Each year, the Traverse City Film Festival attracts some amazing visitors—including pets! Here are some film-loving fidos from the past few years:
The Traverse City Film Festival is seeking friendly, fun-loving people to join our team as Volunteer Assistant Theater Managers for the 2014 festival! Please drop in at our next Volunteer Manager Open House on Thursday, June 19 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in festival office, 232 E. Front St, Traverse City, MI. We would love to meet you! If you can’t make it, please call 231-392-1134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TCFF volunteer managers are the core of our amazingly talented, incredibly devoted, and super fun festival family. The festival couldn’t run without the many managers who spend part of their summer in the most beautiful place on earth working with the best team on earth. Friendships formed under fire last forever!
Being a TCFF manager is so much more than getting an awesomely stylish polo shirt. Create something meaningful for the community, meet new people, spend time with friends and family, and gain invaluable experience. Help us put on the best festival in the world and have tons of fun along the way! For more information, please visit TCFF Volunteer Managers.
We have roles and venues available to meet almost any interest and commitment level.
Assistant Venue Managers
Be at the center of the behind-the-scenes action by assisting the venue manager with any and all tasks necessary for the successful operation of the theater. Monitor loads and procedures, direct other assistant managers, provide instruction to volunteers, and much more! Responsible, quick thinking, problem solvers who thrive in high-energy situations wanted.
Venue & Shift Availability: Old Town Playhouse (Days): Old Town Playhouse (Nights).
Warehouse Assistant Manager
At the Warehouse you will be at the hub of all festival activity working with our incredible crew members and the venues to make sure everything gets where it needs to go on time. The best kept the secret of the festival — this is where some of the most interesting activity takes place and it could not be more pivotal to the success of the festival. Plus, you get to jack pallets!
Venue & Shift Availability: Warehouse (5 pm to 10 pm).
We’re looking for members of our valued volunteer and filmgoing family to share memories, stories, insights, and reminiscences from the past nine festivals in preparation for this year’s 10th Anniversary celebration. We want to hear what you love about the festival and why you have participated for the past 10 years.
If you have a funny or interesting story about something you saw or heard at the festival, something that moved you, made you laugh, think, or cry, or an observation about how the festival has changed since 2005, please drop us a line at email@example.com with your name, your history with the festival, and a short version of your story. We will follow up with as many people as we can to capture recollections on camera and you may be quoted in festival materials including the program guide and website.
The Traverse City Film Festival is seeking Volunteer Managers for the 2014 festival!
If you have some extra time to dedicate during the week of the festival and you’d like to take on a leadership role, please join us at our Volunteer Management Open House on Monday, June 9 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in festival office, 232 E. Front St, Traverse City, MI (directly across from the State Theatre). We would love to meet you! And we’ll even have all the popcorn and treats you can eat!
The Open House is specifically for people who would like to take on an assistant manager position and who have 4-6 hours a day to devote during the film festival; it is not necessary for those of you who are willing to work 2-3 shifts during film festival this year.
Can’t make it next week? Mark your calendars for the second Volunteer Manager Open House on Thursday, June 19 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, also in the festival office.
For more information call 231-392-1134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special 10th Anniversary Edition!
The Traverse City Film Festival’s annual People’s Choice Night returns to Open Space Park on the Bay this summer in the free movie series offered nightly at our magical outdoor movie theater under the stars.
This year’s Open Space line-up will bring back the most popular Open Space films of 2005-2013 for you to experience again (or for the first time) — and YOU get to choose the film that shows on Friday night from a list of all-time favorite Open Space titles! This year’s choices include “Jurassic Park,” “The Goonies,” “Raising Arizona,” “Back to the Future,” and “Twister.”
VOTING HAS NOW ENDED – STAY TUNED FOR THE RESULTS
The winning film will be shown on our giant 65-foot inflatable screen set against the beautiful Traverse City bayfront and will be a highlight of our Best of Open Space 10th Anniversary line-up.
The People’s Choice movie, along with all Open Space films to be shown at this year’s festival, will be announced later this June. Open Space Park, on the corner of Union St. and Grandview Parkway, is one of Traverse City’s most beautiful and versatile public gathering spaces, an ideal venue to enjoy a outdoor movie as well as the very best summertime fun northern Michigan has to offer.
