Volunteer

In order to accomplish our mission of bringing the best of international and independent film to Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Film Society relies on a dedicated group of volunteers.  In the past, we have recruited volunteers only for the Philadelphia Film Festival in October.  Now, however, we have expanded to the PFS Roxy Theater and begun new and innovative programming, and have volunteer opportunities all year round.

Below are descriptions of volunteer opportunities for the Philadelphia Film Festival and year-round openings.

For information on Group Volunteers for the Philadelphia Film Festival, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Alex Gibson at agibson@filmadelphia.org. 

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  • Volunteering for the 23rd Film Festival
  • Sign Up to Volunteer!
  • Sign Up to be On-Call
  • Special Events Sign Ups 
  • Pre-Festival Box Office/Call Center Shifts
  • PFF23 Volunteer Schedule – SIGN UP FOR SHIFTS – Scroll all the way down!
  • Year-Round Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer for the 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival - Click Here

The Philadelphia Film Festival is an 11-day celebration of independent and international films. Last year, we screened Academy Award nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown, crowd-pleaser About Time, the groundbreaking Blue is the Warmest Color, and dozens more films from around the corner and across the globe. PFF Volunteers help in the day-to-day operations of the festival, working at venues and special events. Becoming a PFF Volunteer is a great way to hang out with cinephiles like you, meeting new people, and get some free movie tickets in the process.

PFF23 Volunteer Positions include:

Theater Operations // Greeters & Ushers

The Theatre Operations Volunteers operate each theatre, from ticket scanning to crowd control. They are prepared to assist hundreds of people with their exceptional customer service skills – showing them where to line up, helping them into the venue, to their seats, and with their questions.  Each venue will have a volunteer manager that will help coordinate tasks and liaise with the festival staff.  While films are playing, greeters and ushers may be asked to help with other tasks such as ballot counting and distributing materials to local businesses.  

Box Office

Box Office Volunteers assist patrons at all of our venue locations for cash and credit card sales, while working with online, on-site ticketing software. If you are able to multi-task while keeping cool, efficiently handle and reconcile sales sheets, and work with computers – you are the perfect person for this position!

Special Events

Special Events volunteers will help with setup and décor, breakdown and wrap up of festival events, as well as greeting, ticketing, tracking, and directing patrons in attendance. As we will be serving alcoholic beverages at most events, these volunteers must be 21 years of age or older- no exceptions. Special Events may come up after the Program Guide is published. If you are interested, you will be notified of Special Events opportunities.

Membership

Volunteering to work at the Membership Table entails enthusiastically explaining Philadelphia Film Society Membership Opportunities to patrons. Volunteers must learn the levels and prices of PFS Membership and be able to communicate the benefits of membership.  For more information, contact Membership Coordinator Alyssa Kaminski at AKaminski@filmadephia.org

Hospitality

If you have an outgoing personality, a car with an excellent driving record, and know your way around the city - this may be the job for you! Hospitality & Transportation volunteers assist our Guest Services Director in getting festival guests and filmmakers to and fro during their stay in Philadelphia. In this position, you will become very familiar with places such as Philadelphia International Airport, 30th Street Station, local hotels and restaurants, and famous personalities. (*We reserve the right to screen all volunteers applying for this position.)

Training

All volunteers are encouraged to attend a Volunteer Training Session. At training, volunteers will get an overview of the responsibilities and benefits of being a Philadelphia Film Festival Volunteer, and have the opportunity to sign up for shifts during the Festival. Volunteers interested in helping with Box Office or Membership are REQUIRED to attend training.

Volunteer Training Sessions are scheduled for the following dates:
Saturday, September 27 (9:30am-11:30am)
Sunday, September 28 (9:30am-11:30am)
Saturday, October 4 (9:30am-11:30am)
Sunday, October 5 (9:30am-11:30am)
Saturday October 11 (9:30am-11:30am)

This year, all Volunteer Training Sessions will be held at the PFS Roxy Theater (2023 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA). 

