vetting venues for one of our late night festival parties and updating our sponsorship database.

Job Requirements: People skills and time management skills are a must. Intern must be comfortable on the phone and a creative writer. Requires the ability to give attention to detail. Marketing/Sales Background preferred, but not required.

Contact: Director of Development, Allison Kindred

Download Internship Application: 2016-Internship-Application


Job Description: The Office Manager organizes and maintains the Austin Film Festival Office. The Office Manager’s interns will be involved in Event Planning and Project Coordination as well as maintaining the day to day activities of the office. The interns and apprentices in this department will assist in Membership management.

Job duties entail: Assisting the Office Manager in answering the phones, creating and maintaining databases, creating and responding to email. Some other tasks included are assisting with film screenings around Austin, membership integration into events, completing out-of-office errands, and getting price quotes for different projects to be completed.

Job Requirements: Must demonstrate friendliness and have good communication skills. Organizational skills and multi-tasking is a must! Requires the ability to give attention to detail. Exemplary phone etiquette required.

Contact: Maria Pond, Office Manager

Download Internship Application: 2016-Internship-Application


Job Description: The Operations Manager plans, assists, organizes and maintains all major Austin Film Festival projects and timelines. Duties include project coordination, creating deadline and priorities checklists, calendars and assisting in the implementation of daily tasks. Works closely with the Executive Assistant and Director in project planning.

Job Requirements: Must demonstrate exemplary communication, organization, and note-taking skills. Must possess the ability to multi-task with self-management characteristics. Proficiency in Microsoft Office is preferred, but not required.

Contact: Sonia Onescu, Operations Manager

Download Internship Application: 2016-Internship-Application


Job Description: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to assisting the Director of Marketing with research, grassroots efforts and internet marketing strategies.  This includes working with social media, flyer design, event promotion, etc.  Researching, compiling, and updating media lists, tracking media hits and archiving.

During the Festival: Assisting with the Press Room, flyer distribution, red carpets, social media, and more. Skills Needed:

  • Timeliness, reliability and responsibility are key
  • Professional demeanor
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work under pressure and with deadlines
  • Highly organized
  • Ability to think outside of the box
  • Comfortable on the phone
  • Creative Writing
  • Adobe Suite knowledge a plus, but not required

To apply: send resume and completed application form to Office Manager –

Download Internship Application: 2016-Internship-Application


Job Description: The Film Department at Austin Film Festival runs the film competition and programs all of the films that play during the Festival. This involves marketing the competition, screening the films, creating the film program, and working with and bringing in the filmmakers. In addition, the Film Department helps organize and market year-round events including advance screenings and the annual Audience Award Series. Film Department interns will contribute to all aspects of the department’s responsibilities, including marketing the film competition to increase entries, working with the Film Selection Committee to ensure films are being screened and evaluated properly, processing submissions and managing the submission database. These tasks will be coupled with a variety of different assignments including researching filmmakers, working and attending year-round events, helping with mail-outs, and watching films. Interns will be required to work a regular schedule within business hours (Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm), though we are flexible on the specific hours. A prospective intern should be comfortable with computers, especially Word and Excel, efficient, punctual, outgoing, and good with people.

Job Requirements: We are looking for self-starters and problem-solvers who are interested in film and event planning and want to work with a nationally-renowned film festival at the ground level.  You will be watching film, thinking about film and interacting with filmmakers. Also you will be doing data entry.  And running errands.  But it will all be in the name of film.

Contact: Our Film Department at –

Download Internship Application: 2016-Internship-Application


Job Description: The Conference Department celebrates screenwriters’ contributions to film and television. Held during the first four days of the Festival, the Conference features panels and workshops that cover all aspects of the art, craft and business of screenwriting from the masters themselves – leading Hollywood writers, directors, producers, agents, managers and production company executives. Interns will assist the Creative Director in coordinating these numerous panels, including extensive research on incoming guests, potential speakers and topics, trends in the industry and ultimately playing a large role in the overall event preparation, management, and logistical organization.

