Volunteers

It takes a city to run a film festival. Judging, hosting filmmakers, postering the town, putting on events … the list goes on and on. You can play a big role in this year’s festival. 

If you have questions contact aiffvolunteer@gmail.com

General Instructions:
1.   To volunteer with AIFF, please visit Shiftboard, our online shift-scheduler .

Click the “Register” link to complete the online registration  form.  Once your registration has  been processed, you will have access to our
 volunteer calendar and can begin  signing up for shifts.
 Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about volunteering
 with AIFF or if you need help with Shiftboard.
aiffvolunteer@gmail.com

Volunteer Roles:

Ushers help to ensure that our screenings operate smoothly.  Duties of an usher include:

  • Taking tickets
  • Seating patrons
  • Line wrangling
  • Keeping the venue neat
  • Answering patrons’ basic questions

No previous experience is necessary to usher.  It’s easy and a great way to meet new people.

Ushers must be dependable, confident, and able to follow instructions.  For many of our guests, you will be the only face of the festival that they see, so friendliness is a must.   We also need you to be on time, so that we can be well organized.  Ushers must be fluent in English and able to communicate clearly and effectively with customers.

A Lead Usher is an experienced AIFF volunteer who organizes and oversees a team of ushers.  The Lead Usher is responsible for coordinating with other volunteer teams, assisting with merchandise sales, and overseeing venue operations

 On-Call Ushers are volunteers with flexible schedules who are willing to be called when shifts need to be filled with short notice.

The Balloting team assists with distributing, collecting, and tabulating ballots for the AIFF Audience Awards.

Box Office volunteers are responsible for ticket sales and customer service at the venues.

 The Special Events team assists with setting up and tearing down for festival events as well as helping ensure the events run smoothly.

 Guest Relations volunteers assist Hospitality staff with meeting the needs of festival guests, running errands, and/or office assistance.

 Publicity and Promotions volunteers are responsible for community outreach and media relations, including distributing festival posters and fliers.

 Transportation volunteers are needed to assist with transporting visiting filmmakers.

 Interpreters are needed to provide translation services for visiting filmmakers.

Ongoing volunteer opportunities:

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, provide support and quality-control oversight of:

    Title: Hospitality Coordinator
    Pre-festival: 10 hrs/wk
    During festival: 20 hrs/wk – Responsibilities: Contact and coordinate transportation for visiting filmmakers. This position requires strong organizational and planning skills. During the festival, this position requires constant phone availability as well as open availability to filmmakers weekends, Mondays, and Fridays of the festival (Dec 4-7, 11-14).
    Special application instructions: Please submit a current resume and cover letter describing any relevant experience. Please also describe your organizational and interpersonal communication skills.
    Title: Flier and Poster Distribution
    Pre-festival: 2 hrs/wk
    During festival: 2 hrs/wkResponsibilities: In order for the festival to be successful, we need to get the word out! Take a stack of fliers to hang everywhere you go – coffee shops, bulletin boards, break rooms, etc.
    Special application instructions: Please include in your email what area(s) of town you can be responsible for distributing materials to.

    Title: PR Assistant
    Pre-festival: 5-10 hrs/wk
    During festival: 15-20 hrs/wk

    Responsibilities: Assist with public relations. Make community contacts, promote festival events, set up media interviews, and maintain contact list and distribute email newsletters. Applicants with current media contacts in Anchorage are preferred.
    Special application instructions: Please submit a current resume and cover letter describing any relevant experience and interpersonal communication skills.

    Title: Festival Blogger
    Pre-festival: 2-4 hrs/wk
    During festival: 20 hrs/wk

    Responsibilities: Create content for festival blog prior to and during the festival.
    Special application instructions: Please submit a current resume and cover letter as well as a relevant writing sample.

    Title: Projectionist

    Responsibilities: Operate A/V equipment used in presenting festival films. Applicants must have experience with LCD projectors and DVD players as well as general A/V knowledge.
    Special application instructions: Please submit a current resume and cover letter describing relevant experience.

    Title: Balloting Assistant
    Pre-festival: 2-4 hrs/wk
    During festival: 10-15 hrs/wk
    Responsibilities: Under the direction of the coordinator, assist with the balloting process for the audience awards. Requires being at the venue before and after each feature and documentary screening to distribute ballots and collect them at the end
    Special application instructions: Please submit a current resume and cover letter describing relevant experience.

    Title: Film Previewer
    Responsibilities: During the two weeks before the festival, preview festival films and look for playback errors on DVDs.