Volunteers Needed for Oxford Film Festival 2020

The 2020 Oxford Film Festival is right around the corner, and the organization is seeking volunteers to help make the festival a success!

If you are in need of community service hours or simply love film and want to help, this is the perfect opportunity for you!

Volunteers are needed in the following areas:

YEAR ROUND/PRE-FEST: This includes set up and organization of materials as well as helping with fundraisers, helping with office needs, screening events and more from March-January. 

SCREENERS: This is from June 1 – December 31 and hours vary depending on which category you screen. This does require a significant time commitment. Screeners are required to watch the entire length of a film and then use our system to write a review. Screeners are also required to check in regularly and not wait until December to screen all films. This is usually a time commitment of 10-20 hours a month. Every film is required to be viewed in full by at least 3 people before head programmers view, so we ask for responsible people who can keep up with regular screenings. The screening application is now closed for 2020.

BOX OFFICE and MERCH SALES TEAMS: This area includes ticket sales, badge check-in, information table, OFF merchandise during the actual festival. Can you use a Square reader? Do you have a friendly smile and are great at welcoming people? Then this is the job for you! 

MEDIA/DOC CREW TEAMS: This area includes distribution of posters and tabloids, red carpet organization, panel support, mail outs, videography, and filmmaker interviews. There is a variety of pre-festival positions, during the festival shifts and post-festival positions. Red carpet supporters will dress professionally to help tour filmmakers down the red carpet during their interviews. It is a prestigious job and one that is important to not cancel on as a lot of pre-planning goes into the logistis.

PROJECTION SUPPORT/SCREENS: Screen managers, line managers and ushers are needed to ensure that the festival runs smoothly. Jobs vary from counting people as they enter the screen to watching the movie and letting the booth know if sound is good to making sure the lobby area is well managed during busy times. Line managers help keep the transition in and out of films smooth. Many of these jobs do require the ability to stand for at least 2 hours except screen managing which requires mostly sitting. Projection support and Virtual Reality technicians are also needed. Training is provided for all positions. 

HOSPITALITY: This area includes working in or coordinating the Green Room and set up, execution and take down of the film festival parties. We need volunteers to serve, stock and arrange during the festival and also people who would like to get more involved with pre-festival planning. 

TRANSPORTATION : This is to drive shuttles around town and to and from the airport. Responsible people are needed for airport pick ups and for driving around town. We ask that you have your own car insurance for the driving experience and provide us with it in advance. However, we have shuttles or towncars for you to drive. This is a fun way to get to know filmmakers! 

Volunteers will also be required to undergo training, where you will be able to meet your area manager, obtain emergency training, be trained in your assigned area, and learn more about procedures for the event as a whole.

There are perks to volunteering with The Oxford Film Festival:

  • Every volunteer that works at least one shift and attends training gets a shirt!
  • Volunteers that work 5-19 hours get a 10 pack of movie tickets
  • Volunteers that work 20+ hours or more get a VIP pass to the festival.

If you are interested in volunteering for The Oxford Film Festival, click here to sign up!

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