Volunteering at the festival
The festival is growing and we need more and more people who want to help make it better. When you volunteer, you not only help strengthen the festival – you also become a part of one of the awesomest work groups there is. And all you need to do to make it happen is email Johan at firstname.lastname@example.org, and he’ll tell you when the next volunteer meeting is!
Internationally, LIFFF has a reputation of being one of the most inviting and sociable genre film festivals and it’s our goal to expand that reputation. Now we’re looking for new cool people who want to work with us.
We offer a variety of activities and the workload and schedule depends entirely on which post you get and your own preferences. If you’re up for it, there’s work to be done all year, but the time we need the most people is right before and during the festival week. All volunteers get free entrance to the films insofar as there are available seats, and are welcome to our parties and events. Volunteers who work long shifts are treated to dinner at one of our partner restaurants. Apart from that, volunteer work is one of the finest merits you can put on your CV, since it’s a clear sign to schools and employers that you are both dedicated and reliable.
But above all, all volunteers are rewarded with tons of gratitude, love and amazing karma – and of course that warm, fuzzy feeling you get inside when you realise that you were a part of making something truly fantastic.
So how can I help, I hear you ask?
Sponsor hunter – Do you enjoy calling strangers? Are you great at persuading people? We need one person who can sell ads in the catalogue to non-suspecting companies and get us some good deals. This position needs to be filled as soon as possible and goes on until the catalogue deadline 31 July.
The PR group – just as urgently, we need people who like to be on the move, who can help us by putting up posters and handing out flyers for our previews. The PR group is one of our most important methods of reaching and expanding our audience. Before and during the festival, we will need to put posters, catalogues and mini-programs all over the place. You will also be spreading the good word in person, so applicants shouldn’t be afraid of talking to new people.
Events – Party planners and serving personnel are needed for our event team! You will, among other things, put into order and decorate our party venues and the VIP lounge, and serve beverages and snacks at the parties (mainly the opening and closing parties, but there might be more).
Hospitality – Hosts for our international guests. Adopt your very own director for a few days, feed it, show it around and drink beer with it. You need to be punctual, constantly available to your guest (sometimes they get lost or need assistance), and very reliable.
Tickets – The cinema hosts check that everyone has tickets, as well as hand out and collect the voting cards. They have to be present during and after the film – and in the meantime they can step into the theatre and watch the movie if there’s room, or just, you know, have a coffee or something.
Box office – The instructions are fairly straightforward, you sell tickets and merchandise and inform people about the films and the festival. Since you’re often the first person our audience meets from “our side”, it’s important that you’re friendly, outgoing and up-to-date on our program! Smiling is encouraged.
Drivers – Chauffeurs are needed to drive our guests and their hosts back and forth to Copenhagen Airport and to get beverages, decorations and people to and from parties and suchlike. The festival provides the cars, so all you need is a driving licence (and being able to drive, which isn’t really the same thing).
Bloggers – Are you good at writing? Are you curious, productive and have time to spare? We’re looking for a few dedicated, autonomous people who want to blog actively for us. Watch films, see Q&As, talk to our guests and audience and write. You should be able to write perfectly in English as well as Swedish, but if you really want to do this and don’t know a word of Swedish, we can probably find someone who can translate your texts.
Photographers – We are always looking for good photographers who can document the festival in pictures! BIY camera.
Vloggers – For the 2012 festival, we want to start a video blog. If you have access to an HD camera and adequate sound equipment, and know how to use it, you’re very welcome to sign up! Since this is the first year we do it, you set the bar!