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WELCOME TO THE AFI DOCS 2015 VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION SITE

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 are 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 as a volunteer, you will receive a special AFI DOCS 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 only two days: May 30 and June 6.  Attendance at one of these trainings is mandatory . Assignments will be made mid-May, 2015.  If you have questions, please contact us at volunteer@afidocs.com.  We look forward to working with you!

General Volunteer

General volunteers commit to work at least 16 hours during the festival (some pre-fest shifts are available but these shifts are generally reserved for Super Volunteers). Most shifts are approximately 6-8 hours. Most festival assignments will occur in DC where we have multiple venues. 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-festival activities will take place at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD. We look forward to working with you!

Skills and Abilities

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Availability

Team Preferences

Volunteer opportunities are available on various 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. Shifts will occur primarily afternoons through late evenings.

When? June 19 - Day; June 20 - Day; June 21 - Day; 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 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; June 16 AFI 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 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 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Volunteer Celebration Set-up; June 23 - 6 p.m. - Volunteer Celebration!
How Many? 40

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 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; June 16 AFI 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 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 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 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 AFI DOCS Film Festival is still seeking production-savvy PA/Tech Assistant Volunteers for our tech team. This is a great opportunity to be a part of the nation’s premier documentary festival! We are looking for dependable, experienced, mature people that can work festival week, assisting our camera operators as they document various festival events (The conference, evening parties, filmmaker interviews & VIPs, etc.) MUST BE 21+ years old. Primary Responsibilities: · Assist camera operators throughout the festival · Assist with audio · Take field notes & log footage · Assist in setting up shots · Other Tech Assistant duties as assigned Requirements: · Priority given to those with demonstrated shooting experience (Student experience welcome!) · Must have fundamental knowledge of and some experience in areas of responsibility · Energy and positive attitude are a must! There will be a lot of running around.

When? 2 Weeks Before the Festival; 1 Week Before the Festival and May 30 @AFI 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Training; June 6 @AFI 9 a.m -12 p.m. - Training; June 17 - Evening; June 16 AFI 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 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

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Required for Super Volunteer applicants

Volunteers are required to sign a Waiver/Release.   This form will be available at the mandatory training session (May 30 or June 6.  Minors must have parent/guardian signature.