Click below to sign up for a Volunteer Training Session

Sign Up to Volunteer for the Film Festival - Click Here

Sign Up to be "On-Call"

When volunteers' schedules change and they have to cancel their shifts last minute, we may need people to fill in. "On-Call" volunteers submit availability throughout the Festival and may be called to help out at theaters, if the Festival needs a hand. Sign Up Below:

Special Events Schedule - Click Here

  1. Check out the Special Events Schedule below.
  2. Find the available shifts that fit your schedule.
  3. Email Alex (agibson@filmadelphia.org) with your name and the shift  you want.
  4. Once you get a confirmation email, you're all set!

Special Events volunteers MUST be at least 21 years old. 

Pre-Festival Box Office/Call Center Volunteer Schedule - Click Here for Info & Shifts

SIGN UPS FOR PRE-FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE SHIFTS ARE NOW CLOSED.

We need dedicated volunteers to help with at our Official PFF23 Box Office and at our Ticketing Call Center, which open September 30.  Duties include selling tickets to patrons over the phone and in person.  Volunteers should also have a knowledge of the PFF23 Program, as patrons will ask your opinions! 

All volunteers for these positions MUST attend Training on September 27 or  September 28.  Volunteers who do not attend will not be eligible for Pre-Festival Box Office shifts.  If you need to sign up for one of these dates, contact Alex at agibson@filmadelphia.org

PFF23 Official Box Office -- PFS Roxy Theater (2023 Sansom Street)
PFF23 Ticketing Call Center -- Philadelphia Soundstages (1600 North 5th Street)

To sign up for a shift, check out the below schedule.  Email Alex at agibson@filmadelphia.org with your name and shift preferences.  Once you get a confirmation email, you're all set!  

Year-Round PFS Volunteer Opportunities - Click Here

Every year, the Philadelphia Film Festival draws a group of dedicated and extremely valued volunteers to help sell tickets, run venues, and assist guests.  Now, we have a variety of one-time and year-round volunteer opportunities for festivals, outreach and assistance at the newly re-opened PFS Theater at the Roxy.  Volunteering for the Philadelphia Film Society gives you the chance to join the ever-growing Philadelphia film community, meet new people, and see amazing films for free.

Current PFS Year-Round Volunteer Opportunities:

PFS Street Team

 The PFS Street Team is a new but crucial team of PFS volunteers.  The Street Team is responsible for getting the word out about our programs and events.  You would have to pick up materials, which may include postcards, flyers, programs, or posters, and distribute them in your chosen neighborhood.  It’s a quick and easy way to rack up volunteer hours and free tickets right in your own backyard.

Passport to World Cinema

The PFS/UArts Passport to World Cinema Screenings are monthly screenings of acclaimed international films at the Gershman Y.  Past screenings have included the documentaries Stories We Tell, and The Act of Killing, in addition to a variety of other movies from all over the world.

The PFS Theater at the Roxy

 Volunteering at the PFS Theater at the Roxy would give you a chance to see movies and help out all year long. The PFS Theater at the Roxy is an first-run independent movie theater in the Rittenhouse neighborhood. Volunteers at the theater would assist in directing patrons and answering questions, and are encouraged to engage with guests and discuss the films as theaters empty.  Volunteers at the PFS Theater at the Roxy would be able to watch the films playing during their shifts.  So far, films at the PFS Theater at the Roxy have included The Wolf of Wall StreetThe Fault in Our StarsSnowpiercer, and Hateship/Loveship.

PFF23 Volunteer Schedule

How to Sign Up:
  1. Check out the PFF23 Volunteer Schedule below.
  2. Find the available shifts that fit your schedule.
  3. Email Alex (agibson@filmadelphia.org) with your name and the venue/date/time/position
  4. of the shift(s) you want.
  5. Once you get a confirmation email, you’re all set!

Please note that training is REQUIRED for Box Office and Membership Volunteers.  Sign ups will also be available in person at Volunteer Training Sessions. 

Be sure to scroll right and click each tab to see all the shifts!

 

Questions? Concerns?  Feel free to contact Volunteer Coordinator Alex Gibson at agibson@filmadelphia.org.  

 

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