The Sarasota Film Festival is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. SFF uses volunteers year-round for a variety of projects, and our volunteer work force is key to the success of our annual 10-day Festival - this year, running April 4-13, 2014. Our volunteers are valued members of the team.
To apply to volunteer with the 2014 Sarasota Film Festival, please CLICK HERE TO APPLY and submit an online application.
To find out more about Volunteering, please read the following documents (click on document name to open):
BOX OFFICE / CALL CENTER
The box office and call center are the heart of festival screenings and special events. You'll interact with all festival patrons and learn the festival schedule inside and out. SFF is seeking volunteers to work in the call center taking ticket orders and offering information to callers. Box office volunteers are needed to work as customer service representatives, helping with tickets, serving as “docents” to patrons, and, in some cases, working behind the counter to process ticket sales.
WELCOME BOOTH / MERCHANDISE
Volunteers who work in the welcome booth and merchandise booth interact with festival goers by answering general festival questions and selling merchandise. Excellent customer service skills needed. Volunteers will assist the "Festival Land" Manager with various tasks and errands necessary for keeping all areas of Festival Land operating smoothly.
THEATER OPERATIONS / FRONT OF HOUSE
Volunteers assisting in theater operations will help with various technical aspects of the film screenings throughout the festival. Auditorium and lobby staff-members set the stage for all screenings and ensure patrons get in and out of theaters efficiently and comfortably with everything they need. You will also make sure we get everything we need from our patrons, including completed ballots, surveys and audience response cards.
SPONSOR / FILMMAKER LOUNGE
As an SFF Ambassador at the Sponsor/Filmmaker Lounge, you will be there to make sure that only the appropriate guests are admitted, as well as to answer guests questions about Festival events, film schedules, who's participating, etc. MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE.
GUEST SERVICES / TRANSPORTATION
Meet filmmakers, industry guests and celebrities while driving them to the places they need to go for the festival: airport, Hollywood 20, events, attractions, hotels. Requires excellent driving skills, outstanding interpersonal relations skills, neat and tidy appearance. SFF provides vehicles. All drivers must be at least 26 years of age. For insurance purposes, all drivers are screened through the Department of Motor Vehicles. Requires personal interview prior to first shift.
PRESS & INDUSTRY REGISTRATION
Volunteers in this position will need to be able to retain general knowledge of the Festival, as well as times and locations of daily screenings, symposiums and events. Volunteers will be in charge of helping participating press through the registration process and providing them with appropriate press/industry packets.
Get involved in one of the fastest growing areas of the festival. Our education programs exist to foster appreciation for the art of film and to support the creative visions of filmmakers and students. Interactive programs are developed to complement screenings with an emphasis on community engagement. Jobs will include ushering, accommodating speakers, keeping seminars on schedule and distributing educational material.
Please CLICK HERE to volunteer with the 2014 Sarasota Film Festival.