BE A HERO BEHIND THE SCENES: VOLUNTEER!

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Welcome! The 39th Mill Valley Film Festival runs October 6-16, 2016, and we need your help!
Every year more than 500 dedicated volunteers join in our efforts to celebrate and promote film as art and education.
We showcase over 200 independent and international films and music events in one of the most beautiful parts in the Bay Area.

Why volunteer at MVFF?  Because eleven days of film, music, panels, parties and great conversation in a beautiful setting inspires you, and because you want to do your part in sharing these beautiful stories and experiences with the world.

Ready to get involved?  We are looking for reliable, hard working, positive team members who can volunteer for at least two 4-hour shifts during the festival.

TO VOLUNTEER AT MVFF:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
    (For applicants between 14 and 17 years old, please reach out to volunteer@cafilm.org )
  • Commit to a minimum of two 4-hour shifts during the festival
  • Attendance at our volunteer orientation/training in September

PERKS INCLUDE:

  • MVFF39 T-shirt
  • One MVFF voucher per shift completed
  • Pre-festival volunteer screening
  • Post-festival Volunteer Appreciation Party
  • For 50+ completed hours, an Associate level CFI Membership

APPLY TO VOLUNTEER, CLICK BELOW:

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

BOX OFFICE

Volunteers facilitate pick-up of pre-ordered tickets at will call.

DRIVERS

We are seeking friendly and reliable volunteers to drive festival guests to and from screenings, events, hotels, and airports. Must have clean DMV report and presentable, reliable car.

FILMMAKER LOUNGES

Volunteers assist with checking badges at the door, food and beverage service, sponsor activations, venue set up and clean up, and provides information and directions to guests. There are Filmmaker Lounges in both San Rafael and Mill Valley.

GREEN TEAM

We are seeking green-thinking, or better yet green-acting individuals, to uphold our sustainability practices. Duties within this team include composting and recycling at theaters and events, water, branding/signage, HVAC, transportation/carpooling, and climate management activities including hot/cold weather affairs. These volunteers are the true heroes of the festival –  ensuring that we not only show films about environmental awareness, but actually walk the talk!

GUEST / FILMMAKER SERVICES

Guest Services volunteers provide welcome information to guest filmmakers at the Filmmaker Lounge in Mill Valley. Guest Services also utilizes experienced volunteers to act as on-site liaisons to connect filmmakers, programmers, and theater staff for introductions and Q&A’s.

THEATER OPERATIONS

Volunteers act as line managers, badge scanners, ticket takers, and ballot distributors and collectors in San Rafael, Mill Valley, Larkspur, and Corte Madera. This team is critical to making the festival happen as this is MVFF’s greatest need.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Looking for upbeat and punctual volunteers help with food and beverage service, event set-up and break-down (must be able to lift 25lbs), registration/check-in, clean-up (late shifts).  Must be 21 or older, able to problem solve, stay on task, and be willing to get your hands dirty.  Select volunteer openings available for VIP, sponsor, supply pick-up, and filmmaker concierge service at events.

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MARKETING / PUBLICITY

Looking for detail-oriented volunteers to help with: schedule and poster distribution, ticket distribution, niche marketing / outreach to local community partners, press / media support, press conference support, press kit creation and distribution, web work / content management, and help with digital media projects.

OFFICE ASSISTANCE

Looking for volunteers to help with many pre-festival projects such as badges, reserved seat signs, event signage, venue supply kits, data entry, audience award ballots, various mailers, and staff meeting support with food and beverage set-up and breakdown.

PANELS

Looking for hard-working volunteers who assist with set-up, food and beverage service, break-down, programming staff assistance, and panelist support.

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY

We are seeking skilled volunteer photographers and videographers to help document MVFF39 moments for years to come. Volunteers will be assigned to shoot film introductions, Q&A’s, red carpet arrivals, special events, filmmaker outings, panels, sponsor activations, and the general festival atmosphere. Must have own camera. Must be able to take direction and deliver media immediately following event.  

PROGRAMMING

Volunteers help with panel set up, filmmaker outings, special screening needs, and act as interpreters during select Q&A’s.

SPONSORSHIP

The Sponsorship team is looking for detail-oriented individuals to help with the following: sponsor check-in and concierge service, sponsor activations within festival venues, sponsorship mailers, sponsor reserved seating in theaters, and support at events.

YOU CAN ALSO VOLUNTEER BY HOSTING AN MVFF FILMMAKER!
CLICK HERE for more info.

VOLUNTEER CODE OF CONDUCT:

You are an ambassador and the face of Mill Valley Film Festival to both patrons and to the public at large. As a volunteer you are expected to:

Treat all patrons, visitors, artists, staff and fellow volunteers with respect and courtesy
Conduct yourself in a friendly and professional manner
Do not consume alcohol or drugs while on a shift and do not report for duty while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Show up on time and dress appropriately for your shift
Contact the Volunteer Department immediately when you need to cancel a shift
Work through your entire shift
Keep all information you handle confidential
Have fun!

YOU CAN EXPECT THE FOLLOWING FROM MVFF STAFF:

Respect, courtesy, and clarity of expectations
Appreciation for your efforts
Willingness to address your concerns and answer your questions
A safe work environment
To be informed about role or shift changes as early as possible

ALREADY REGISTERED TO VOLUNTEER?

Log in to www.shiftboard.com/mvff and make sure that your contact information is up to date (click on “My Account”).  If you do not remember your password, click on “Forgot Password” above the login boxes and you will be sent a reminder email.  If your login information is up to date and you are not receiving MVFF volunteer emails, check your junk folder to see if our emails have been flagged as spam.

WHAT’S NEXT?

facebook  Are you a CFI or MVFF Volunteer? Join our Facebook Group !

In August, we’ll post orientation and training dates. Please check back!

Questions?
Email: volunteer@cafilm.org
Phone: 415.526.5827