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Do you have a love for film and want to help a great organization? We are in need of volunteers to help us prepare for the 2015 Austin Film Festival & Conference, October 29 – November 5. Each year, the enthusiasm, commitment and hard work of volunteers enable the Festival to pursue its mission of celebrating the writer at the heart of the process of filmmaking.

As a volunteer, you’ll get the opportunity to immerse yourself in such varied departments as registration, theater, conference, hospitality and transportation, all while working with a wonderful staff. Please feel free to give us a call at 512-478-4795 for more information or download a volunteer application form below.

Have more time to spend? Check out the many internship opportunities that Austin Film Festival has to offer.

Volunteering with Austin Film Festival is a unique opportunity to work hard, gain valuable event management experience, earn community service hours, network and have fun while supporting the mission of a pioneering nonprofit organization dedicated to championing the work of aspiring and established filmmakers.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE

**You must attend an orientation session before your first volunteer shift**

Please come to the Tech Center office at 916 N Congress during the following hours to attend:
10/27-28 Noon-9PM
10/29-11/4 9AM-Midnight

Volunteer hours can earn you the following:

  • Film Pass 15 hours
  • Lone Star Badge 30 hours
  • Weekend Badge 50 hours
  • Conference Badge 65 hours
  • Producers Badge 125 hours

Volunteer Spotlights:

Theater Managers
Do you love coming to screenings during the Festival? Are you cool as a cucumber under pressure? If the answer is yes, we may have a volunteer opportunity for you! If you are interested in playing a bigger role at Austin Film Festival and have customer service and management experience we would love to have you on the team! We are looking for Theater Managers to manage our venue volunteers, ensure crowd control, communicate with Filmmakers, Projectionists and AFF Staff. Email: theateroperations@austinfilmfestival.com

Drivers and Ride-Alongs
Austin Film Festival is Recruiting Volunteer Drivers & Ride-Alongs. Driver Volunteers will assist with local transportation needs (this includes travel for guests, awardees, panelists, and/or equipment). Drivers must be at least 25 years old. Austin Film Festival is also accepting volunteer Ride-Alongs. Ride-Alongs will accompany drivers during pick-ups and do not require driving records however, they must be at least 18 years old. Email transpo@austinfilmfestival.com

Questions?


For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@austinfilmfestival.com or 512-478-4795.

Specialized Positions

Digital Projectionist

Department: Film Reports to: Production Manager Dates: Must attend the Volunteer Training Sessions, QC at least 6 hours of films along with a commitment to at least 4 shifts of projection and be available during the week of October 29th through November 5th, 2015 Compensation: Festival Pass/Badge, dependent upon working shifts Overall Job Description: The projectionist would be responsible for the successful presentation of films throughout the week of the Festival. Additional duties include quality checking films and conducting technical checks. Qualifications: – Must have some experience with digital projection. – Strong technical knowledge. – Working knowledge of digital formats. – Working knowledge of standard film aspect ratios. – Excellent communication skills. – Excellent interpersonal skills. – Patience and ability to remain calm under pressure.   Key Duties: – Projecting digital film files to their utmost quality and monitoring the entire presentation from start to finish, ensuring said quality throughout the screening. – Conducting pre-screening technical checks with filmmakers to ensure outstanding picture and audio quality. – Attending equipment tests and installs at AFF venues. – Quality checking films at the AFF office in the weeks leading up to the Festival. – Communicating with the Festival Production Manager throughout the Festival and providing quality communication and professional service to our Festival filmmakers.     How to Contact Us: Send your resume, along with references and a cover letter, to:   Austin Film Festival c/o Production Manager 1801 Salina street Austin, TX, 78701   Or email your resume, along with references and a cover letter, to productionmanager@austinfilmfestival.com. ** All submissions must include references and a cover letter**

