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WELCOME TO THE 2015 AFI DOCS VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION SITE

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the AFI DOCS Film Festival.The success of AFI DOCS depends greatly on volunteers. 

Now in its 13th year, AFI DOCS has attracted more than 200,000 documentary enthusiasts, policy-makers and thought leaders. Whether you are a returning volunteer or new to the festival, we are grateful for your commitment and support. As part of your festival experience, and in appreciation for your time and dedication, you will receive a Volunteer T-Shirt; have access to film screenings and panel discussions; and interact with staff, filmmakers and community leaders. Volunteer training will be offered on May 30 & June 6.  Attendance at one of the sessions is mandatory . Assignments will be made mid-May, 2014.  If you have questions, please contact us at volunteer@afidocs.com.  We look forward to working with you!

General Volunteer

Volunteers commit to work at least 16 hours during the festival (some pre-fest shifts available but generally reserved for Super Volunteers). Most shifts are approximately 6-8 hours. Most festival assignments will occur in DC where we have multiple locations. We look forward to working with you!

Super Volunteer

Super Volunteers commit to work at least 40 hours during the festival. Most shifts run 6-8 hours. Pre-fest activities will be at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. We look forward to working with you!

Skills and Abilities

Emergency Contact

Availability

Team Preferences

There are volunteer opportunities in many very different work teams. Click on a team name below to get a better idea of WHAT these volunteers do, WHEN they do it, and HOW MANY volunteers are needed. As teams are filled, they will be removed from the application.

We ask that you try to match the WHATs, WHENs and HOW MANYs of each team with YOUR particular skills and interests, time availability, and the timing of your application. In light of these particulars, select your TOP 3 team preferences. Based on our needs and your particulars, we’ll do our best to place you on one of these teams.





Volunteers are needed to assemble badges for pass holders. Needed Availability: Week of June 8th.

When? 2 Weeks Before the Festival
How Many? 15

Ballot Counters count the audience award ballots every evening at the AFI Theater. 6-9 PM Thursday, June 18 - Sunday, June 21 and on Monday morning June 22

When? June 18 - Evening; June 19 - Evening; June 20 - Evening; June 21 - Evening; June 22 - Day - Ballot Counting
How Many? 20

Hosts/Greeters are often the first people our guests see when they attend the film festival. Volunteers greet guests, provide directions and answer questions about show times and events. Greeters assigned in DC Venues only. Needed availability: Wednesday, June 18th - Sunday, June 22nd.

When? 2 Weeks Before the Festival; 1 Week Before the Festival and June 15 AFI 10AM-3PM; June 16 AFI 10AM-3PM; June 18 - Day; June 18 - Evening; June 19 - Day; June 19 - Evening; June 20 - Day; June 20 - Evening; June 21 - Day; June 21 - Evening; June 22 - Day - Ballot Counting; June 23 AFI 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Volunteer Celebration Set-up; June 23 - 6PM Volunteer Celebration!
How Many? 40

If you're good at making cold calls and getting people excited about what you're excited about - this is the team for you! It's a great way to get a sense of the film program. Marketing/Outreach volunteers are responsible for building call sheets and targeting local organizations/communities based on film topics. As soon as our slate is announced (in late May), we want to make sure to spread the word far and wide through publication deliveries, researching organizations and making lots of calls. We’ll ask you to blanket the DC metro area in festival quick guides, posters and postcards! If you have a penchant for social media, let us know, Needed availability: Mostly a flexible schedule in working on-line and making calls and deliveries. Occasionally, you will need to stop by the office for meetings and materials on occasion.

When? 1 Month Before the Festival; 2 Weeks Before the Festival; 1 Week Before the Festival
How Many? 10

Are you outgoing and assertive? Do you like being on your feet? Talking to people? Chatting up folks about their favorite films? Helping them navigate the festival complexities? Consider being a Line Wrangler. This team is crucial for a happy and confident crowd. We need YOU to organize the stand-by lines and direct people. You never know who you might meet in a stand-by line. Needed Availability: Thursday, June 18 - Sunday, June 21

When? June 18 - Day; June 18 - Evening; June 19 - Day; June 19 - Evening; June 20 - Day; June 20 - Evening; June 21 - Day; June 21 - Evening
How Many? 35

Runners are the volunteer team's right hand! We never know when we'll need an extra set of hands--or feet, and always want someone close by to be on call. We need YOU to join our reliable back-up team! In the week before the film festival, you’ll be in the office as a “runner”. During the film festival, you’ll be the ever-flexible understudy to fill in where needed. Needed availability: Monday, June 15 - Sunday, June 21.

When? 1 Week Before the Festival and June 15 AFI 10AM-3PM; June 16 AFI 10AM-3PM; June 18 - Day; June 18 - Evening; June 19 - Day; June 19 - Evening; June 20 - Day; June 20 - Evening; June 21 - Day; June 21 - Evening
How Many? 10

Runners are the volunteer team's right hand! We never know when we'll need an extra set of hands--or feet, and always want someone close by to be on call. We need YOU to join our reliable back-up team! In the week before the film festival, you’ll be in the office as a “runner”. During the film festival, you’ll be the ever-flexible understudy to fill in where needed. Needed availability: Wednesday, June 18th - Sunday, June 22nd.

When? 2 Weeks Before the Festival; 1 Week Before the Festival and June 16 AFI 10AM-3PM; June 18 - Day; June 18 - Evening; June 19 - Day; June 19 - Evening; June 20 - Day; June 20 - Evening; June 21 - Day; June 21 - Evening
How Many? 6

Talent wranglers work behind the scenes with the production staff to ensure that special guests are in the right place at the right time! Needed Availability: Thursday, June 18 - Sunday, June 21.

