Leading the Way

Day 3 TCFF 2015TCFF 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

Closing night's showing of "Austenland" attracts the most vibrant variety of visitors, from near and far, with the finest volunteers and musicians ever experienced at TC FILM FEST 2013.
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, house management (ushering, ticket-taking, hospitality seating, cleanup), box office and ticket sales, 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 volunteer@tcff.org.

Thank you Traverse City (photo Gary L. Howe)Sample Open Positions:

We have roles and venues available to meet almost any interest and commitment level.

Concessions Manager

Oversee TCFF theater concessions sales! Instruct volunteers in the art of popcorn popping, serving soda, candy, sandwiches, and more! Some venues may include merchandise sales duties, too. A flair for retail sales, basic bookkeeping ability, and experience handling money desired.

House Manager

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, fast cleaning, recycle collection, 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!

Volunteer Manager

20223273391_be23174c7e_zBe 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 gaps and needs. May include other duties! Happy volunteers = happy patrons = happy festival!

Line Manager

The fun of the festival starts in line outside the theater as people mix, mingle, and talk about movies! Help this spontaneous community spirit flourish as you make sure people are in the correct line, check for people needing assistance, check tickets, and provide the information people need to have a great Traverse City Film Festival experience! 

Kids FestAssistant Venue Manager

Be at the center of the behind-the-scenes action by assisting the venue manager with any and all tasks necessary for successful operation! Fun, quick-thinking, hard-working problem solvers wanted!

Hospitality and Green Room Managers

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.

Sales Managers

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.

Stage Managers

Oversee pre-show music performance setup and take-down, the monitoring of film presentation quality, and filmmaker question and answer sessions. Work with the projection booth, green room, and special guests to execute the best possible entertainment display. Requires excellent communication skills, steady focus, physical ability, and special pre-festival training.