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Volunteer with The Wisconsin Film Festival | April 9 - 16, 2015
Our 2015 Wisconsin Film Festival Volunteer Registration is now closed. If you've already registered with us, please find all your questions below and thank you for volunteering!
Throughout the years we have been fortunate to have the best volunteers we could possibly ask for. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, ranging from students to retirees. In turn we try to provide a positive, respectful, and friendly environment for people who support film and want to help facilitate exciting events that celebrate cinema. Qualified volunteers enjoy working with the public, understand the importance of being reliable, and have a love for film.
The Wisconsin Film Festival is pleased to reward our volunteers with vouchers that are redeemable for Festival tickets. For every shift you volunteer, you will receive two vouchers. One voucher equals one ticket. Shifts are roughly four hours long and we encourage our volunteers to sign up for three or more shifts.
We look forward to working with you soon! If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to email us at email@example.com or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Bernadette Watts, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. WISCONSIN FILM FESTIVAL INTRODUCTION
We will be hosting two Volunteer Meetings this year. The first will take place at Union South's Marquee on Sunday, March 8th, 2015 at 12pm. We understand that your lives are busy and March can be madness but we strongly advise attending the first Volunteer Meeting which will act as an Introduction to the Wisconsin Film Festival. You will learn all about our volunteer teams and how to sign up for them on Shiftboard. You will meet our staff and have the opportunity to ask all of your questions. For those of you who may have trouble navigating Shiftboard, after the meeting we'll have computers onsite and staff waiting to help you sign up for shifts.
2. VENUE SPECIFIC TRAINING SESSIONS
You are required to attend one of the Training Sessions listed above. The location of the Venue Training Session you choose should correspond to the location you've decided to volunteer at. If all of your shifts are at Sundance, you are required to attend the Sundance Training Session on Wednesday, April 8th. If you are planning to pick up shifts at multiple locations, please stay informed by attending the trainings that you're able to. Training Sessions should run about 45 minutes. Venue Managers and Leads will take you through the different volunteer roles and you'll become familiar with your venue's particularities. You'll also receive your beautiful volunteer t-shirt and badge! RSVP instructions for your Training Session will be given at the March 8th Volunteer Meeting.
We require attendance to Volunteer Meetings as they are incredibly important to ensure proper training. We sincerely hope to not waste your time and instead aim to make these meetings entertaining, educational and brief. We also understand that emergencies come up. If you have good reason to skip a meeting, please email email@example.com to arrange for your t-shirt & badge pick-up and to get up to speed on all your unanswered questions.
*Theater Leads are asked to sign up for 4+ shifts. Previous Wisconsin Film Festival experience is strongly suggested for these roles.
Special Events Crew
We ask that our volunteers commit to 3 shifts, roughly 12 hours in length. As a thank you for playing an incredibly important role in the Wisconsin Film Festival tradition and you are awarded vouchers to see movies, you'll have the opportunity to meet filmmakers, and learn how a festival works behind the scenes.
Volunteering is also a great way to connect with other volunteers and community members who share your passion for great film.
Upon completing each shift you will receive two volunteer vouchers that you can exchange for tickets. Vouchers can be exchanged for WFF 2015 tickets online or at the Box Office.
For screenings that have gone to "rush" (or have been sold out of advanced tickets for purchase) vouchers may be used as cash in the standby line. After ticket holders are let in, rush is ushered in until the theater reaches capacity.
The Wisconsin Film Festival is a public program of the UW Arts Institute, a nonprofit, tax-exempt unit of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To successfully accomplish our mission of educational outreach, support for independent filmmakers, and service to the community, we ask volunteers to commit to the following:
Please note that acceptance of your application makes you an official volunteer and that you will be covered by the State's liability protection program so long as you perform your duties within the scope of the description provided above. Since volunteers are not covered by the state's worker compensation program, however, you are encouraged to maintain your own health insurance. If you should be injured during the course of your volunteer activities and the injury results from the negligence of a University employee or agent, you would have the legal rights to seek compensation from the negligent party or property owner.