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Volunteer with Us!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Breckenridge Film Festival.

Our organization relies on the dedication of 250+ volunteers to produce our film festival as well as year round programming. You don’t need to be a pro.  Work along side our staff and be a part of the action!

The Breck Film Fest is more than just a film festival, it’s where community and culture collide. By volunteering for the Film Fest, you can make a direct impact on the arts in our town. Whether your forte is in reviewing films for consideration, planning events or interacting with the public, we can use your help. Please contact us today to use your talents to contribute to a growing and festive cultural event.

Questions? volunteer@breckfilmfest.org


Festival Volunteer Opportunities
(THESE OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE EACH SEPTEMBER)

Venue Volunteer

Your Impact:

As a member of the Venue Volunteer Corps, you will work in tandem with fellow volunteers to provide a fun and friendly environment focused on quick and efficient customer service in theater locations during the festival. Your duties will include Scanning, Ballot and Survey distribution and collection.

Estimated time commitment:

  • Attend one 2 - hour training session in September.
  • Register for at least two 4-hour ticketing shifts during the four-day September festival.

Benefits of this volunteer role:

  • Earn 1 screening voucher for each shift worked.
  • Work 2 shifts * receive 2 vouchers!
  • Work 3 shifts * receive 5 vouchers!
  • Beyond 40 hours of volunteering: Complimentary Peak 9 all-films access pass with optional party-pass upgrade for $50.

VIP Lounge Volunteer(s)

Your impact:

As VIP Lounge Volunteer, you create a fun and festive VIP Lounge environment that provides a welcoming place for filmmakers, sponsors and VIP festival guests throughout the festival. You will engage VIP Lounge guests in conversation; serve food and beverage as needed throughout the festival; and answer questions about schedules, ticketing, special events, key personnel and other pertinent information. You will connect with likeminded people in your 3-4 hour shifts while the VIP Lounge is in operation during the festival.

Estimated time commitment:

Being present for your shifts at the four-day September festival, Sept. 21-24, 2017.

Benefits of this volunteer role:

  • Earn 1 screening voucher for each shift worked.
  • Work 2 shifts * receive 2 vouchers!
  • Work 3 shifts * receive 5 vouchers!
  • Beyond 40 hours of volunteering: Complimentary Peak 9 all-films access pass with optional party-pass upgrade for $50.

Festival Shuttle Volunteer(s)

The Shuttle Volunteers direct festival guests to the Summit Express transportation shuttles that run between downtown Breckenridge and Colorado Mountain College for screenings at that venue.

Your impact:

As a Festival Shuttle Volunteer, you will be in the heart of downtown Breckenridge, helping direct festival guests to the Summit Express transportation shuttles that run between downtown Breckenridge and Colorado Mountain College for film screenings and/or Broken Compass Brewing for AfterHours events. You will be a critical part of the communication team by providing festival guests information about the shuttle services such as the route, times and pickup/drop-off locations, as well as CMC schedules and other pertinent information. You will connect with likeminded people during your 2-4 hour shifts while the CMC theater is in operation during the festival.

Estimated time commitment:

  • Being present for your shifts at the four-day September festival, Sept. 21-24, 2017.

Benefits of this volunteer role:

  • Earn 1 screening voucher for each shift worked.
  • Work 2 shifts * receive 2 vouchers!
  • Work 3 shifts * receive 5 vouchers!
  • Beyond 40 hours of volunteering: Complimentary Peak 9 all-films access pass with optional party-pass upgrade for $50.

Information Center Volunteers

Your impact:

As Information Center Volunteer, you will be based in the Blue River Plaza Information Tent. Volunteers apply their smile and customer service to organize and provide accurate festival information to guests, including pass holders, filmmakers and engage passersby in one of the town’s busiest locations. Information Center Volunteers are a critical part of the communication team, as they are the main source of information about schedules, ticketing, special events, key personnel and other pertinent festival information. Information Center Volunteers have fun with like-minded volunteers in the information dissemination effort.

Estimated time commitment:

  • Attend at least one of two schedule Information Center meetings ahead of the festival to gain familiarity with the festival.
  • Being present for your shifts at the four-day September festival, Sept. 21-24, 2017.

Benefits of this volunteer role:

  • Earn 1 screening voucher for each shift worked.
  • Work 2 shifts * receive 2 vouchers!
  • Work 3 shifts * receive 5 vouchers!
  • Beyond 40 hours of volunteering: Complimentary Peak 9 all-films access pass with optional party-pass upgrade for $50.

