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).
Oversee the selling and inventory of TCFF merchandise and/or concessions. Instruct volunteers in the art of popcorn popping, soda, candy, and tshirt hawking, and merchandise display. Flair for retail sales, basic bookkeeping ability, and experience handling money desired.
Venue & Shift Availability: City Opera House – Concessions (8:00 am to 4:00 pm); City Opera House – Merchandise (3:45 pm to 11:45 pm); Lars Hockstad Auditorium (Days); Lars Hockstad Auditorium (Nights); Old Town Playhouse (Days); Old Town Playhouse (Nights); Milliken Auditorium – Merchandise (Days); New Venue at InsideOut Gallery – Concessions (4 pm to Close).
Handle reserved and special seating for filmmakers, guests, sponsors, and people with disabilities. Consolidate information received via text, email, and radio for a seamless seating experience by monitoring and anticipating needs. Organization, communication skills, focus, patience, and speed are key.
Venue & Shift Availability: Milliken Auditorium (7:30 am to 12:30 pm); Milliken Auditorium (11:30 am to 3:30 pm).
Oversee pre-show music performance setup and take-down, the monitoring of film presentation quality, and filmmaker question and answer sessions. Work with the projection booth, green room, and special guests to execute the best possible entertainment display. Requires excellent communication skills, steady focus, physical ability, and special pre-festival training.
Venue & Shift Availability: Bijou by the Bay (Nights); Old Town Playhouse (Days); Old Town Playhouse (Nights); Milliken Auditorium (Days); New Venue at InsideOut Gallery (8 am to 4 pm); New Venue at InsideOut Gallery (4 pm to Close).
Front of House Managers
If there’s something going on in the front of the house, you’re probably helping manage it. Work with TCFF volunteers to handle ticket and ballot collection, counting, reporting, and more. Interact with patrons, sponsors, and guests and be an important point of contact as you help usher the festival on the path to success.
Venue & Shift Availability: Old Town Playhouse (Days); Old Town Playhouse (Nights); Milliken Auditorium (Nights); New Venue at InsideOut Gallery – History Exhibit Manager / Green Room (8 am to 4 pm).
Venue Volunteer Manager
Be the welcoming face for volunteers as they report for their shifts and supervise volunteer operations at the venue. Deliver a brief orientation, assign volunteers tasks, and direct them to the specific assistant managers they will be working with. Work with the festival office to monitor holes and needs. The success of the festival starts with our volunteers. Happy volunteers = happy patrons = happy festival.
Venue & Shift Availability: Old Town Playhouse (Days); Old Town Playhouse (Nights); Milliken Auditorium (7:30 pm to 11:30 pm).
Everyone knows that the real fun of the festival occurs not in the auditorium, but in the lines as people mix, mingle, and get to know one another. Help this community spirit flourish as you make sure people are in the correct line, check for anyone needing assistance, and keep everyone apprised of any information they may need to have an enjoyable experience.
Venue & Shift Availability: State Theatre (1:00 to 7:00 pm); Milliken Auditorium (Saturday Night Only); Milliken Auditorium (Sunday Morning and Afternoon Only).