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FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL 2008
VOLUNTEER

Join Our Team!

We are no longer accepting applications for 2008 Florida Film Festival volunteers.

The 2007 Florida Film Festival was a huge success and we couldn't have done it without our dedicated volunteers. Each year the Florida Film Festival relies on the help from close to 200 volunteers, in every department. Volunteers are needed before and during the 10-day Festival (March 28 - April 6, 2008) for a variety of positions, weekdays and weekends, so you're sure to find a slot that fits your schedule and interests.

Supporting a unique non-profit organization, gaining valuable experience and meeting others who share an enthusiasm for film is what makes volunteering at the Florida Film Festival all worthwhile. Being able to participate in this event has proven to be a prized opportunity year after year.


Important Guidelines

Orientation and Sign-Up Day

Orientation is MANDATORY. Not only because it is the only opportunity to sign up for shifts, but it is also the time to learn each position's details, receive important training from the staff and meet other volunteers before the festival.

For returning volunteers this occurs: Saturday February 9, 2008
For new volunteers this occurs: Saturday February 16, 2008

Volunteer Shifts

  • We provide all volunteers with a T-shirt and a non-transferable badge (more information about badge benefits below!). Both MUST be worn during all volunteer shifts.
  • All volunteers and staff are PROHIBITED from consuming alcohol, drugs or participating in illegal conduct at any time during a scheduled shift. Failure to comply will result in immediate revocation of privileges and further volunteer opportunities.
  • All volunteers must sign a volunteer agreement stating that they understand these and other guidelines.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Volunteer Badge
    • Provides access to festival screenings when you are not scheduled to volunteer and when seating is available. Admission is only after all pass-holders, single ticket-holders, filmmakers, media and stand-by ticket holders have been seated and you MUST have your badge to gain access.
    • Provides access to the Filmmaker Welcome Party and Industry Wrap Party.
    • Must be worn during all shifts.
  • Volunteer T-Shirt Identifies you to festival patrons and must be worn during all shifts.
  • Volunteer and Staff Appreciation Party Our way of thanking everyone who made the festival successful. The 2008 party will be on Wednesday, April 9th with details available in mid-February.
  • Enzian Year-Round Benefits (All restrictions on admission passes or membership will apply)
    • For every 5 hours of Festival volunteer service completed, each volunteer earns one (1) "Admit Two" pass (valued at $18/ea.)
    • Volunteers who have contributed more than 35 hours of Festival service will receive five (5) "Admit Two" passes (valued at $90) and one (1) Regular level membership to the Enzian Film Society (valued at $60). This membership and corresponding member benefits apply to only the volunteer who received it.

Volunteer Shift Descriptions

All shifts are based on teams and most will be located at FFF Headquarters, Enzian Theater, Enzian's satellite office (we refer to it as our Clay Street Office) and Regal Winter Park. Please read below to familiarize yourself with the options available.

Team Shift Dates Skills Required Sample Duties
Marketing Before &
During Festival
Organization
Courteous and cheerful demeanor
Assembling collateral, clerical work, distribution, monitoring press screenings and surveying guests
Info Before &
During Festival
Excellent Phone Skills
Patience
Courteous and cheerful demeanor
Attention to Detail
Pre-screening films for technical glitches
Educating festival guests about films
Providing "first impressions" to festival guests
Filmmaker Before &
During Festival
Courteous and cheerful demeanor Checking in filmmakers
Familiarizing filmmakers with events and surrounding area
Box During Festival Courteous and cheerful demeanor
Organization
Preparing tickets daily, selling merchandise
Theater During Festival Courteous and cheerful demeanor
Organization
Taking tickets, counting attendees, counting ballots, post-film clean up
Event Before &
During Festival
Able & willing to lift heavy items
Ability to work well in large crowds
Assertive, yet courteous demeanor
Setting up and breaking down special events and parties, lifting and/or moving tables, wine, tents etc.
On-Site Runner Before &
During Festival
MUST be at least 21 years old
Good driving record
Use own Vehicle
Run errands between venues. Mileage will be reimbursed.
Drive During Festival Courteous and cheerful demeanor
Organization
Strong communication skills
Attention to Detail
MUST be at least 25 years old
Good driving record
Professionalism & Dependability
Ensuring festival jurors and special guests are on-time to assigned screenings by picking them up at their hotel and transporting them to the different venues. Drivers are solely responsible for jurors on-time arrival as films cannot begin until all jurors are present.
**If you are interested in being a driver, positions will be offered at Orientation via a quick interview***


What you can expect as a volunteer:

  • You will have a rewarding experience, while being treated with courtesy and respect.
  • Although you will work hard, you can expect to have fun.
  • You'll get a behind-the-scenes look at how a festival is run and learn more about the entertainment business.
  • You'll work with a team of professionals that enjoys movies just as much as you do.
  • You'll make new friends and connections.
  • You'll have the opportunity to view films before they are released (as well as some that may never be released).

What we expect from volunteers:

  • We expect you to arrive for your scheduled shift on time, dressed appropriately, and ready to work.
  • We expect you to abide by our rules of conduct both on- and off-duty. Remember, you officially represent the Florida Film Festival.
  • We expect you to become familiar with the information in the Florida Film Festival Program and Volunteer Handbook.
  • We expect you to treat everyone with respect -- friendliness and a smile can often make someone's day.
  • If you are unable to make a shift or are running late to a shift, we expect you to contact the Assistant Volunteer Coordinators immediately so we may ensure the Festival runs smoothly.
  • We expect you to work to your fullest capacity, but allow yourself time to enjoy the Festival.