CALL FOR Volunteers for the 2017 Festival Season

The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF), now in its 7th year is putting out a call for Volunteers that can assist the organizers with Pre-Festival and Festival needs. Indeed, a film festival is fun to produce, but we can't do it all ourselves; we need YOU to have a successful festival.

The Festival will take place at the Arlington Capitol Theatre from October 26-29. If you resonate with our mission, to foster an appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film and you have any of the following skill sets, we would love to hear from you.


1)  Website Maintenance Administrator:

We have several events during the year and the calendar needs to be kept up-to-date. The largest project is posting the program in mid-September with dates, synopsis, and trailers.

2)  Social Media Administrator:

Provided with a calendar and posts, we need to have an active presence leading up to the Festival as well as during the Festival featuring film screenings, directors, and panel discussions.


FESTIVAL Positions (October 26-29):

1)  Volunteer Coordinator: Working with our volunteer pool, assign shifts with Captains and Assistants. Training prior to the Festival is imperative for a smooth operation which includes point of sale system (Square).

2) Set-up/Tear-down Team: Essential part of the festival; setting up a table in the lobby with merchandise, festival passes, stanchions to indicate the area for the lineup, step & repeat for interviews and filming, chairs for panel discussions and microphones readied.

3) Captains/Assistants/Floaters: We need a Captain for each shift and Assistants to help with those picking-up pre-paid Festival Passes, selling Festival Passes, selling AIFF canvas bags, receiving Directors and Special Guests, filmmakers, and media. Managing the waistline in the lobby for next film attendees; assisting with panel discussions, mic-runners; assisting with the receptions that happen off-site in the neighborhood following a screening; assisting with Opening Night direction to after-party; assisting with the reception for High School Filmmaker’s Reception following the program screening. Floaters are always needed on each shift to help with the unforeseen.  

4) Greeters: Will be outside the Theater at the ticket window to assist patrons coming to the Festival either with purchasing tickets or picking-up Passes.

5) Ushers: Ushers will greet people at the door of the theater (after Capitol Staff has taken tickets), offering a program and assistance to their seats.

6) Photographers: Opening Night, panel discussions, Q&A’s and general coverage of the entire event.

7) Videographer Assistants: To assist the videographer with interviews, panel discussions and Q&A’s. 

PASSIONATE about independent film and want to volunteer with AIFF, please contact us at