Volunteer FAQ

Do I need to be a certain age to volunteer? 

Yes, you must be 18 or older to volunteer during the festival.    For those interested in transportation, you must be 25 to drive the shuttle. 


What kind of work is available pre-festival?


Volunteers will screen films either in their own home or in hosted screening events. We are also looking for those willing to host screenings. 

Poster and Program / Booklet Distribution:

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 January-February.


Various media needs may be available in working with Melanie Addington, the festival’s Development Director.

What kind of work is available during the festival?

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.

Information Table

Volunteers will be needed to give information to Festival Attendees ranging from general information about Oxford, to the Festival itself and its program.


Volunteers will be selling both OFF merchandise and Film-Makers merchandise at 2 separate tables.  OFF merchandise will be sold via computer and will include cash, check, and credit card transactions while Film-Makers merchandise will be cash/check only.

VIP Tent

Volunteers will be responsible for monitoring the VIP Tent to make sure that only filmmakers, 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.  The volunteer in this area will sit in a chair outside the green room to check credentials (badges).


Ushers will stand outside the doors to the theaters and hand out audience ballots, do head-counts, and answer any questions that attendees may have.

Screen Managers

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.

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.

Screen Directors

Screen directors manage all screens and staff during their shift. This can involve helping volunteers to their area, handling emergencies, answering questions and more.

Line Manager

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

Panel Coordinator

Volunteers will support the panel coordinator in setting up for panels, including anything from setting up microphones to making photocopies.  This job may include some pre-festival duties as well.

Party Assistant

Volunteers will help with the setting up, catering and serving, and the cleanup of parties.  This involves an array of duties from carrying boxes, setting up tables and chairs, decorating, picking up food from sponsors or designated providers, serving or replenishing of areas, to taking out trash when the party is over.  This area is usually LATE NIGHT.


This involves airport pick ups and drops offs as well as in-town transportation. 

What do I wear as a volunteer?

Volunteers will be issues a red short-sleeved “volunteer” t-shirt to wear during their shift.  What you choose to wear with the t-shirt is up to you.

What hours do I work as a volunteer?

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