Volunteer

The 18th Annual Film Festival -September 15, 16 and 17, 2017
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 2016 Port Townsend Film Festival volunteer page.
My name is Kendra Golden and I am pleased to be returning for my 6th year as Volunteer Coordinator with PTFF.
Each year almost 300 volunteers step up to help, logging in approximately 10,000 volunteer hours in total.
What does volunteering involve? Is it the right fit for you? If you like to meet new people and are willing to work collaboratively to present one of Port Townsend's great community events, then this Festival could be for you.
You’ll join a diverse group of people brought together by their shared love of film and its potential to entertain, enlighten and stir up new thoughts. We offer year-round volunteer opportunities, but most of you will do your volunteering during the Festival, a fantastic weekend celebration of independent film and filmmakers, September 23-25.

What are the volunteer opportunities?

Movie Venues: Would you like to be a theatre manager, assistant manager, crowdliaison, or usher at one of our eight movie venues? Help manage lines, punch tickets, greet folks, answer questions and just generally make the venue run smoothly.

Hospitality, Pass Purchase and Concierge Services: Hospitality opens prior to the festival on Thursday and runs through Sunday. Help manage the venue 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.

Merchandise and Concessions: Help sell hats, t-shirts, jackets, posters, candy, and other cool stuff in various locations.

Festival Alcoholic Beverage Concessions: Two venues serve 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, as well as other events. Festival work starts on Mon., Sept. 19 and runs through Mon, Sept. 26. 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 the trash each night.

Parties and More: Special events such as Dinner in the Street, venues such as the Filmmakers' Lounge, and parties, including the Filmmakers' Reception and the Awards event all need enthusiastic volunteers. Help with planning, set-up, serving, and break down. Or manage one of these events.

Office: Answer phones, meet new people, sell tickets, and problem solve…all while having way more fun than you would expect in an office. A few dedicated, pro-active, volunteers are needed, especially June through September.

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.

Transportation & Guest Services:

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.

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 movies.

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, 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.
• Work fewer than 18 hours and earn individual vouchers to see movies (7-11 hours = 2 vouchers,
12-17 hours = 4 vouchers.

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 much complete the Volunteer Application and attend the general training session, to be held on Sunday, Sept 18 from 3-5pm. This year we are also planning to hold venue specific trainings so that you can become familiar with the needs at the specific venue where you will be working. This change is coming as a result of feedback from the volunteer surveys last year. I will send notice of those dates later this summer. If you have any questions, please email kendra@ptfilmfest.com or call Kendra Golden at 360-379-6904.

Thanks for all your support!