Cinefest 2011 is just a few short weeks away, and we are looking for a few good volunteers. Why should I volunteer, you ask! Here are a few reasons why.
Please take a look a the following information to see the many ways you can support the festival as a volunteer, the schedule of trainings and then contact the Volunteer Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 267-765-9800 x 4 to sign up for the appropriate training session.
If you are a new or a returning volunteer who would like to sign up, come to one of the General Sessions to learn more about Cinefest 2011 and the roles volunteers play.
Managers and Box Office personnel MUST attend a training session. All returning volunteers may begin to sign up for shifts at their respective training sessions or by contacting the Volunteer Department beginning Wednesday, March 23. Currently, we only have one training scheduled but will be adding another.
UsherThe Usher takes tickets, hands out/collects ballots before and after films. During films, duties also include counting ballots for audience awards & ticket stubs to note film attendance. While it is possible that ushers may see part of the film during their shift, they will spend the beginning and end of each screening in the lobby, greeting Festival patrons. No Usher may leave their post without permission from the manager.
GreeterSimilar to an Usher, the Greeter is a position that serves as the "face of the festival." The role of the Greeter is to provide an upbeat, energetic vibe as patrons enter the theatre lobby, while controlling the traffic flow and crowd direction, before and after a film. The Greeter must be personable, energetic, and constantly smiling! Duties also may include assisting festival patrons and taking on ushering tasks when necessary.
Box OfficeThe Box Office Volunteer sells day-of-show tickets at the venues. Duties include filling out all the Box Office paperwork, keeping track of tickets sold for each show and the day’s cash sales. Box office volunteers NEVER see the films on their shifts.
Advanced Ticket SalesThese shifts are either at the Festival Ticketing Office or a TLA Video store location. Duties include selling tickets and taking cash, check or credit card payments, either in person or over the phone. Computer and customer service skills are required. We reserve the right to screen volunteers for this position.
ManagerThe Manager is the primary position at the venue. Duties include overseeing the volunteer staff and ensuring a smooth run of the theatre venue. Distinctly, the Manager is in charge of traffic flow: managing the lines, determining when the audience can enter a theatre, maintaining crowd control and handling issues and complaints. The Manager NEVER sees the films on their shifts. Managers must have some sort of previous management experience, receive clearance by the Operations Staff before signing up and must attend a Manager/Box Office training session.
Special EventsThis position involves various Festival parties and events; selling or taking tickets at the door, monitoring attendance, greeting people, directing traffic flow, etc. There will be alcohol served at festival events. Volunteers are forbidden to drink while on duty.
Distribution:This job entails delivering program guides and festival literature around your area, replenishing once supplies run out. A car and extra help may be required, based on distribution locations. Required is a list of drop off locations and amounts before vouchers are given.
You may begin to sign up for shifts following the training.
Soon we will have the volunteer and training schedules, along with other volunteer information, online at our website phillycinefest.com.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at the trainings.
Claire Kohler, Director of Production
Steve Saturn, Managing Director/Volunteer Coordinator
267-765-9800, ext 4