Job Requirements: People skills are a must. You must be able to juggle multiple projects, complete thorough tasks in short periods of time, and organize projects with a focus on prioritization and meticulousness. It is preferred that you have an interest in film and film-related events. Interns that take part in the execution of the Conference leading up to and throughout the Festival are expected to act as hosts for incoming speakers and registrants alike, manage high-stress/high-volume situations with ease, and oversee a team of volunteers to ensure as smooth of an event as possible.  Ideal candidates should have an equal interest in both event production and the film industry; a knowledge of screenwriters and independent film is preferred.

Contact: Conference Director, Erin Hallagan –

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Job Description: Assists the Executive Director and the Executive Assistant with daily tasks. Duties include running errands, performing administrative tasks, marketing, and some PR work. Opportunity provided to gain event planning experience and learn the logistics of producing an annual film festival. 

Job Requirements: Seeking motivated individual with self-management characteristics and excellent organizational skills. Must possess ability to multi-task and have good communication skills. Experience in PR is preferred, but not required.

Contact: Executive Director Assistant, Katy Stewart –

Download Internship Application: 2016-Internship-Application



Austin Film Festival’s Screenplay & Teleplay Competition is one of the most highly respected writing contests of its kind.  Past entrants have found success with signing with agents and managers, getting their scripts optioned and produced, and being staffed in TV writers’ rooms,  The competition also works with some of the most experienced readers, judges, and influential decision makers in the industry.  The competition received 8,627 entries in 2015.  Due to the high volume of submissions, the Screenplay Competition Department operates year-round and needs a team of highly skilled and trustworthy interns and apprentices to maintain AFF’s high standard of quality.  On average, 4-6 interns/apprentices will be recruited each session (Spring, Summer, and Fall).  Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


  • Entrants for the current year’s Screenplay Competition are not eligible to be considered
  • Proficiently with Microsoft Office programs specifically Excel and Word
  • Experience with FileMaker Pro highly preferred but not required
  • Must be detail oriented and organized
  • Experience with writing and reading scripts highly preferred but not required
  • Marketing experience preferred

Spring Applicants (January – May) – STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!

Primary tasks include but not limited to:

  • Promoting and marketing the Screenplay Competition to various film schools, writers’ groups, organizations, blogs, message boards, and through social media
  • Processing screenplay submissions and entering entrant information into databases
  • Assisting with tracking competition readers’ progress and reviewing their notes
  • Opportunity to read competition scripts

Summer Applicants (May – August)

Primary tasks include but not limited to:

  • Processing screenplay submissions and entering entrant information into databases
  • Helping with recruiting potential readers for the competition
  • Assisting with tracking competition readers’ progress and reviewing their notes
  • Opportunity to read competition scripts
  • Assisting with preparing notification letters to all screenplay entrants

Fall Applicants (August – December)

Primary tasks include but not limited to:

  • Researching production companies to help promote Semifinalists, Finalists, and Winners of the competition
  • Helping with coordinating and assembling the annual Producers Book which contains a listing of all Semifinalists, Finalists, and Winners from the competition
  • Reviewing and copyediting competition readers’ notes
  • Preparing for Festival and Conference in October—planning and coordinating special panels and events for top writers in the competition
  • Assisting with the annual Pitch Competition during the Conference

To apply, contact: Screenplay and Teleplay Competition Director, Matt Dy –

Download Internship Application: 2016-Internship-Application


Reports to: Production Manager Dates: June  – November, 2016 Hours: Hours will vary between 12-15hrs/week during the weeks leading up to and following the Festival. During the Festival (Thursday, October 29 – Thursday, November 5), most days will begin with the AFF morning staff meeting (7am) and conclude an hour after the last screening ends.

Position Description: The Production Intern will support the Production Manager and sometimes the Theater Operations Coordinator in managing and coordinating all film venue logistics and presentation in order to create a positive festival experience for filmmakers and audiences during the 22nd annual Austin Film Festival. The position requires knowledge of film as a digital media, how to transfer it, as well as a general understanding of exhibition standards. The Production Intern will assist the Production Manager prior to the Festival in organizing all incoming media, updating tracking spreadsheets, and assisting with Quality Checks of selected films. Attention to detail and organizational skills, and ability to operate calmly under high pressure a must. During the festival, the Production Intern will travel with PM to various venues to assist with troubleshooting, theater management, and anything else needed to make each screening a success.

