As a non-profit organization, the Newport Beach Film Festival wouldn’t be able to bring such an amazing event to life without the help of our volunteers.

We are always looking for more volunteers to assist with a variety of activities, seminars, and screenings during the week of the festival. Become a part of the largest arts event in Southern California and help us bring the very best in local and international cinema to Orange County!

Please follow the link(s) below to volunteer at the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival!

Tuesday, March 21– Oasis Senior Center – 7:30PM-8:30PM RETURNING VOLUNTEERS ONLY

Wednesday, March 22 – Oasis Senior Center – 7:30PM – 8:30PM

Saturday, March 25 – Oasis Senior Center – 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Saturday, March 25 – Newport Beach Film Festival Office – 4:00PM-5:00PM

Monday, March 27 – Newport Beach Film  Festival Office – 5:00PM-6:00PM

Volunteers must RSVP with their selected orientation date to volunteer@newportbeachfilmfest.com

New volunteers must also register online for Shiftboard at the following link: www.shiftboard.com/newportbeachfilmfest and click on “New Registration”. 

Returning volunteers can log into their previous account on Shiftboard at the following link: www.shiftboard.com/newportbeachfilmfest

Explore Our Volunteer Opportunities

Box Office

Overview

The Box Office Volunteers are an energetic and vibrant team that assists the patrons with ticketing needs, including will call and online orders. This team will be in contact with our festival patrons and to make every patron feel welcome! The Box Office Team will need guidance from the Ticketing Leaders and Volunteer Coordinators during their shifts. Please be prepared to help as needed in a variety of tasks (see task lists).

Task List

  • Greet patrons
  • Sell tickets
  • Take payments
  • Print tickets
  • Answer patron questions
  • Manage lines
  • Will call fulfillment
  • Assist online ticket orders
  • Refer patrons to merchandise
  • Maintain clean work area

Requirements

  • Must be comfortable with handling money
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs. repeatedly
  • Be available all week
  • Shifts are between 3 and 4 hours
  • Volunteers under 18 years old must submit a signed parental consent form

When You Arrive

  1. Clock in on Shiftboard App upon arrival
  2. Check-in with Venue Coordinator for updates and instructions
  3. Take note of your surroundings (theater layout, restroom locations, emergency exits, etc.)
  4. Introduce yourself to the other NBFF staff and volunteers
  5. Familiarize yourself with the daily screening schedule

Before You Leave

  1. If you are assisting a screening, please complete the assignment before you leave
  2. Clean up and organize the work area for the next shift
  3. Ensure the next volunteers are familiar with their duties and responsibilities. Do your best to answer their questions
  4. Check-out with Venue Coordinator at the end of your shift
  5. Clock out on the Shiftboard App!
Hospitality

Overview

The Hospitality Suite Volunteers are the face of the industry support side of the film festival. Hospitality is open throughout the festival, and constantly needs to be staffed. Hospitality Suite Volunteers must be extremely professional and friendly, and have excellent organizational skills. Hospitality Leaders and Volunteer Coordinators will help guide this team during their shift. Please be prepared to help as needed in a variety of tasks (see Task List).

Task List

  • Greet filmmakers
  • Organize filmmaker check-in
  • Display sponsor products
  • Work with filmmakers
  • Answer patron questions
  • Refer patrons to merchandise and ticketing
  • Maintain clean work area
  • Display food and beverages attractively as needed
  • Handle food

Requirements

  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Outgoing and friendly personality
  • Must be able to take directions from different leads
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment
  • Shifts are a minimum 3 hours, maximum 4 hours
  • Be available all week
  • Volunteers under 18 years old must submit a signed parental consent form.

When You Arrive

  1. Clock in on Shiftboard App upon arrival
  2. Check-in with Venue Coordinator for updates and instructions
  3. Take note of your surroundings (theater layout, restroom locations, emergency exits, etc.)
  4. Introduce yourself to the other NBFF staff and volunteers
  5. Familiarize yourself with the daily screening schedule

Before You Leave

  1. Clean up and organize the work area for the next shift
  2. Ensure the next volunteers are familiar with their duties and responsibilities. Do your best to answer their questions
  3. Clock out on the Shiftboard App!
Merchandise

Overview

The Merchandise Team is responsible for promoting and selling goods at the festival. This team will be in contact with our festival patrons and will need to encourage them to buy NBFF merchandise, programs and souvenirs. The Merchandise Team will receive guidance from the Venue and Volunteer Coordinators during their shift. Please be prepared to help as needed in a variety of tasks (see Task List.)

Task List

  • Greet and usher patrons
  • Inform patrons of Q&A
  • Take tickets
  • Count guests
  • Manage lines and crowds
  • Theater rules (cell phones, etc.)
  • Manage ballots (collect, count etc.)
  • Maintain clean work area and lobby
  • Direct guests to appropriate locations
  • Assist pop-up shops
  • Assure filmmakers and guests feel welcome!

Requirements

  • Must be comfortable with handling money
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs. repeatedly
  • Be available all week
  • Shifts are between 3 and 4 hours
  • Volunteers under 18 years old must submit a signed parental consent form.