Lights, Camera, Action!
The film festival is looking for a few experienced photographers to help us capture the people and happenings at this year’s 10th annual event. With more venues, movies, filmmakers and movie goers than ever before, we’re looking for photogs who have 10 or more hours to give during the film festival, people who love to capture excitement and drama, to join our great all-volunteer team. An orientation session will be held on June 22 at 11 am at the Bijou by the Bay for those who might be interested, or you can email email@example.com for more information.
The Traverse City Film Festival is seeking a volunteer coordinator to help us manage the 100s of incredible volunteers who come together each summer to create a six-day community-wide celebration of “just great movies” in the most beautiful place on earth. In this volunteer position, you’ll work closely with what is simply the very best team around and get to know the amazing volunteers from around the area and around the world who make this all possible.
- Sending out mass communications to volunteers regarding upcoming events and shift signup/availability
- Responding to volunteer email inquiries with the assistance of an office intern
- Helping fill assistant manager shifts festival wide by coordinating with people who respond to our ads/notices/open houses and matching them up with venues and other festival areas
- Finding volunteers with special skills needed for various festival positions
- Keeping an eye on how shifts are filling up and helping devise strategies for filling holes in the schedule
- Working credentialing and encouraging people to signup for more shifts
- During the festival, serving as our volunteer “command center” — stay in communication with venue managers and fill holes with “floater” volunteers where needed
- Helping plan an exciting volunteer party and devising ways to thank and recognize our volunteers for their outstanding contributions.
You can learn more about the critical and rewarding role volunteer managers play within the festival and other leadership opportunities here.
If responsibility, organization, great social skills, fantastic communication, a sense of adventure, a commitment to your community, a passion for cinema, and having fun are your middle names, we would love to chat with you about serving as our volunteer coordinator for this exciting milestone year.
By helping us create a meaningful event for the community, we can promise you a truly unforgettable experience.
If you have time available this summer in advance of the festival and are interested in the volunteer coordinator position, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 231-392-1134.
The reviews are in — everyone agrees that TCFF9 was a complete success, and for that the credit goes to you, our amazing volunteer family, over 1,500 strong. Thanks to you and the 20,000+ hours you donated to TCFF this year, 119,000 people experienced great movies at 10 different venues and 188 screenings. You sold over 7,400 popcorns and 12,000 drinks (not including Open Space!), shared the beauty of Traverse City with over 90 filmmakers from all over the world, and even opened a brand new theater, the Bijou by the Bay!
We’ve received nothing but wonderful reports from patrons and filmmakers alike about volunteers going above and beyond the call of duty. From sharing local know-how, to volunteering into the wee hours of the morning when help was needed, to taking tickets with a smile, you are the magic component that has given our festival its worldwide reputation, leading one of our visiting filmmakers to ask, is Traverse City is the best film festival ever? One thing is for sure — TCFF volunteers are the best in the world. Thank you!
It was great seeing everyone at the Volunteer Party, and we hope you have been able to get some well-deserved rest since then. If you are going through post-festival withdrawal and want to dive back into the festival, or if your volunteering kept you from seeing some of the great things our patrons experienced, be sure to watch this montage put together by Morgan Burke-Beyers, Andy McFarlane, and our videography team; watch the intro animations by Lars Kelto based on the TCFF9 creative campaign by Gabriel Augustine; or view photos by Michael Poehlman, Gary Howe, and the rest of our volunteer photographers. You may even spot yourself!
As part of our ongoing efforts to improve your volunteering experience, we would love it if you would take a few minutes to complete this survey, or just hit reply and share your thoughts with us. We value your feedback and want to hear from you!
Thank you again for your commitment, hard work, smiling faces, good humor and willingness to do whatever task needs to be done. We are beyond grateful for the generous way you give to the festival and our community. Cheers to you all!
The Traverse City Film Festival and sustaining sponsor FIM Group proudly announce the winners of the 2013 Bumper Contest. In case you didn’t get a chance to catch them before the screenings this past week, you can watch them all here.
John Paul Morris
TCFF the 9th
How Many Stars
Just Great Movies
A Happy Place