Volunteer for Melbourne International Film Festival 2015

Volunteer applications for the Melbourne International Film Festival have opened.

We spoke with Joel Allan, Volunteers Manager at the Melbourne International Film Festival, for some insider tips.

 Can you tell me a bit about Melbourne International Film Festival?

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant annual screen event in Australia.  Its program is filled with the best in current cinema from around the world, retrospectives, tributes, discussion programs as well as industry and celebratory events. MIFF also includes the country’s largest showcase of new Australian cinema and is the country’s most vocal champion of emerging and established local filmmaking talent.

Why volunteer for the Melbourne International Film Festival?

Volunteers get a unique insight to the film and events industry by being amongst the action. The skills and practical experience they gain helps them develop, all while challenging and inspiring them during their valued time with the festival.

What would the role entail – type of work, meeting other people etc?

The team of more than 350 volunteers are really the face of the festival. Volunteers work with a new group of people each shift, so making friends and meeting new people is inevitable. Jobs include queue management, ticket scanning, cinema ushering and general enquiries from patrons and general public. Plus, to say thanks for all their hard work, volunteers get access to discounts, free secret sessions and giveaways throughout the festival.

Any advice / tips on your application? Things you’re looking for?

A passion for film is paramount! You must be able to work well with others, have a focus on customer service and enjoy working in a fast paced environment. Volunteers must be able to commit to 7 shifts across the festival so availability is also a plus. With applications closing on Sunday the 21st of June, check out our FAQ page for more info regarding volunteering with MIFF.

Top 5 film recommendations for international students wanting to come along?

We have just released First Glance: a sneak peek selection of films from the program, with the full list available on July 10th. Keep an eye out for Me, Earl and the Dying Girl (USA), Holding the Man (AUS) – based on the successful book and play, Sherpa (AUS), Tangerine (USA), and Iris (USA) – a documentary about flamboyant New York fashion icon, Iris Apfel.

Just remember, to apply to volunteer for MIFF you need to:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • have energy and enthusiasm for MIFF and the MIFF program
  • have the ability to communicate with the general public in a friendly and professional manner
  • have an aptitude for working calmly and efficiently in very busy environments
  • be punctual
  • have a willingness to follow directions and work as part of a team
  • have fluency in English
  • make a commitment to making the festival a fantastic experience for the public, guests, staff and YOURSELF!

If you’re interested in applying, click here.