The growing success of the Florida Film Festival is sustained by our dedicated volunteers. Each year the Florida Film Festival relies on the help of close to 200 volunteers in every department. Volunteers are needed before and during the 10-day Festival (April 8-17, 2011) for a variety of positions, weekdays and weekends, so you’re sure to find a slot that fits your schedule and interests.
Supporting a unique non-profit organization, gaining valuable experience, and meeting others who share an enthusiasm for film is what makes volunteering at the Florida Film Festival all worthwhile. Being able to participate in this event has proven to be a prized opportunity year after year.
All new and returning volunteers MUST submit a completed Volunteer Application to be eligible to volunteer for the 2011 Florida Film Festival. Even if you have volunteered at previous Festivals and/or are a year-round Enzian volunteer, you must submit a new application for this year’s Festival. Click here to complete and submit this form online.
Orientation and Sign-Up Day
Orientation is MANDATORY. It is the only opportunity to sign up for shifts and is the time to learn each position’s details, receive important training from the staff, and meet other volunteers before the festival.
Returning Volunteer Orientation:
Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10 AM at Enzian
New Volunteer Orientation:
Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 10 AM at Enzian
We are truly grateful for all of the hard work that our volunteers provide during the festival. To show our appreciation we choose to provide benefits beyond the fun and satisfaction of service. All Florida Film Festival Volunteers receive the following:
1. Access to Festival screenings when you are not scheduled to work and when seating is available (value of $10.00/movie). Please wait to take your seat until just before the show begins. You will be admitted only after all Platinum Pass Patrons, single ticket holders, filmmakers, media, and stand-by ticket holders have been seated. Also, wear your Volunteer Badge – it is your I.D. to gain access.
2. One volunteer T-shirt (MUST be worn during shifts)
3. An invitation to the Volunteer & Staff Appreciation Party on April 20, 2011 at Enzian & Eden Bar. Join us for food, drinks, fun, and raffle prizes!
4. Free admission passes to regular Enzian programming (based on number of hours volunteered; see below)
• For every volunteer shift completed, you will receive two “Admit One” passes good for regular Enzian Programming (valued at $10 each).
• If you complete seven full volunteer shifts, you will receive 16 ”Admit One” passes (valued at $160) and one Regular level membership to the Enzian Film Society (valued at $60).
• You will continue to receive two (2) “Admit One” passes good for regular Enzian programming for every completed shift above seven full volunteer shifts.
EXPIRATION DATES APPLY to all passes and they are valid for Enzian regular programming ONLY.
Volunteer Shift Descriptions
All shifts are based on teams and most will be located at Enzian Theater, Enzian’s Festival office (Point 100), and Regal Winter Park. Please read below to familiarize yourself with the different kinds of opportunities available.
|Team||Shift Dates||Skills Required||Sample Duties|
|Clone Quality||Before Festival||Attention to detail||Pre-screening films for technical glitches|
|Marketing||Before & During Festival||Organization; Courteous and cheerful demeanor||Assembling collateral; Clerical work; Distribution|
|Info||Before & During Festival||Patience; Courteous and cheerful demeanor; Attention to detail||Educating festival guests about films, schedule, and general information; Providing “first impressions” to festival guests; Surveying guests|
|Filmmaker||Before & During Festival||Courteous and cheerful demeanor||Checking in filmmakers; Familiarizing filmmakers with events and surrounding area|
|Theater||During Festival||Courteous and cheerful demeanor; Organization||Taking tickets, counting attendees, counting ballots, post-film clean up|
|Events||Before & During Festival||Able & willing to lift heavy items; Ability to work well in large crowds; Assertive yet courteous demeanor||Setting up and breaking down special events and parties, lifting and/or moving tables, wine, tents, etc.|
|On-Site Runner||Before & During Festival||MUST be at least 21 years old; Good driving record; Use own Vehicle||Run errands between venues; Mileage will be reimbursed|
|Driver||During Festival||Courteous and cheerful demeanor; Organization; Strong communication skills; Attention to detail; MUST be at least 25 years old; Good driving record; Professionalism & dependability||Ensuring festival jurors and special guests are on time to assigned screenings by transporting them to and from their lodgings and the different venues. Drivers are solely responsible for jurors’ on-time arrival as films cannot begin until all jurors are present. If you are interested in being a driver, positions will be offered at Orientation via a quick interview|
What You Can Expect as a Volunteer
As a volunteer you can expect to be a valuable part of a prestigious film festival production team. You can expect to be treated with courtesy and respect. We want this to be a positive experience for everyone involved; you should expect to work hard and have fun. While there is a great deal of work for us to do, there is also time to make new friends and enjoy the festival. Shift lengths run between three and six hours. Flexibility and a sense of humor are great assets!
What We Expect from Our Volunteers
As a volunteer, you are expected to arrive for your shift on time, dressed appropriately, ready to work, and with a good attitude. We expect volunteers to treat each other, Festival patrons, and staff in the same manner that they would want to be treated: with a smile and courteous attitude at all times. Volunteers should plan on pitching in when needed, working hard, and enjoying what the Festival has to offer.