General

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!

Availability

Team Preferences

Volunteer opportunities are available at the AFI Silver Theatre and downtown D.C. venues. 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 what, when and how many 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.

*As you click on your available dates, applicable teams will become visible






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 22nd - Sunday, June 26th.

When? Opening Night AFI DOCS - June 22; AFI DOCS Day 2 Daytime - June 23; AFI DOCS Day 2 Evening - June 23; AFI DOCS Day 3 Daytime - June 24; AFI DOCS Day 3 Evening - June 24; AFI DOCS Day 4 Daytime - June 25; AFI DOCS Day 4 Evening - June 25; AFI DOCS Day 5 Daytime - June 26; AFI DOCS Day 5 Evening - June 26
How Many? 6

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 23 - Sunday, June 26.

When? AFI DOCS Day 2 Daytime - June 23; AFI DOCS Day 2 Evening - June 23; AFI DOCS Day 3 Daytime - June 24; AFI DOCS Day 3 Evening - June 24; AFI DOCS Day 4 Daytime - June 25; AFI DOCS Day 4 Evening - June 25; AFI DOCS Day 5 Daytime - June 26; AFI DOCS Day 5 Evening - June 26
How Many? 20

Ballot Counters count the audience award ballots. Shifts will occur primarily afternoons through late evenings.

When? AFI DOCS Day 2 Daytime - June 23; AFI DOCS Day 2 Evening - June 23; AFI DOCS Day 3 Daytime - June 24; AFI DOCS Day 3 Evening - June 24; AFI DOCS Day 4 Daytime - June 25; AFI DOCS Day 4 Evening - June 25; AFI DOCS Day 5 Daytime - June 26; AFI DOCS Day 5 Evening - June 26
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 22nd - Sunday, June 26th.

When? Opening Night AFI DOCS - June 22; AFI DOCS Day 2 Daytime - June 23; AFI DOCS Day 2 Evening - June 23; AFI DOCS Day 3 Daytime - June 24; AFI DOCS Day 3 Evening - June 24; AFI DOCS Day 4 Daytime - June 25; AFI DOCS Day 4 Evening - June 25; AFI DOCS Day 5 Daytime - June 26; AFI DOCS Day 5 Evening - June 26
How Many? 30

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 23 - Sunday, June 26.

When? AFI DOCS Day 2 Daytime - June 23; AFI DOCS Day 2 Evening - June 23; AFI DOCS Day 3 Daytime - June 24; AFI DOCS Day 3 Evening - June 24; AFI DOCS Day 4 Daytime - June 25; AFI DOCS Day 4 Evening - June 25; AFI DOCS Day 5 Daytime - June 26; AFI DOCS Day 5 Evening - June 26
How Many? 10

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 23 - Sunday, June 26.

When? AFI DOCS Day 2 Daytime - June 23; AFI DOCS Day 2 Evening - June 23; AFI DOCS Day 3 Daytime - June 24; AFI DOCS Day 3 Evening - June 24; AFI DOCS Day 4 Daytime - June 25; AFI DOCS Day 4 Evening - June 25; AFI DOCS Day 5 Daytime - June 26; AFI DOCS Day 5 Evening - June 26
How Many? 35

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? Opening Night AFI DOCS - June 22; AFI DOCS Day 2 Evening - June 23; AFI DOCS Day 3 Evening - June 24; AFI DOCS Day 4 Evening - June 25; AFI DOCS Day 5 Evening - June 26
How Many? 15

Social Media volunteers are needed throughout the entire AFI DOCS festival from June 22-26. Volunteers will be managed by Steve and will discuss individual scheduling with him.

When? Opening Night AFI DOCS - June 22; AFI DOCS Day 2 Daytime - June 23; AFI DOCS Day 2 Evening - June 23; AFI DOCS Day 3 Daytime - June 24; AFI DOCS Day 3 Evening - June 24; AFI DOCS Day 4 Daytime - June 25; AFI DOCS Day 4 Evening - June 25; AFI DOCS Day 5 Daytime - June 26; AFI DOCS Day 5 Evening - June 26
How Many? 5

Photography volunteers are needed throughout the AFI DOCS festival from June 22-26. Volunteers will be managed by Seth on-site and will need to provide a portfolio and list of available equipment before proceeding with scheduling.