Festival Filmmaker Liaisons

Your impact:

Filmmaker Liaisons will create a fun and welcoming environment for filmmakers, which showcases the town, introduces them to fellow filmmakers, festival staff & board, and festival guests. Filmmaker Liaisons are critical members of the organizational team, communicating closely with the Liaison Coordinator and Leadership Team – all while having the unique opportunity to enjoy the company of filmmakers representing their films.

Specific duties include:

  • Ensuring filmmakers fulfill duties as an attending filmmaker throughout the festival, including being on stage to introduce films & filmmakers (according to a recommended festival script) and hosting a post-film Q&A session.
  • Ensure that the filmmaker signs the 2017 BFF Poster and has their photo taken in front of the BFF Step and Repeat banner.
  • Assist filmmaker to an on camera interview in the VIP Lounge with Ashley Kujawski and the Media Team.

Estimated time commitment:

  • Attend at least one scheduled Filmmaker Liaison training prior to the festival in August or September.
  • Be present throughout the festival as an asset to the filmmaker.
  • Be present during filmmaker’s scheduled screening at the festival.

Benefits of this volunteer role:

  • Complimentary Peak 10 all-access pass allowing you to attend all festival events with your filmmaker.


What’s in it for YOU? Swag? Perks? Parties?

  • Free Movie Passes (aka screening vouchers)

  • Earn 1 screening voucher for each shift worked.

  • Work 2 shifts * receive 2 vouchers!

  • Work 3 shifts * receive 5 vouchers!

Benefits:

  • Meet the filmmakers! Talk to the film community!

  • Become a part of the film community and patrons of the festival!

  • Fabulous opportunity, right?
    Now you’ll want to sign up and invite your friends, too!


Want to be a part of the festival in a deeper capacity?
Become a Lead Volunteer!

(THESE OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE YEAR-ROUND)

Application required. Submit letter of interest to info@breckfilmfest.org with Subject line: 'Volunteer Interest Letter'.

Talkback/Special Programs Coordinator

Your Impact:

As a member of our Lead Volunteer team, you use creativity and knowledge of media to develop and implement relevant forums and partner programs for festival goers and attending filmmakers. You'll work with the Programming Director to bring programming to life, the Technical Director to ensure quality presentation of Talkback Programs, and the Marketing Manager on promotions. Involves collaboration with attending filmmakers to establish forum topics, organize speakers and communicate event details. You help implement programs such as: Forums, High School Program, Teen Workshops, Film-Related Special Programs.

Estimated time commitment:

  • Approximately 5-10 hours/month leading up to the festival (July, August, September) for in-person meetings, updates, organization and communication, culminating in full presence during the annual September festival particularly during scheduled forums.
  • Suggested: Attendance at a few weekly operations meetings in July, August and September to gain working knowledge of festival operations.
  • Presence at the annual festival is required: Be present at all forums and special programming (or ensure volunteer presence is in place) to ensure all details are tended to before event kicks off.

Benefits of this volunteer role:

  • Complimentary Peak 10 all-access pass for yourself.

Sponsorship Activation & Signage Coordinator

Your Impact:

As a member of our Lead Volunteer team, you lend your creativity, organizational and communication skills to enhance the visibility of our sponsors throughout the four-day fall festival. This volunteer role utlitizes initiative and problem-solving to develop creative solutions to enhance sponsor signage and activation across all venues and the Blue River Plaza, enhancing visibility and recognition, while working with the Parties and Events Coordinator, Theater Managers, Transportation Coordinators and Operations Manager.

Estimated time commitment:

  • Approximately 10-15 hours/month leading up to the festival (July, August, September) for in-person meetings, updates, organization and communication, culminating in full presence during the annual September festival particularly during scheduled forums.
  • Suggested: Attendance at a few weekly operations meetings in July, August and September to gain working knowledge of festival operations.
  • Presence at the annual festival is required: Be present at sponsorship locations to ensure all details are tended to before event kicks off.

Benefits of this volunteer role:

  • Complimentary Peak 10 all-access pass for yourself.

Promotions Street Team

Your Impact:

Promotions Street Team members assist in hanging posters, rack cards and postcards in Summit County, neighboring mountain and Front Range communities prior to the fall festival, winter fundraiser and other events such as the monthly Summit Film Society.

  • Get some exercise! Be on call to walk one or two designated areas in Summit County at least once monthly to hang posters and distribute rack cards and postcards in strategic places for highest visible impact. You will sign up for one or more of the following areas: Silverthorne; Dillon/Keystone; Breckenridge; Frisco; Leadville; Alma/Fairplay; Steamboat; Vail/Eagle County; Buena Vista/Salida; Denver; Boulder; Fort Collins; Colorado Springs
  • Get social! Chat up our events with store owners and management so they can help spread the word about our awesome events!
  • Use your organization! Help festival leadership maintain accurate and up-to-date records of where to distribute posters, rack cards and postcards throughout the community.

