Thank you to those who volunteered for the 2016 festival! Sign up for the 2017 festival and for pre-hours will begin in April 2016.
Volunteers are rewarded with VIP passes and shirts for their time spent with the festival and our gratitude. Whether you just want to help because you love film or if you need community service hours, we have a job for you!
We have several teams that you can join to add hours. We ask that you select only a max of 3 teams to be part of when you fill out the sign up form below. Descriptions for each team are below. We also ask that you attend a required training session (held in January and February) to take part of the festival.
We are happy to provide you with community service hours. We ask that you work hard but also enjoy yourself while volunteering with us. We are looking for responsible people. Please do not sign up for a shift that you do not plan to actually work. If something comes up, please give us 72 hours notice so we can try to find a replacement.
Volunteers get a 3-day pass to the festival if they work more than 12 hours throughout the year. Screeners receive a VIP pass to the festival including party and green room perks. If volunteers work over 20 hours during the year, they also can be eligible for a VIP pass. Each volunteer is only valid for one pass. Hours do not get applied towards other people's passes. Volunteers are also able to access the early discounts on ticket sales if they want to upgrade their pass or buy tickets for others at a discount.
VOLUNTEER GENERAL NEEDS:
PRE-FEST: This includes set up and organization of materials as well as helping with fundraisers, helping with office needs and more.
SCREENERS: This is from May 1 - November 15 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 November 15 to screen all films. This is usually a time commitment of 20-60 hours over 6 months. 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. THIS IS CLOSED FOR 2017!
FRONT OF THE HOUSE: This area includes ticket sales, badge check-in, information table, OFF merchandise, and film-makers merchandise during the actual festival. Do you have a friendly smile and are great at welcoming people? Then this is the job for you!
MEDIA: 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.
SCREENS: Screen managers, line managers, screen directors and ushers are needed to ensure that the festival runs smoothly. Jobs vary from handing out pencils and ballots as an usher to handling a screen's technical needs to managing an entire shift of the festival. 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. 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. You must be at least 21 to help with parties and responsible.
TRANSPORTATION : We are on the hunt for a shuttle manager pre-festival to arrange for filmmaker transportation as well as people to handle driving shifts during the week of the festival. This requires you to be at least 21 years of age to use the festival shuttles. Responsible people are needed for airport pick ups and for driving around town.
If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Addington at info at oxfordfilmfest.com
If you have further questions, please see our Volunteer FAQ page.