BECOME A VOLUNTEER
Big Dreams & Silver Screens & Westfield International Film Festival are exclusively run by a team of dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers give countless hours of time to make our events possible. Most are film-lovers or filmmakers themselves and are passionate about sharing the world of film with others.
Interested in becoming a volunteer?
Be a part of the team!
We are looking for people with an interest in film, event planning, marketing, the entertainment industry, or anyone looking to get involved in a local community event!
Contact us and we can find a role for you!
All volunteers will receive an All-Access Volunteer Badge, free staff t-shirt, and will gain all-access to all film screenings, seminars and after-parties at all of this year's events!
Volunteer Roles for Pre-Events:
Street Team (currently open) - We need local volunteers to help promote our events at Westfield town events, distribute flyers or posters around the local surrounding towns such as Westfield, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Clark, etc. This is a great opportunity for students seeking easy volunteer hours for school!
Film Screening Committee - We need reliable and trusted team members to help assist with screening the hundreds of film submissions we receive each year. Over a span of over a month, members will be given private access to the films and a detailed rating rubric to score them and share notes. Films with the highest scores will be considered Semi-Finalists to be reviewed by the WIFF Festival Directors. Film-related experience, reviewing/writing experience, or a knack for analyzing and critiquing movies is a must!
Marketing / Social Media - We need help spreading the word about the festival! Possible responsibilities include:
Aid in researching marketing outlets.
Assist with social media marketing by consistently posting to WIFF's social media sites.
Post to filmmaker, actor, artist blogs, forums, websites, etc.
Help write press releases & media alerts.
You can also do your part by sharing our Facebook posts on your own Facebook. Word of mouth is our best form of advertisement!
Volunteer Roles for Events:
Ticketing - We will need friendly & trustworthy volunteers to help check-in guests & collect/sell tickets. Volunteer will be provided an iPad with the EventBrite app, which will be used to collect cash and swipe credit cards. Money-management skills a must.
Merchandise Table - We will need trustworthy volunteers to help us sell our branded merchandise inside the venue. This table will also serve as the check-in table for volunteers & filmmakers. Money-management skills a must.
Usher - For each film block, ushers will pass out programs, check tickets, help guests find seats, & help manage guest traffic.
Greeter - Before & in-between film blocks, friendly volunteers will greet guests at the front entrance. The venue will get a lot of pedestrian foot traffic passing by, so we need volunteers to help foster interest in the event and answer questions. If you are a people-person, this role is for you!
Floater - Floaters will be asked to help wherever needed. This may include providing relief to another volunteer, helping manage lines and keep order, giving guests directions/information, help with set-up/breakdown for red carpet parties, etc.
Social Media Manager - A social-media-savvy volunteer will be in charge of taking/posting photos on Facebook/Instagram and live-tweeting on Twitter during the event from the festival's official social media accounts. Looking for someone who is active on social media, is comfortable with hashtags / tagging / checking in, and can write engaging captions. Volunteer may be provided a tablet to use, or if not available, may be asked to use their own smartphone to connect to the venue's WiFi.
Red Carpet Host - Red Carpet Hosts will interview filmmakers and guests on the red carpet in front of our backdrop. For interviewing selected filmmakers, volunteer will be provided their films to watch in advance to ask the filmmaker specific questions questions. Volunteer will partner with a separate Videographer to film the interviews. For examples of our past interviews, visit our Vimeo page www.vimeo.com/wiff. If you enjoy interacting with new people and being on-camera, this might just be the spot for you! Acting/Hosting/Improv experience preferred.
Videographer - Videographer will be asked to film moments from different aspects of the festival (i.e. Screenings, Seminars, Networking, Q&A, Red Carpet). It is preferred that the Videographer provide their own camera (we may have other video equipment available if needed.) WIFF will credit all published video clips to Videographer and link to their website if available. For examples of our past interviews & promotional videos, visit our Vimeo page www.vimeo.com/wiff. Videography experience preferred - please send samples of past work if possible.
Photographer - Photographer will be asked to shoot moments from different aspects throughout the festival (i.e. Screenings, Seminars, Networking, Q&A, Red Carpet). Photographer must provide their own camera, and camera must be a DSLR. WIFF will credit all published photos to photographer and link to their website if available. Photography experience preferred - please send samples of past work if possible.
Red Carpet Manager - We will need an outgoing and organized volunteer to supervise and manage the activity on the red carpet. There will be interviews and photo taking occurring during our Red Carpet Parties and between film screenings. This volunteer will manage the flow of traffic on the red carpet, keep time spent on it concise, identify V.I.P guests and filmmakers (wearing VIP / Filmmaker badges) to usher them to the red carpet for interviews, and partner with the Videographer assigned to red carpet to get the shots and footage we need.
Director's Assistant - This position reports directly to the Festival Directors. The ideal candidate is eager to learn about the behind-the-scenes of organizing a festival. The director's assistant will have various responsibilities prior to and during the festival event at the directors' discretion. This may include assisting in event-planning, scheduling, running errands, and coordinating special guests.
THANK YOU TO OUR PAST VOLUNTEERS!
Special thanks to our volunteers for their time and effort in helping us through the years!
For full list of staff and volunteers, visit our Team Members page.