MSP International Film Festival 2017


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Sun Feb 26, 2017 09:00 AM - Sun Apr 30, 2017 06:00 PM


The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul125 SE Main St. Suite 341Minneapolis, MN 55414


April 13-29, 2017 is the 36th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival! Over 200+ films and thousands of guests require volunteers at every level! Any small thing does something and if you can do more that would mean the world



About: Lead Volunteers coordinate the volunteer team on their shift, and is one who communicates between the Venue Managers and Operations Staff, and the volunteer team. They are often in charge of Ticket Holder Lines, but responsibilities vary by shift and by venue.

Responsibilities: Manage a shift of volunteers, assist with volunteer check-in and check-out, answer volunteer questions and provide general team leadership, maintain effective communications between staff and the volunteer team.

Qualifications: Previous volunteer experience at MSPIFF, or another major public event. Organized person able to lead, delegate and work one-to-one with volunteers, and to manage a volunteer team. Patience and flexibility are important qualities.


About: Theatre Operations Volunteers are the front lines of the Festival, and represent the heart of MSPIFF. For many of the festival guests, you will be the first face they see. Lead Volunteers and Venue Managers will instruct you where you will be most efficient.

Responsibilities: Answering general questions about the venues, maintain a friendly and welcoming demeanor, check tickets, hand out ballots, usher, control traffic flow, assist with line management, and many other tasks


About: Help coordinate the visits of more than 150 visiting filmmakers and special guests. Assist in the hospitality lounge that serves the festival filmmakers.

Responsibilities: Check guests into the lounge; set out and replenish food trays; maintain a clean environment; answer guest questions.
Please note: Networking is not allowed during your assigned shift. Volunteers are asked to bring a smile, a helpful attitude and an awareness of when and when not to engage with guests in the suite.


About: Do you enjoy interesting conversations with interesting people? Want some one-on-one time with filmmakers from around the world? Join the Transportation Team!

Responsibilities: Filmmaker pick up at the MSP Airport; transport filmmakers and industry guests around the Twin Cities area.
Please note: Volunteers must be at least 25 years old and have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. The Transportation Team uses donated vehicles, but from time to time, personal vehicles may be required. The Transportation Team is an excellent opportunity to meet fascinating people. However, it is important for volunteers to have an awareness of when passengers want to engage in conversation and when they do not.


About: Do you like to walk? Do you like to get to know area businesses? Then the Street Team is an excellent place to volunteer!

Responsibilities: Distribute posters and rack cards to area businesses.
Please note: Area businesses love MSPIFF because the festivals bring revenue to the community so frequently business owners are waiting excitedly for the festival promotional materials. Volunteers are given specific block area maps for downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Volunteers can take a many or as few promotional materials as they want to take. All help is appreciated!


About: Office Volunteers ensure that the Festival as a whole runs smoothly. This position is perfect for volunteers with exceptional administrative and communications skills, are highly organized, adaptable and self-starters.

Responsibilities: Ballot-counting, answering phones, assisting with programming needs, helping sign in and out other volunteers, fulfilling industry and press accreditations, and more.


About: Filmmakers travel from all over the world to attend the festivals and sometimes there is a need for interpreters for visiting guests.

Responsibilities: Provide translation during Q&As following screenings; interpret for filmmakers attending events or media interviews.


  • People Skills
  • Visual Arts
  • Interpreter
  • Administrative Support

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training
  • A minimum of three shifts/tasks that vary in time
  • Any variety of skills will help since we have a variety of roles!

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