Welcome to the Atlanta Film Festival Volunteering Program
The Atlanta Film Society needs hundreds of outgoing and enthusiastic volunteers every year for both the Atlanta Film Festival and our year-round programs. Volunteering for ATLFS is about helping a wonderful selection of films and artists to share their stories here in Atlanta. However, the real benefits of volunteering aren’t things, or even films—they are the experiences you have and the people you meet.
What volunteer positions are available?
STREET TEAM: Beginning as early as mid-February, earn tickets—or even passes—to the festival by helping our Marketing Associates spread the word! Distribute 2016 ATLFF materials all over Atlanta (in this case OTP counts, too) whenever and wherever you're available. Apply here.
Parking Attendants: Parking attendants are needed to give our guests and patrons directions to parking lots that are specifically available to the festival. Please wear weather appropriate clothing as weather in March and April can be unpredictable.
Theater Captains: Captains serve as the supervisors to the volunteers of each department and venue. They will be responsible for tracking the arrival and departure of each volunteer during the festival. Captains will be required to work a minimum of three 8 hour shifts and will be expected to embrace additional responsibilities and time commitments to complete their roles. Captains play a critical role in maintaining a smoothly running festival.
Greeters: Will welcome patrons and provide directions to where they need to go.
Line Attendants/Scanners: Responsibilities may include organizing guests into appropriate lines or scanning guests’ tickets.
Box Office & Registration Agents: Will aid guests with accurate event information and assist them in purchasing tickets or pick up pre-purchased tickets or passes.
Filmmaker Services: Will be responsible for being our in-town guest’s escorts and contacts. This team will coordinate to create and distribute information packets for guests. Filmmaker Liaisons will anticipate filmmaker arrivals per film at the theater, and then put the arriving guests and speakers in connection with the staff or the technical manager expecting them. The Liaison team will finish by escorting the guests to any scheduled event after screening as well. If the filmmaker does not wish to sit in the theater for their film, the Liaison will know the time that they need to return for Q&A, and return to the theater with the filmmaker. The team will work long hours and customer service is your main concern. And any other duties as assigned.
Theater Attendants: Will be stationed outside of the theater doors to mark tickets for patrons and click in any passes on the clicker.
Ushers/Ballot Collectors: Will be stationed inside the theater assisting guests to their correct seats. Ushers/Ballot Collectors will also be responsible for giving out and collecting ballots at the beginning and end of each film.
Workshop Attendants: Will be stationed at the door to check the credentials of workshop attendees.
Transportation: A transportation team will use the festival fleet of vehicles to drive our guest filmmakers to and from venues.
Special Events: Tasks will include set up, break down, clean up and maintenance during and after our special events.
Security: Must be at least 21. Dress appropriately for March and April weather. Patrols facilities/grounds and performs “rounds” as required, reports all security concerns to Volunteer Coordinator or Venue Manager.
Volunteer positions are subject to change, so please be flexible!
How to volunteer?
Sign up to be notified of volunteer opportunities.
ONE FREE screening voucher (Buddy Pass) for select film and seminars for each shift you work. Each shift is around 4-4.5 hours. We also have an incentive program for our super volunteers who will work 10 or more shifts (totaling more than 40 volunteer hours during the festival) and for Corporate Volunteer Teams.
For more information about Corporate Volunteer Teams, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Atlanta Film Festival Volunteer Application
The Atlanta Film Society cannot do what we do without the help and support of our volunteers. You are the unsung heroes that produce an amazing festival every year and provide Atlanta with year-round film events and unforgettable experiences.
We would like to welcome you to apply to become a volunteer for the 2016 ATLFF (April 1 - 10) and other events throughout the year. We encourage our volunteers to enjoy both behind the scenes view of the festival as well as being entertained as the audience. Volunteer’s benefits for 2016 include ONE FREE Buddy Pass (screening voucher) to regular festival films for every one shift you work. Each shift is around 4-4.5 hours. Plus we are adding an incentive program for our super volunteers who will work 10 or more shifts.
All volunteer positions play an important role in the success of the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival. Once your application is completed, please make plans to attend one of three volunteer orientations—scheduled on weekends before the festival. A volunteer coordinator will be in contact with you to discuss scheduling for this year.
ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL VOLUNTEER POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:
The Atlanta Film Festival's success is based on creating positive, professional and fun atmosphere for our audience, filmmakers and guests. Our staff and volunteers are our greatest assets, therefore it is important to remember that as a volunteer you are often the first and last impression of the Atlanta Film Festival.
- I understand I represent the Atlanta Film Festival and its interests while on shift.
- I understand volunteers are un-paid.
- I understand that as a volunteer, I should be polite, courteous and respectful at all times to the ATLFF patrons and fellow volunteers.
- I understand as a volunteer, the patron has the priority in seating.
- I understand I am required to be in uniform while volunteering and out of uniform when not volunteering.
- I understand that the festival is counting on me for the shifts that I am assigned. I will contact my volunteer team lead if an emergency cancellation arises.
- I am at least 18 years of age. A parent or guardian must accompany a volunteer younger than 18 years old during their volunteer shift.