When? Opening Night AFI DOCS - June 22; AFI DOCS Day 2 Daytime - June 23; AFI DOCS Day 2 Evening - June 23; AFI DOCS Day 3 Daytime - June 24; AFI DOCS Day 3 Evening - June 24; AFI DOCS Day 4 Daytime - June 25; AFI DOCS Day 4 Evening - June 25; AFI DOCS Day 5 Daytime - June 26; AFI DOCS Day 5 Evening - June 26
How Many? 5

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 AFI DOCS; 1 Week Before AFI DOCS; Week of AFI DOCS - June 20; Week of AFI DOCS - June 21; Opening Night AFI DOCS - June 22; AFI DOCS Day 2 Daytime - June 23; AFI DOCS Day 2 Evening - June 23; AFI DOCS Day 3 Daytime - June 24; AFI DOCS Day 3 Evening - June 24; AFI DOCS Day 4 Daytime - June 25; AFI DOCS Day 4 Evening - June 25; AFI DOCS Day 5 Daytime - June 26; AFI DOCS Day 5 Evening - June 26; AFI DOCS Volunteer Celebration Set-Up - June 28; AFI DOCS Volunteer Celebration - June 28
How Many? 15

Experience

Other

RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY FOR AFI VOLUNTEERS

 This Release and Waiver of Liability (this “Release”) is executed on the date of this application, by and between American Film Institute and AFI DOCS Film Festival, and their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives, sponsors, and agents (collectively, “AFI”), on the one hand, and  myself (“Volunteer”) on the other.

 The Volunteer desires to work as a volunteer for AFI and engage in the activities related to being a volunteer for AFI DOCS Film Festival (the “Activities”).  Volunteer understands that the Activities may include working in AFI offices and in event venues, driving and delivery using Volunteer’s own vehicle, lifting heavy objects, and staffing and participating in events.  Volunteer hereby freely, voluntarily, and without duress executes this Release under the following terms:

 Code of Conduct:  Volunteer agrees to consume no alcohol nor other drugs during the time spent volunteering for the Activities.  Volunteer agrees that Volunteer’s badge and other AFI identification (such as a uniform or other item of clothing denoting Volunteer’s position as a volunteer for the Activities as may be provided by AFI) will be removed when Volunteer attends or participates in any AFI events or activities as a guest.  Volunteer agrees not to solicit or promote in any way to any guests attending the Activities.  AFI understands the celebratory nature of the Activities and encourages everyone to have fun and participate when appropriate.  However, in the event that policies are broken, at the discretion of AFI management, volunteer privileges can be changed or revoked at any time and Volunteer will be escorted off the premises.

 Assumption of the Risk:  Volunteer understands that the Activities may be hazardous to the Volunteer.  Volunteer hereby expressly and specifically assumes all risks and dangers of the Activities and all responsibility for any and all losses, damages, and/or injuries, whether caused in whole or in part by the negligence or other conduct of AFI or any other person.

 Release and Waiver:  Volunteer does hereby release and forever discharge and hold harmless AFI and its parents, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, successors, sponsors, licensees and assigns and their respective officers, directors, employees and agents from any and all liability, claims, and demands of whatever kind or nature, either in law or in equity, which arise or may hereafter arise from Volunteer’s Activities with AFI.  Volunteer hereby waives protections afforded by any jurisdiction that provide that a general release shall not extend to claims that do not exist or are unknown or unsuspected at the time the release is executed.  Volunteer understands that this Release discharges AFI from any liability or claim that the Volunteer may have against AFI with respect to any bodily injury, personal injury, illness, death, or property damage that may result from the Volunteer’s Activities with AFI, whether caused by the negligence of AFI or its officers, directors, employees, or agents or otherwise.  Volunteer also understands that AFI does not assume any responsibility for or obligation to provide financial assistance or other assistance, including but not limited to medical, health, or disability insurance in the event of injury or illness.

 Medical Treatment: Volunteer does hereby release and forever discharge AFI from any claim whatsoever which arises or may hereafter arise on account of any first aid, treatment, or service rendered in connection with the Volunteer’s Activities with AFI. 

Volunteer understands and acknowledges that he/she may decline any volunteer role or position at any time if he/she feels such role or position presents a risk to health or safety or for any other reason.  Volunteer agrees to advise AFI of any preexisting health, medical, or other conditions that would preclude involvement in any Activities.  Volunteer acknowledges that AFI staff are not permitted to administer medication. 

 Insurance:  Volunteer understands that AFI does not carry or maintain health, medical, disability, or automobile insurance for any Volunteer.  Each Volunteer is expected and encouraged to obtain his or her own health, medical and automobile insurance coverage.

 Photographic Release:  Volunteer does hereby grant and convey unto AFI all rights, title, and interest in any and all photographic images and video or audio recordings made by AFI during the Volunteer’s Activities with AFI, including, but not limited to, any royalties, proceeds or other benefits derived from such photographs or recordings.  Volunteer also agrees that the original and duplicate copies of any video and/or audio recordings of Volunteer’s participation in the Activities may be added to the collection of the recorded guest lectures of AFI, available to the public for viewing and display in the Louis B. Mayer Library or elsewhere.  Volunteer hereby waives any right of inspection or approval of such photographic images and recordings.

Other:  Volunteer expressly agrees that this Release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the State of California and that this Release shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California.  Volunteer agrees that in the event that any clause or provision of this Release shall be held to be invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such clause or provision shall not otherwise affect the remaining provisions of this Release which shall continue to be enforceable.  The venue for any dispute that arises hereunder shall be the State of California.