Estimated time commitment:

  • A few hours per month, year-round.

Benefits of this volunteer role:

  • Your choice of 6 tickets to either the festival or Summit Film Society depending on your preference.

Parties & Events Coordinator

Your Impact:

As a member of our Lead Volunteer team, you lend your creativity, organizational and communication skills to connect filmmakers and guests during our in-fest social events. You work with the Operations Manager and Sponsorship Activation Coordinator (volunteer) to coordinate and enhance these intimate events through streamlining their organization, creative design, and recruiting a team to help deliver a quality experience during the festival.

Estimated time commitment:

  • A few hours in May and June to reach out and secure venue locations and open the dialogue about specific event details.
  • Approximately 5-10 hours/month leading up to the festival (July, August, September) for in-person meetings, updates, organization and communication, culminating in full presence during the annual September festival particularly during scheduled forums.
  • Suggested: Attendance at a few weekly operations meetings in July, August and September to gain working knowledge of festival operations.
  • Presence at the annual festival is required: Be present in advance of and at festival parties & events to ensure all details are tended to before event kicks off.

Benefits of this volunteer role:

  • Complimentary Peak 10 all-access pass for yourself.

Merchandise Coordinator

Your Impact:

As a member of our Lead Volunteer team, you lend your creativity to the merchandising process, developing ideas for products for sale and giveaway, as well as establishing an organized and inviting space that sells Breck Film Fest merchandise to festival attendees and community members. Work closely with the Executive Director and Marketing & Development Manager to help develop merchandise that gets festival goers excited about the Breck Film Fest and eager to share their experiences.

Estimated time commitment:

  • Approximately 5-7 hours/month leading up to the festival (July, August, September) for in-person meetings, updates, organization and communication, culminating in full presence during the annual September festival particularly during scheduled forums.
  • Suggested: Attendance at a few weekly operations meetings in July, August and September to gain working knowledge of festival operations.
  • Presence at the annual festival is required: Set up and run a merchandise booth staffed with your recruited volunteers.

Benefits of this volunteer role:

  • Complimentary Peak 10 all-access pass for yourself.

Awards Ceremony Coordinator

Your Impact:

As a member of our Lead Volunteer team, you showcase creative energy in planning, coordinating and executing a quality program at the annual Awards Ceremony, which highlights the successes of our filmmakers and engages festival goers during our Red Carpet Reel Awards Ceremony. You will:

  • Implement your initiative and problem-solving skills through creative solutions to bring programming to life, animate the event and recognize our sponsors effectively.
  • With festival leadership, recruit additional Award Presenters beyond paid Award Sponsors.
  • Have fun with the evening host and Award Sponsors as you practice for the main event at a scheduled rehearsal time during the festival.
  • Obtain a list of award winners from Programming Director, taking the lead on ordering and creating awards to be presented at the event.
  • Coordinate with the Sponsorship Coordinator to ensure all relevant sponsor banners, logos and signage are present at the event.
  • Get the word out for this Red Carpet event alongside the Marketing & Development Manager.
  • Exert creative energy and attention to detail to overseeing and verifying digital component creation, as well as the A/V choreography with event plan and category winners with the Technical Director.

Estimated time commitment:

  • Approximately 10 hours/month leading up to the festival (July, August, September) for in-person meetings, updates, organization and communication, culminating in full presence during the annual September festival particularly during scheduled forums.
  • Suggested: Attendance at a few weekly operations meetings in July, August and September to gain working knowledge of festival operations.
  • Presence at the annual festival is required: Be present on Saturday of the festival to run a rehearsal with tech and presenters, and to oversee the evening event.

Benefits of this volunteer role:

  • Complimentary Peak 10 all-access pass for yourself.

VIP Special Guest Coordinator

Your Impact:

As a member of our Lead Volunteer team, you are an important link between the festival and its Red Carpet industry guests! The VIP Special Guest Coordinator helps coordinate festival VIPs from lodging to itineraries to greeting and welcoming them into the festival. You will:

  • Be a critical part of the organizational team, communicating closely with the Executive Director, Assistant Director and Programming Director.
  • Grow your skills of time-management and communicating to run a smooth-operating VIP management system including travel, lodging, itineraries, gifts, welcome bags, festival liaisons, etc.
  • Implement your initiative and problem-solving skills through creative solutions to enhance guest experiences and build positive relationships within the industry.
  • Work with Lodging Coordinator and Executive Director to ensure complimentary lodging for special guests.
  • The VIP Special Guest Coordinator maintains detailed records of all elements of a VIP Special Guest’s stay.

