AFI FEST presented by Audi is looking for volunteers to assist in a variety of roles including theater operations, special events, video production, foreign language translation, guest services and more. Help us celebrate cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers at this year's festival which will take place November 6-13, 2014. Our festival venues include the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres at the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Dolby Theatre, the Egyptian Theatre of the American Cinematheque and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Some of our volunteers have many years of specialized experience in professional fields relevant to the departments in which they serve. Some volunteers have festival experience within the teams they've been selected. Some just want to learn what it takes to create a successful festival from behind-the-scenes.

Here's a list of our volunteer teams:

    Open Teams
  • Box Office >>
  • Theater Team >>
  • Utility Team >>
  • Volunteer Headquarters >>
    Experienced Teams (requires a commitment of at least five shifts over four different days)
  • AFI FEST Info >>
  • AFI FEST Lounges (must be over 21 years old) >>
  • Filmmaker Lounge >>
  • Galas – Theater >>
  • Galas – Will Call >>
  • Media Center >>
  • Photography – Operations >>
  • Sponsorship >>
    Specialty Teams (each team requires previous experience in its respective field)
  • AFI FEST AV Crew >>
  • AFI FEST Blog Team >>
  • Galas/Special Screenings – Publicity>>
  • Social Media >>
    Important Notes
  • Those with greater weekday availability will be given priority over those with weekend only availability
  • Media Center and Filmmaker Lounge require daytime availability
  • Gala Teams require daily availability as early as 4:00 p.m.
  • Lounge Team requires evening and late night availability
  • AFI FEST does not provide travel and lodging expenses to out of town volunteers

2014 Volunteer Guidelines

All volunteers are responsible for knowing and following all of the guidelines in the 2014 Volunteer Guide

The guidelines change from year to year, so please take a moment to read them thoroughly.

How Do I Volunteer?

RETURNING VOLUNTEERS – You will still need to register on Shiftboard. Please click the link below to submit your 2014 registration. Once we see that you've registered for this year, we will re-activate your account and all of your previous festival history will be just as you left it. You may then select your shifts and communicate with the AFI FEST Volunteer Department immediately. For those who are moving to a new team please RSVP for Orientation.

NEW VOLUNTEERS – Please follow the link below to apply as a volunteer. Once you successfully complete your registration, Shiftboard will display a message, thanking you for your submission and for your patience while we process your information. You will be notified via e-mail if your registration has been accepted. The AFI FEST Volunteer Department will then assign you to a team based on your interests and experience, as well as your availability and the festival's overall areas of need. You may then log onto Shiftboard, RSVP to either orientation and begin scheduling your shifts.

AFI FEST has partnered with shiftboard.com for our online registration and scheduling needs. Through Shiftboard you will be able to:

  • Enter or update your profile and contact information
  • Tell us about your skills and strengths
  • Request a volunteer team
  • Schedule your shifts
  • Record your volunteer hours
  • Receive prompt updates and notices

Volunteer Orientations

New volunteers and returning volunteers assigned to a new team are required to attend one of our mandatory volunteer orientations. Once approved, volunteers can view orientation dates, times and location, which are visible in the Shiftboard calendar; volunteers can make their selection according to availability. Please be sure to sign up for one of the two volunteer orientations on either Saturday, October 25 or Tuesday, October 28. At orientation, you will meet AFI FEST staff, learn more about your specific roles and meet fellow volunteers.

Volunteering at AFI FEST is an opportunity to put your talents to good use, learn new skills, make friends and take part in a truly collaborative project where every individual's best efforts make a real difference.

Please click here to fill out your volunteer registration application.

Looking forward to making AFI FEST 2014 another success. Thank you!

For more information, e-mail us at FESTvolunteers@AFI.com.


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