When? June 18 - Day; June 18 - Evening; June 19 - Day; June 19 - Evening; June 20 - Day; June 20 - Evening; June 21 - Day; June 21 - Evening
How Many? 5

We want our patrons, from VIPs to single ticket attendees, to have a good, stress-free experience with AFI DOCS. This team will provide assistance to staff at ticketing venues and check-in tables for sponsors, filmmakers, and press. Needed Availability: Thursday, June 18 - Sunday, June 21.

When? June 18 - Day; June 18 - Evening; June 19 - Day; June 19 - Evening; June 20 - Day; June 20 - Evening; June 21 - Day; June 21 - Evening
How Many? 10

Special Event volunteers keep the fun flowing and serve with a smile as they help our guests enjoy screenings and special events. Special Events team members must be 21+. Most special events will take place in DC. Must have experience working with high profile guests. Resume required. Send resume to volunteer@afidocs.com

When? June 18 - Day; June 18 - Evening; June 19 - Day; June 19 - Evening; June 20 - Day; June 20 - Evening; June 21 - Day; June 21 - Evening
How Many? 15

If you like being right in the middle of things, sign up for Theater Ops! Our theater managers need help making every screening flow smoothly - getting patrons into the theaters, seated, and out the door in a timely fashion. We need your strong presence at the doors to take tickets, count heads, maintain order, answer patrons' questions, and usher people into empty seats when the theaters are packed. You should be an assertive and calm guiding force for potentially frantic movie-goers! Needed availability: Thursday, June 18 - Sunday, June 22.

When? June 18 - Day; June 18 - Evening; June 19 - Day; June 19 - Evening; June 20 - Day; June 20 - Evening; June 21 - Day; June 21 - Evening
How Many? 50

We need teams of hearty, reliable volunteers before, during and after the festival to make sure that each space is set up and broken down at the end of the event. If you can move and lift heavy things, and don't mind getting your hands dirty, this is a great way to be in the mix and see what goes into event production for a film festival. You’ll work directly with the AFI Docs production team. Volunteer must wear and closed toe shoes. Needed Availability: July 18 - July 21

When? June 18 - Day; June 18 - Evening; June 19 - Day; June 19 - Evening; June 20 - Day; June 20 - Evening; June 21 - Day; June 21 - Evening
How Many? 15

Super Volunteers only. Volunteer will staff the VIP Green Room. Must be over 21. Applicants required to submit resume demonstrating exceptional customer service skills and working with VIPs. Volunteer will escort guests to Green Room and will escort them to Theater for screening. Volunteer will ensure that room is tidy at all times and refreshments available to guests.

When? June 18 - Day; June 18 - Evening; June 19 - Day; June 19 - Evening; June 20 - Day; June 20 - Evening; June 21 - Day; June 21 - Evening
How Many? 4

The positions on the tech crew are 95% skilled positions. Please apply for this job if you have a solid background with some kind of video/editing experience. There will be camera crews at most events, and this team will compile daily videos to be edited over night. It's a whirlwind job, and great experience in making short projects with a really fast turn-around. Resume required, send to: volunteer@afidocs.com. Needed availability: PRE-FEST AND EVERY DAY AT FILM FESTIVAL

When? 2 Weeks Before the Festival; 1 Week Before the Festival and June 15 AFI 10AM-3PM; June 16 AFI 10AM-3PM; June 18 - Day; June 18 - Evening; June 19 - Day; June 19 - Evening; June 20 - Day; June 20 - Evening; June 21 - Day; June 21 - Evening
How Many? 15

Super Volunteers only. Volunteer will staff the VIP Green Room. Must be over 21. Applicants required to submit resume demonstrating exceptional customer service skills and working with VIPs. Volunteer will escort guests to Green Room and will escort them to Theater for screening. Volunteer will ensure that room is tidy at all times and refreshments available to guests.

When? June 18 - Day; June 18 - Evening; June 19 - Day; June 19 - Evening; June 20 - Day; June 20 - Evening; June 21 - Day; June 21 - Evening
How Many? 5

When? June 18 - Day; June 18 - Evening; June 19 - Day; June 19 - Evening; June 20 - Day; June 20 - Evening; June 21 - Day; June 21 - Evening
How Many? 30

When? June 18 - Day; June 18 - Evening; June 19 - Day; June 19 - Evening; June 20 - Day; June 20 - Evening; June 21 - Day; June 21 - Evening
How Many? 30

If you like being right in the middle of things, sign up for Theater Ops! Our theater managers need help making every screening flow smoothly - getting patrons into the theaters, seated, and out the door in a timely fashion. We need your strong presence at the doors to take tickets, count heads, maintain order, answer patrons' questions, and usher people into empty seats when the theaters are packed. You should be an assertive and calm guiding force for potentially frantic movie-goers! Needed availability: Thursday, June 18 - Sunday, June 22.

When? June 18 - Day; June 18 - Evening; June 19 - Day; June 19 - Evening; June 20 - Day; June 20 - Evening; June 21 - Day; June 21 - Evening
How Many? 40

We need a few volunteers to work with the media team during the festival to post on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr. AFI DOCS social media channels are documentary film focused. Posts focus on news, photos and information about the festival, including info about the films, filmmakers and festival events. Personal interview required. We will contact you to schedule.

When? June 18 - Evening; June 19 - Day; June 19 - Evening; June 20 - Day; June 20 - Evening; June 21 - Day; June 21 - Evening; June 17 - Evening
How Many? 6

Experience

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Required for Super Volunteer applicants

Volunteers are required to sign a Waiver/Release.  Upon acceptance - we will send a copy of the release for you to sign and bring with you to a training sessions.  

Minors must have parent/guardian signature.