Leading the Way
TCFF Opportunities for Managers
TCFF Managers play a pivotal role on an amazingly talented, incredibly devoted and super fun Festival Team. The Festival couldn’t run without the many Managers that spend a part of their summer in the most beautiful place on earth working with the best Team on earth. It’s a great way to make new friends or spend time with your friends and family – lots of venues are run by teams of families and friends who love the Festival and love to volunteer together. Help us put on the best Festival in the world and have tons of fun along the way!
Read about available manager positions below
Each year hundreds of volunteers from every walk of life collectively contribute their time and talent to create the Traverse City Film Festival, a 6-day celebration of world-class cinema. Among the many volunteers, a few step forward as committed leaders in key positions of greater responsibility or as managers to assist with festival operations.
Our managers tell us they come back because there is no other volunteer experience quite like it — the chance to bond with friends as you work together to create something meaningful in one intense week. If you can spare the time, we can promise you an unforgettable experience—not to mention a few cool perks.
“It was the highlight of my summer!” — Brittany Merenda, Professional Projection Designer, State Theatre Assistant Stage Manager TCFF 2012
We currently have leadership openings in several areas of the festival. Here is a quick overview of elements common to most of these positions:
- Commitment to one shift per day at one location for the duration of the festival
- Shift duration and assignment varies by venue and position
- Managers are often part of a larger team that works together for a venue, location, or event
- Managers are usually responsible for one specific area of operation such as food concession sales, merchandise sales, inside house management (ushering, ticket-taking, hospitality seating, cleanup), box office and ticket sales, outside line management, stage management, special events, or warehouse operations
- Managers often train and coordinate volunteers assigned to their area during the festival
- Some pre-festival meetings and manager training sessions are required
- Leadership assignments are made based on your interests, time commitment, skill set and experience, available positions, and needs of the festival.
If responsibility, organization, great social skills, fantastic communication, a sense of adventure, a commitment to your community, a passion for cinema, and fun are your middle names, we would love to chat with you about joining our TCFF management team this year.
For more information call 231-392-1134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Shift Availability: Old Town Playhouse – Assistant Venue Manager (7:30 am to 1:00 pm); Dutmers – Venue Co-Manager (NIGHT); Warehouse – Assistant Manager (NIGHT: 5 to 10pm); Film School – Assistant Manager.
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. Or provide festival guests and visiting filmmakers with a comfortable and well-stocked green room for them to relax in before, during, and after their screenings. Organization, friendliness, ability to read a situation, an eye for styling a space, and professionalism are key.
Shift Availability: Lars Hockstad- Hospitality Co-Manager (DAY), Hospitality Co-Manager (NIGHT);
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.
Shift Availability: State Theatre – Concessions (7:30 am to 1:30 pm), Concessions Cart (10:00 am to 5:00 pm), Concessions Cart (5:00 pm to 12:30 am), Merchandise (8:00 am to 2:00 pm); Old Town Playhouse – Concessions / Sales (7:30 am to 4:15 pm); Lars Hockstad- Sales Manager, Assistant Sales Manager; State Theatre- Concessions Cart Manager (10 am to 5 pm), Concessions Cart Manager (5 pm to 12:30 am), Merchandise Manager (8 am to 2 pm), Concessions Manager (7:30 am to 1:30 pm).
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.
Shift Availability: State Theatre – Inside House (1:00 pm to 7:30 pm), Balcony (7:30 am to 1:30 pm), Balcony (1:00 pm to 7:30 pm), Foyer (7:30 am to 1:30 pm); Old Town Playhouse – Front of House Manager (7:30 am to 4:15 pm) ; The Buzz – Inside House Manager (NIGHT).
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.
Shift Availability: Bijou – Volunteer Manager (DAY); Old Town Playhouse – Volunteer Manager (7:30 am to 4:15 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.
Shift Availability: State Theatre – Line / Marquee (7:30 am to 1:00pm Wednesday,Friday,Sunday ONLY); Old Town Playhouse – Line Manager (4:15 to 11:30 pm).