Estimated time commitment:

  • Approximately 10 hours/month leading up to the festival (July, August, September) for in-person meetings, updates, organization and communication, culminating in full presence during the annual September festival particularly during scheduled forums.
  • Suggested: Attendance at a few weekly operations meetings in July, August and September to gain working knowledge of festival operations.
  • Presence at the annual festival is required.

Benefits of this volunteer role:

  • Complimentary Peak 10 all-access pass for yourself.

Website Coordinator

Your Impact:

As a member of our Lead Volunteer team, you will be providing guests and filmmakers the most up-to-date information on our website. The Website Coordinator creates an inviting digital environment for guests and makes timely and accurate web updates throughout the year to promote guest interaction and involvement. You will:

  • Further the festival’s outward impact on guests through our website.
  • Help grow the Breck Film Fest constituencies: filmmakers, guests, volunteers and donors through our digital presence.
  • Apply creativity and a commitment to details by posting upcoming festival scheduled events.
  • Ensure guest access to updated and accurate information on year-round programs (Summit Film Society, Film Around Town, Filmmaker of the Month and other programs) by keeping a calendar tickler to remind staff, as well as monitoring a festival email address on a weekly basis, and accepting phone calls from festival team members for more urgent website updates.
  • Learn SquareSpace basic editing using how-to written and video how-to tutorials provided by our web designer. Occasionally reach out to web designer or online videos to obtain help with new tasks.

Estimated time commitment:

  • Approximately 10 hours monthly, year-round, to monitor email and make website adjustments.
  • An additional 10-20 hours/month leading up to the festival (August, September) to post full festival schedule and make promotional tweaks.
  • Suggested: Attendance at a few weekly operations meetings in July, August and September to gain working knowledge of festival operations.

Benefits of this volunteer role:

  • Complimentary Peak 10 all-access pass for yourself.

Internship Coordinator

Your Impact:

As a member of our Lead Volunteer team, you help the next generation of artists gain experience in the film festival field through internships. You will:

  • identify internship opportunities, help formalize the program, and assist with recruitment and outreach.
  • Implement your initiative and problem-solving skills through creative solutions to intern needs and timeframes – thinking through summer availability and a fall festival.
  • Exercise your communication by establishing an ongoing outreach list with universities, professors, Facebook industry pages, position listings and more to enhance the pool of applicants.
  • Empower recruited interns to grow their experience by acting as intern host during their time with Breck Film Fest.
  • Apply creativity and effective communication to ensure interns understand their role, and help them move forward on various projects through regular check-ins. Work closely with festival leadership to establish clear duties ahead of time.
  • Help give interns the experience of a lifetime by working with local supporters to identify potential accommodations for out-of-town interns.
  • Further an intern's experience by connecting them with a local liaison to foster their authentic mountain environment experience.

Estimated time commitment:

  • Approximately 3-6 hours/month, year-round.
  • Suggested: Attendance at a few weekly operations meetings in fall and winter to gain working knowledge of festival operations and needs.

Benefits of this volunteer role:

  • Complimentary Peak 10 all-access pass for yourself.

Liaison Coordinator (filled)

Your Impact:

As a member of our Lead Volunteer team, you get social with our festival volunteers and filmmakers while bringing organization and communication to the table. You will work with the Programming Director, Lodging Coordinator and others to create an organized and inviting environment for attending filmmakers to connect with each other and the local community while showing off all that Breckenridge has to offer. You will:

  • Help grow the Breck Film Fest volunteer base through recruitment and basic screening methods to create a fun environment for folks to serve their community as well as a safe environment in which to serve filmmakers.
  • Empower recruited volunteer liaisons to act as informational resources for filmmakers throughout the festival (eg. acting as festival host to corral them to filmmaker-specific events, attendance at screenings and Q&As, and suggesting activities while in Breck)
  • Apply creativity and effective communication to ensure volunteers understand their role through clear communication (using a variety of methods, including emails, phone calls and scheduled training). Work closely with festival leadership to establish clear duties (such as scheduling a filmmaker introduction, making introductions at screenings, etc).

Estimated time commitment:

  • A few hours beginning in June to get familiar with selected films and filmmakers.
  • Approximately 10 hours/month leading up to the festival (July, August, September) for in-person meetings, updates, organization and communication, culminating in full presence during the annual September festival particularly during scheduled forums.
  • Suggested: Attendance at a few weekly operations meetings in July, August and September to gain working knowledge of festival operations.
  • Presence at the annual festival is required: Be present to assist liaisons in welcoming filmmakers and checking in on fulfillment. May require filling in for liaison absences.

Benefits of this volunteer role:

  • Complimentary Peak 10 all-access pass for yourself.


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