Volunteer FAQ

How do I make a schedule?

Check out shifts on SignUp Genius and grab what you want to do. 

 An e-mail reminder also goes out 2 days before your shift.

Do I need to be a certain age to volunteer? 

Yes, you must be 15 or older to volunteer during the festival. For those interested in transportation, we prefer you to be over 21 or be very responsible. 

What kind of work is available pre-festival?


Volunteers will screen films either in their own home using our Film Freeway system. This job is from May 1-November  and sign up closes before May.

Pre-Festival Hours

Volunteers will work on their own to distribute (with list provided) posters and/or film guides throughout the community, including on campus.  Work is from March-January. We also need help with monthly screenings and helping with our fundraisers. This is a great way to get to 24 hours early! 

What kind of work is available during the festival?

Box Office: Ticketing and Badge Check-in

Volunteers will sell badges and individual movie tickets to people who come in the door.  Volunteers will also check in those who have pre-purchased tickets and badges.


Various media needs may be available in working with John Wildman, publicist on red carpet, running our photo booth, taking photos, helping with filmmaker interviews.


Volunteers will be selling OFF merchandise.  OFF merchandise will be sold via tablet and will include cash, check, and credit card transactions. This is also the information booth so volunteers may answer questions about the festival. 

VIP Green Room/Filmmaker Lounge (Hospitality)

Volunteers will be responsible for monitoring the VIP Tent or the Filmmaker Lounge to make sure that only filmmakers, panelists, jury, media, sponsors, VIP guests, and OFF staff use the room.  Volunteers will also need to work with the Hospitality Director for any food/drink needs and keep up with trash as needed. 

Ushers (screens)

Ushers will stand outside the doors to the theaters, electronically check in tickets or badges or use the counter to count numbers going in theaters and and answer any questions that attendees may have.

Screen Managers (screens)

Screen Managers are the direct communication from the theater to the booth upstairs.  Volunteers will be asked to sit in a specific place and keep in communication with the booth for any problems that may occur with the picture or sound. Only people who can handle responsibility of a head set and pay attention to the screen the entire time need apply. 

Projection Support

This person will help with running a laptop or handling Blurays. Help in the Virtual Reality room is also needed.

Q and A

Working with the Q and A staff and the Volunteer Coordinator for screens, these volunteers will run the Filmmakers / actor Q and A’s after the showing of their movie. Must be comfortable speaking in front of a crowd.

Line Manager (screens)

The line manager works during the festival in the lobby to manage the lines and help people with any questions. 


This involves airport pick ups and drops offs as well as in-town transportation. We provide a shuttle for anyone over 21. If you want to use your own car, that is allowed but we do not provide refunds for gas.

Kid Film Fest

Energetic volunteers are needed to help work with children during workshops, screenings and break times. 

What do I wear as a volunteer?

Volunteers will be issues a  short-sleeved “crew” t-shirt to wear during their shift.  We ask you only wear this during your shift.

What hours do I work as a volunteer?

This is up to you.  Perks are provided based on the number of hours you work.