When You Arrive

  1. Clock in on Shiftboard App upon arrival
  2. Check-in with Venue Coordinator for updates and instructions
  3. Take note of your surroundings (theater layout, restroom locations, emergency exits, etc.)
  4. Introduce yourself to the other NBFF staff and volunteers
  5. Familiarize yourself with the daily screening schedule

Before You Leave

  1. If you are assisting a screening, please complete the assignment before you leave
  2. Clean up and organize the work area for the next shift
  3. Ensure the next volunteers are familiar with their duties and responsibilities. Do your best to answer their questions
  4. Check-out with Venue Coordinator at the end of your shift
  5. Clock out on the Shiftboard App!

Production Crew

Overview

The Production Crew Volunteers are the movers and shakers. This team works together to set up and tear down the event areas. Events that require tables, chairs, lights, carpets, velvet ropes, signs, waste cans, and other related items, will be staffed with a production crew. The Production Crew will receive guidance from the Event Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator. Please be prepared to help as needed in a variety of tasks (see Task List).  

Task List

  • Maintain a clean work area
  • Set up/tear down event, including moving items from storage and in between venues
  • Check lighting and sound
  • Replace broken or faulty items
  • Be available to assist patrons, volunteers and sponsors
  • Hang festival posters & way finding signage
  • Pick up beverages, food, & products and distribute to festival venues

Requirements

  • Be Safe!
  • Ability to lift 25lbs repeatedly
  • Must be comfortable moving large items to/from different spaces
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
  • Shifts are between 3 and 4 hours
  • Volunteers under 18 years old must submit a signed parental consent form

When You Arrive

  1. Clock in on Shiftboard App upon arrival
  2. Check-in with Venue Coordinator for updates and instructions
  3. Take note of your surroundings (theater layout, restroom locations, emergency exits, etc.)
  4. Introduce yourself to the other NBFF staff and volunteers
  5. Familiarize yourself with the daily screening schedule

Before You Leave

  1. If you are assisting a screening, please complete the assignment before you leave
  2. Clean up and organize the work area for the next shift
  3. Ensure the next volunteers are familiar with their duties and responsibilities. Do your best to answer their questions
  4. Check-out with Venue Coordinator at the end of your shift
  5. Clock out on the Shiftboard App!
Theater Operations

Overview

The Theater Operations volunteers host each venue and consider the theater their home! This team handles all tasks within the theater from taking tickets, ushering, light cleaning and handing out ballots. Venue Leaders and Volunteer Coordinators will guide the team during their shift. Please be prepared to help as needed in a variety of tasks (see Task List). For specific instructions, please refer to Venue Leader and Q&A staff. You will work alongside a Production Crew, who will set up and tear down for Q&A.

Task List

  • Greet and usher patrons
  • Inform patrons of Q&A
  • Take tickets
  • Count guests
  • Manage lines and crowds
  • Theater rules (cell phones, etc.)
  • Manage ballots (collect, count etc.)
  • Maintain clean work area and lobby
  • Direct guests to appropriate locations
  • Assure filmmakers and guests feel welcome!

Requirements

  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Outgoing and friendly personality
  • Must be able to take directions from different leads
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment
  • Shifts are a minimum 3 hours, maximum 4 hours
  • Be available all week
  • Volunteers under 18 years old must submit a signed parental consent form.

When You Arrive

  1. Clock in on Shiftboard App upon arrival
  2. Check-in with Venue Coordinator for updates and instructions
  3. Take note of your surroundings (theater layout, restroom locations, emergency exits, etc.)
  4. Introduce yourself to the other NBFF staff and volunteers
  5. Familiarize yourself with the daily screening schedule

Before You Leave

  1. If you are assisting a screening, please complete the assignment before you leave
  2. Clean up and organize the work area for the next shift
  3. Ensure the next volunteers are familiar with their duties and responsibilities. Do your best to answer their questions
  4. Check-out with Venue Coordinator at the end of your shift
  5. Clock out on the Shiftboard App!
VIP Transportation

Overview

VIP Transportation Volunteers are extremely important, and must take their role very seriously. Transportation is responsible for driving filmmakers and talent to and from events using sponsored festival vehicles. Professionalism and communication are essential, so remember to put your game face on when you are on duty! Please be prepared for long trips and late nights (see Task List).

Task List

  • Get keys from transportation staff
  • Get comfortable in vehicle
  • Understand trip information
  • Make sure you’re in constant communication with transportation staff
  • Stay in contact with necessary transportation staff and guests
  • Must be flexible

Requirements

  • Must be over 25 yrs. old
  • Have a valid Driver’s License
  • Clean driving background
  • Be available all week
  • Shifts are between 3 and 4 hours
  • 2-3 yrs. professional driving experience is a plus
  • Uber/Lyft 1+ yrs. is a plus (must have 5-star rating)
  • Must have the ability to stay on schedule

When You Arrive

  1. Clock in on Shiftboard App upon arrival
  2. Check-in with Venue Coordinator for updates and instructions
  3. Take note of your surroundings (theater layout, restroom locations, emergency exits, etc.)
  4. Introduce yourself to the other NBFF staff and volunteers
  5. Familiarize yourself with the daily screening schedule

Before You Leave

  1. If you are assisting a screening, please complete the assignment before you leave
  2. Clean up and organize the work area for the next shift
  3. Ensure the next volunteers are familiar with their duties and responsibilities. Do your best to answer their questions
  4. Check-out with Venue Coordinator at the end of your shift
  5. Clock out on the Shiftboard App!

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