Theater Manager

POSITION: Theater Manager DEPARTMENT: Film Department HIRE DATES: Sept. 22-Nov. 5 REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Theater Operations Manager WORKS WITH: Film Department Staff COMPENSATION: A Weekend Badge for new Theater Managers; A Producer’s Badge for returning Theater Managers. POSITIONS AVAILABLE: ~25   MISSION/ENVIRONMENT: The Austin Film Festival furthers the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who us the language of film and television to tell a story.   While working for this critically recognized organization, applicants are expected to be able to work efficiently and professional in a fast paced, team-oriented production environment. In such and environment, the ability to work well under pressure, excellent communication skills and intense organizational skills are a must. OVERALL JOB DESCRIPTION: The Theater Manager is responsible for managing a team of AFF volunteers, executing all AFF line and Front of House policies in an orderly and timely manner, ensuring crowd control and a smooth screening. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage a team of theater volunteers, delegating tasks to them and ensuring they conduct their tasks correctly
  • Ensure crowd control
  • Ensure screening remains on schedule by anticipating large crowds, handing out queue cards well in advance, communicating with staff on site, and keeping volunteers on task
  • Understand and adhere to all AFF line policies
  • Act as point person for moderator when they arrive, giving them all necessary script materials.
  • Guarantee all sponsorship materials are passed out or set up correctly at venue
  • Communicate any problems to Theater Operations Manager, Production Manager, or on site AFF staff
  • Attend 2 Theater Manager trainings with the Theater Operations Manager
  • Transport venue box and all necessary Front of House materials to Theater
  • Maintain and organize the venue box throughout the festival
  • Send advance emails/texts to daily theater team, reminding them of their shift responsibilities, and giving them any necessary updates

HOURS: Shifts will be scheduled in advance for the week of the festival. Prior to the week of the festival, two mandatory trainings and a walk-through of the assigned venue must be attended. The dates are scheduled below:

  • 1st Training: Either Tuesday, Sept. 22nd at 6:30PM or Sunday, Sept. 27th time TBD
  • Venue walk-throughs: TBD Sept. 28th – Oct. 5th
  • 2nd Training: Sunday, Oct. 11th time TBD
  • Festival Dates: Thursday, Oct. 29th – Thursday, Nov. 5th

QUALIFICATIONS: Experience in team leadership Excellent time management Extremely organized Ability to communicate effectively to a team Can accept straightforward direction and instruction Outgoing and can confidently and clearly present information to an audience of 1,100 with no reservations Responds to phone calls, texts, and emails promptly and professionally Knowledge of performance, theater, and or film venues (especially front of house) Excellent interpersonal skills Strong analytical and problem-solving skills Ability to handle stressful situations and act professionally at all times Great writing and editing skills in regards to grammar, spelling, and vocabulary Must be able to lift 25 lbs. Consistently takes initiative Is always punctual, preferably early PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Prior film festival experience Prior customer service experience TO APPLY: Please send Cover Letter, Resume, and References to:   Samantha Levine Theater Operations Manager theateroperations@austinfilmfestival.com

Merchandise and Ticket Cashier

POSITION: Merchandise and Ticket Cashier HIRE DATES: Training prior to the Festival & availability during the Festival October 29 – November 5 REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Theater Operations Manager, Theater Manager and Accounting Team COMPENSATION: A badge/pass is earned based on hours worked   MISSION/ENVIRONMENT: The Austin Film Festival furthers the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who us the language of film and television to tell a story.   While working for this critically recognized organization, applicants are expected to be able to work efficiently and professional in a fast paced, team-oriented production environment. In such and environment, the ability to work well under pressure, excellent communication skills and intense organizational skills are a must.   OVERALL JOB DESCRIPTION: The Cashier is a theater volunteer who conducts monetary transactions with Festivalgoers. This volunteer has as essential accounting function, it is very important that this volunteer counts the cash box before the screening and after; they will sign off on their count. This volunteer sits at the AFF merchandise table and sells the t-shirts, hats, etc. that the Merchandise Line Liaison has previewed to the people in line. The cashier is also responsible for all General Admission Ticket sales. Film Passes may also be available for sale. This year, we will be taking cash only at the venues, so volunteers need to capable of counting cash, previous experience is preferred and all volunteers in this position will be trained in advance of the Festival.   DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Count the cash box upon arrive and fill out cash box form
  • Sell merchandise, general admission tickets and film passes prior to the screening
  • Understand and adhere to all AFF line policies
  • Keep track of all monetary transactions during the shift
  • Communicate any problems to Theater Operations Manager, Production Manager, or on site AFF staff
  • Attend 2 trainings with the Theater Operations Manager
  • Assist in maintaining and organizing the venue box throughout the festival

  QUALIFICATIONS: Retail or accounting experience is preferred Prior customer service experience Extremely organized Ability to communicate effectively to a team Can accept straightforward direction and instruction Outgoing and can confidently and clearly present information to an audience with no reservations Knowledge of theater and/or film venues is preferred Excellent interpersonal skills Strong analytical and problem-solving skills Ability to handle stressful situations and act professionally at all times Consistently takes initiative Is always punctual, preferably early   TO APPLY: Please send Cover Letter, Resume, and References to: Samantha Levine Theater Operations Manager theateroperations@austinfilmfestival.com

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