HOW TO SIGN UP!
To fill out an application to volunteer CLICK HERE, or call 612.331.7563 (M-F, 10am-6pm) and ask to speak with our Volunteer Managers.
Are you a high school student interested in volunteering during MSPIFF? Apply to be a Youth Jury member! CLICK HERE to find out more.
Make your own schedule! The MSPIFF volunteer program uses the web-based scheduling system, Volgistics.
Log on to Volgistics, our volunteer management system, in order to:
- Sign up for shifts
- Check and update your schedule
- Receive volunteer updates
- Update your contact information
- View your service history
Volunteers can login by clicking HERE.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about Volgistics.
We are super grateful for the time and energy you contribute to MSPIFF, and appreciate all you do! While you will forever have our endless thanks, we realize that we need to recognize (in a tangible way) the incredible support provided by our fabulous community of volunteers!
- Tickets! For every shift volunteered, you will receive a ticket voucher that maybe redeemed at the Box Office for a ticket to any Regular film festival screening, or one ticket to any Best of Fest screening
- Film Society Membership! Any volunteer who contributes 15 hours total over the course of the Festival, will receive a complimentary One Year Individual Membership to the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul.
- Volunteer Party and Screening! Every Volunteer who completes at least one scheduled Volunteer shift and who has not been recorded as a No-Show for any shift will be invited to an exclusive staff and volunteer party and screening. This is a by invitation only party celebrating the success of another great Festival! Specific details are kept top secret until you receive the invitation.
WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO?
Volunteers are broken down into teams, with varying responsibilities. You’re welcome to join just one or many of the teams based on your interests.
About: Lead Volunteers coordinate the volunteer team on their shift, and is one who communicates between the Venue Managers and Operations Staff, and the volunteer team. They are often in charge of Ticket Holder Lines, but responsibilities vary by shift and by venue.
Responsibilities: Manage a shift of volunteers, assist with volunteer check-in and check-out, answer volunteer questions and provide general team leadership, maintain effective communications between staff and the volunteer team.
Qualifications: Previous volunteer experience at MSPIFF, or another major public event. Organized person able to lead, delegate and work one-to-one with volunteers, and to manage a volunteer team. Patience and flexibility are important qualities.
THEATER OPERATIONS TEAM
About: Theatre Operations Volunteers are the front lines of the Festival, and represent the heart of MSPIFF. For many of the festival guests, you will be the first face they see. Lead Volunteers and Venue Managers will instruct you where you will be most efficient.
Responsibilities: Answering general questions about the venues, maintain a friendly and welcoming demeanor, check tickets, hand out ballots, usher, control traffic flow, assist with line management, and many other tasks
GUEST SERVICES TEAM
About: Help coordinate the visits of more than 150 visiting filmmakers and special guests. Assist in the hospitality lounge that serves the festival filmmakers, industry guests and passholders.
Responsibilities: Check guests into the lounge; set out and replenish food trays; maintain a clean environment; answer guest questions.
Please note: Networking is not allowed during your assigned shift. Volunteers are asked to bring a smile, a helpful attitude and an awareness of when and when not to engage with guests in the suite.
About: Do you enjoy interesting conversations with interesting people? Want some one-on-one time with filmmakers from around the world? Join the Transportation Team!
Responsibilities: Filmmaker pick up at the MSP Airport; transport filmmakers and industry guests around the Twin Cities area.
Please note: Volunteers must be at least 25 years old and have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. The Transportation Team uses donated vehicles, but from time to time, personal vehicles may be required. The Transportation Team is an excellent opportunity to meet fascinating people. However, it is important for volunteers to have an awareness of when passengers want to engage in conversation and when they do not.
About: Be in the theater while the movie is going on! Moviegoer Volunteers help maintain our top quality exhibition standards, and assist with ushering guests to and from their seats.
Responsibilities: Watch for exhibition issues and inform the Venue Managers if an issue arises; Use a flashlight to assist patrons find seats; light the way when someone enters or exits the theater.
About: Do you like to walk? Do you like to get to know area businesses? Then the Street Team is an excellent place to volunteer!
Responsibilities: Distribute posters and rack cards to area businesses.
Please note: Area businesses love MSPIFF because the festivals bring revenue to the community so frequently business owners are waiting excitedly for the festival promotional materials. Volunteers are given specific block area maps for downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Volunteers can take a many or as few promotional materials as they want to take. All help is appreciated!
About: Office Volunteers ensure that the Festival as a whole runs smoothly. This position is perfect for volunteers with exceptional administrative and communications skills, are highly organized, adaptable and self-starters.
Responsibilities: Ballot-counting, answering phones, assisting with programming needs, helping sign in and out other volunteers, fulfilling industry and press accreditations, and more.
About: Filmmakers travel from all over the world to attend the festivals and sometimes there is a need for interpreters for visiting guests.
Responsibilities: Provide translation during Q&As following screenings; interpret for filmmakers attending events or media interviews.
About: We always need last-minute volunteers to help in all areas of the festival. Flex volunteers are the standby crew that may be assigned to nearly any area of the festival when needs arise.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:
Volunteer for the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival as a member of the Youth Jury this April!
About: Watch films made by your peers from Twin Cities Youth Media Network (including media-making teens from Intermedia Arts, Institute of Production and Recording, Migizi Communications, The Center for International Education, Perpich Center for Arts Education, Twin Cities Public Television, and Walker Art Center Teen Programs). Five Youth Jury members will be selected to represent a range of perspectives, based on applicants’ passion for film and storytelling media, authentic voice, and commitment. Media experience a plus, but not required.
Responsibilities: Jury members will meet and select recipients for two awards in the Youth Film category (films produced by Youth): the Youth Award Certificate for Excellence in Youth Films and The Youth Jury Favorite Film Award, presented to a Youth Filmmaker.
Jury applicants CLICK HERE to apply.
The MSPIFF Youth Jury for Youth Films is reserved for students between the ages 15-18. Jury Application deadline is March 16 at 5pm. All applicants will be notified on March 21.