Each year the Little Rock Film Festival brings together a dedicated team of Volunteers to help ensure festival patrons and guests have the best film-going experience possible. In exchange, Volunteers receive passes to all films, parties, special events and panel discussions, and gain an exclusive, hands-on, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the festival in action. We are very grateful for the considerable contributions made by our Volunteers and know that we could not present the festival without their hard work and dedication. Over 100 Volunteers dedicate their time to help make the Little Rock Film Festival a success for independent films during the spring in downtown Little Rock. They are a great contribution to the festival and the community. There is an excitement and energy in running the many events, panels, and screenings at the Little Rock Film Festival. As we grow each year, we are always in need of enthusiastic and hardworking Volunteers to be part of the Little Rock Film Festival.
The Volunteer Experience:
- Volunteers will have a rewarding experience while being treated with courtesy and respect.
- Although Volunteers will work hard they can expect to have fun.
- Volunteer shifts run approximately 4-6 hours.
- Volunteers get a behind-the-scenes look at how a festival is run and learn more about the entertainment business and film industry.
- Work with a team of professionals that enjoy movies just as much as Volunteers do.
- Volunteers make new friends and connections.
- Volunteers have the opportunity to view films before they are released (as well as some that may never be released).
Little Rock Film Festivals Expectations of Volunteers:
- Be very visible and a “frontline” part of the Little Rock Film Festival team.
- Behave in a highly professional manner at all times while on duty, especially in the presence of guests, filmmakers and festival sponsors.
- Arrive for scheduled shift on time, dressed appropriately, and ready to work.
- Abide by the rules of conduct both on and off-duty. Remember, Volunteers officially represent the Festival.
- Become familiar with the information in the Festival Program.
- Treat everyone with respect – friendliness. A smile can often make someone’s day.
- Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for any schedule or shift changes.
- Work assigned schedule, but allow time to enjoy the Festival.
FAQ I’ve submitted my volunteer application – what happens next?
You’ll receive an email confirming that your application is in the system, and listing the shifts you indicated you were available for.
This does not mean you have been successfully chosen as a LRFF volunteer – it simply confirms that your application has been received.
When will I know if my application is successful?
LRFF will be in contact mid-April to inform you if we would like you to be a volunteer at this year’s festival.
Please be aware we have hundreds of applications each year – more than the positions we have to fill. If you are unsuccessful, please do not be discouraged from applying for positions with our Sister Festivals.
What if my availability changes before the Festival starts?
You will be able to login to your account on our volunteer site to confirm on change your availability as soon as you know that you need to change your schedule.
What type of jobs will I be doing as a volunteer?
Every year we need more than 300 volunteers to work during the LRFF you will be assigned when and where you talents will be put to the best use.
How long is each volunteer shift?
The average shift is approximately four to five hours long. The length of the shifts will depend on a few things, including the tasks and duties of the different volunteer positions, the screening schedule, and the audience numbers for different sessions and so on.
What should I wear when I’m volunteering?
You will receive a LRFF volunteer T-Shirt to wear when you’re working – this is your uniform and so it is mandatory to wear it at all times during your volunteer shifts. We do ask that you wear this only while you’re on duty, not when you’re attending the festival as a patron. This is simply to avoid confusion, and your T-shirt can be worn as much as you like socially after the festival.
Other than your volunteer T-Shirt, you should be neat and tidy with comfortable enclosed-toe shoes. You may be outside for a while too, so please bring something warm and or cool (depending on the non-dependable Arkansas weather) to wear underneath your T-shirt.
Will I get to watch films while I’m volunteering?
It will depend on what your volunteer position is. If you’re inside helping patrons to their seats, you will be able to watch the film, but only after all latecomers have been admitted; it is extremely important that all audience members are helped to find seats.
If you arrive to your shift early, you can ask your Venue Manager if you can be inside the screening of a film you really want to see during your shift. However it’s not guaranteed that this will always be possible – your primary role on shift is to volunteer, not to view a film, so looking after LRFF patrons must be a priority.
What happens at the volunteer meeting? Do I really have to attend?
Unfortunately, if you can’t come to the briefing it will not be possible for you to volunteer. Vital information and training will happen on this day. The meeting will take place after work hours in mid April. You will receive an email at least two weeks in advance.