Key Duties: -QCing exhibition file -Checking playlists -Traveling with PM during Festival -Attending Projectionist, Theater Manager and Filmmaker Liaison training -Conducting tech checks with Filmmakers during Festival

Knowledge: – Film codec, transferring digital data – General idea of Digital Projection systems – Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro 7, and VLC -Audio/visual input and output – Comfortable working with PCs and MS Office applications, especially Excel spreadsheets

PRODUCTION INTERN POSITIONS: Assistant Production Manager (1-2): Assists PM with Filmmaker Registration by managing the Filmmaker Registration Binder and other tracking documents. Intern will be responsible for tracking incoming data from Filmmaker Packets, Badge Registration forms, and additional Filmmaker ticket and badge purchases. Intern will also be working registration table during the first few days of the Festival. Production Operations (2-3): Assists with handling incoming filmmaker materials including exhibition files (on hard drives), screeners, trailers & stills and other materials. Intern will test all incoming screeners and maintain organization of all materials received. All hard drives will need to be virus scanned, uploaded to computers, spot checked and prepared for QCers. Intern will also assist with computer setup, software installs, and projection logistics. Creating playlists for Festival, and attend tech checks and venue walk-throughs to have full understanding of tech operations during Festival.

Download Internship Application: 2016-Internship-Application


Job Description: Assistant to the Director of Young Filmmakers Program. Research (and contact) schools and various organizations through which we can increase public awareness of the YFP. Research various organizations through which we can get money/sponsorship for the YFP. Brainstorming and putting into practice ways to expand YFP (screenings, increasing publicity for competitions, etc.) Mailings for YFP and Membership. Brainstorming ways to expand membership.

Job Requirements: Intern must be friendly, outgoing, patient, organized, and have an interest in working with kids! C

ontact: Director of the Young Filmmakers Program

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Job Description: Assists the Director of the Young Filmmakers Program, Summer Camp Coordinator, and instructors during the Annual Summer Film Camp running from June -July. Summer Film Camp interns will need to commit between 15 to 18 hours a week during camp.

Job Requirements:

  • Assisting the Summer Camp Coordinator with daily tasks such as:
    • Sign in/Sign out procedures
    • Pick up/Drop off procedures
    • Communication to parents
    • Delegating all snacks and water
  • Assisting Summer Camp instructors during classroom teaching
  • Previous experience with children is preferred, but not required
  • Must have an interest in working with kids & filmmaking
  • Must be organized, patient, and outgoing

Contact: Director of the Young Filmmakers Program

Download Internship Application: 2016-Internship-Application


Job Description: This internship will focus on creating and implementing marketing strategies for AFF’s Film Competition, as well as year round events and general brand awareness. Interns will develop marketing plans, reach out to relevant organizations, universities, and publications, post call for entry information to websites and social media platforms, and keep track of each strategy’s effectiveness. Interns will be required to work a regular schedule within business hours (Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm), though we are flexible on the specific hours. A prospective intern should be comfortable with computers, especially Word and Excel, efficient, punctual, outgoing, and good with people.


Job Requirements: We are looking for applicants who are highly organized, communicative, and self-starters. Applicants need to be comfortable with both research projects and jumping on the phone with filmmakers and organizations.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to working with social media, designing flyers and other artwork, researching, compiling, and updating marketing lists, analyzing data, and attending/working AFF events. Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite is a major plus.

Contact: AFF Film Department

Download Internship Application: 2016-Internship-Application



You’re a flexible, organized, committed team player with a sense of humor.


  • Coordinate and execute special projects and events.
  • Development and execution of creative marketing initiatives.
  • Project coordination: maintaining deadlines, creating priorities, assisting in the implementation of daily tasks.
  • Researching and creating systems and structures that help support organization.
  • Compiling and analyzing data and timelines.


  • Self-motivated.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Process-oriented problem-solver.
  • Events experience preferred.
  • Marketing experience preferred
  • Commitment to excellence, fun, and meeting goals.


Contact: Managing Director, Fabs Harford –

Download Internship Application: 2016-Internship-Application