Volunteer

The 19th Annual Film Festival -September 21, 22 and 23, 2018
Click HERE (after reading the helpful information below) for your volunteer application. Please use proper capitalization/spelling, i.e. Tom not tom, Port Townsend not PT, accurately enter your email so it doesn’t bounce).

Welcome to the 2017 Port Townsend Film Festival volunteer page.

Kendra and RobertMy name is Kendra Golden and I am pleased to be returning for my 7th year as Volunteer Coordinator with PTFF. I do this work as a volunteer so I understand what it means to contribute your time and talent to PTFF.

Each year about 300 volunteers join both to meet new people and work collaboratively on one of Port Townsend's greatest community events! For some it is also the chance to try out leadership skills as the manager of a venue. We are all brought together by a shared love of film and its potential to entertain, enlighten and stir up new thoughts.

What are the volunteer opportunities?

Movie Venues: We need theatre managers, assistant managers, crowd liaisons, and ushers at our eight movie venues. The majority of volunteers work in this area helping to manage lines, punch tickets, greet folks, answer questions and just generally make the venue run smoothly. .

Hospitality, Pass Purchase and Concierge Services: Pass Purchase and Concierge Services: Hospitality located in the Northwind Arts Center opens prior to the festival on Thursday and runs through Sunday. Work in the center one of the days, hand out pre-sold passes, check in volunteers, sell passes (we train you on use of credit card machines), greet guests and introduce them to PTFF and Port Townsend while providing excellent customer service.

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Merchandise and Grilled Cheese Concession: Help sell hats, t-shirts, and filmmaker merchandise in our Hospitality Center. Or help at our outdoor grilled cheese stand, located on the plaza near the big Salish Circle sculpture, making and selling delicious sandwiches using Pane d’Amore bread.

Festival Alcoholic Beverage Concessions: There is a wine and beer garden on Taylor Street and a bar on the Dock serving mixed drinks and other beverages. You must be over 21 to volunteer as bartenders and assistants.

Event Crew: Help set up for the festival and take down after. Festival work starts on Mon. Sept. 11 and runs through Mon, Sept. 18. You will need work gloves, a sense of humor, and if you have a truck, even better. Some of the work requires a strong back. We also need people to pick up trash each night.

Parties and More: Special events such as Dinner on Taylor Street, the Filmmakers' Reception and the Awards Party all need enthusiastic volunteers. The Filmmakers Lounge provides a quiet space for our filmmaker guests. Help with planning, set-up, serving, and break down. Or manage one of these events.

Transportation & Guest Services: Can you pick up filmmakers at the airport, drive to the ferry? Provide accommodations? Help manage transportation, hospitality and more. The goal is to make our guests (last year we hosted 60 filmmakers) feel more like family than visitors.

Data Entry/Computer skills: There are some opportunities for data entry, including survey work, volunteer info, and ballot tabulation. Requires comfort with software tools. Assist the Volunteer Manager and/or office staff!

PTFF Tech Support: Calling all geeks! Do you have computer skills and an interest in doing projection work during the festival? This could be a grand way for you to join the crew. We provide training.

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2017 Volunteer Rewards

First and foremost, you share in making PTFF a beloved part of our cultural landscape. Second, you will have fun and make new friends. But there is more:

By volunteering you become a member of the PTFF for one year. All volunteers earn a pass to see movies during the Festival (described below) and a Membership Card. The Membership Card will get you advance notice for special events, and discounts with Proud Partners like The Rose Theatre for First Tuesday Salon and Pane d' Amore for bakery bread purchases (card must be present). And, the best benefit of all is the year-round use of our unique film library.

Earn a pass to the Festival films.

Only you can decide how many hours you have to give. But as an incentive you will earn a pass or more than one pass, depending on the hours you work.

Work 18 hours or more and earn a Six Pack, this is a shareable pass good for 6 movies.
Work 36 hours or more and earn a second Six Pack, good for 12 movies.
Be a Manager and earn Angel Wings and a Full Festival Pass, the highest level a volunteer can earn. This gives you access to all the films during the festival.v
Work fewer than 18 hours and earn One Passes as follows (7-11 hours = 2 passes, 12-17 hours = 4 passes).

Hours worked before and during the festival week will be combined toward your total. Volunteers who work more than 50 hours may donate those hours toward pass scholarships for students.

All new and returning volunteers must complete the Volunteer Application. (See top of this page for the link.) There will be three “Sign Up” events in the PTFF office in August, dates to come. There will be a general training session on Sunday, Sept 10 from 3-5pm at the American Legion. We will also hold venue specific trainings in the office so that you can become familiar with the needs at the venue(s) where you will be working. Reminders will be sent via email. If you have any questions, please email kendra@ptfilmfest.com or call Kendra Golden at 360-379-6904. Thanks for all your support!

Thanks for all your support!