The Traverse City Film Festival is made possible entirely by YOU, our dedicated volunteer army! If you sign up now you will be the first to hear about our available shifts!

28054037614_e9988c7ab0_zGreat volunteers make the Traverse City Film Festival possible. As a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization, we depend on the incredible generosity and talents of our amazing volunteers, who run all areas of the festival. We hope you’ll join our team of hard-working, fun-loving, problem-solving movie lovers committed to creating an extraordinary event for our community and helping festival patrons and guests have the best filmgoing experience possible.

Those interested in volunteer manager and leadership roles can contact us NOW about the 2017 festival. Those interested in volunteering for 2017 can signup  to be alerted when shifts go live on June 23.


The Traverse City Film Festival has openings for smart, fun, team players looking for exciting leadership opportunities! Find out more about what it takes to have the most thrilling volunteer adventure of your summer! For more information on becoming a volunteer manager click here.

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Returning volunteers can sign up for shifts here or by clicking the button below.

Volunteer Log In

Log in any time to update your contact information, complete more of the form, sign up for shifts, view and print your personal schedule, or send us a note

Forgot Your Username or Password?
Click here, and then click on the link that says: “Forgot your password? Click here!” in the bottom right of the page, and the system will email you a new password. Can’t remember your username? Let us know and we’ll send you the information you need.

New volunteers should create an account in our system now. Please complete our online form here or by clicking the button below.

Volunteer Sign Up

Step 1 (contact information) and Step 2 (about you) are required. If you would like to also volunteer at the State Theatre, please mark the “Year-Round State Volunteer” box. Step 3 allows you to submit comments if you wish.

We look carefully at each form, so please complete as much of Steps 1-2 as possible. Knowing about your background, interests, and availability will help us find the best place for you within the festival organization.

If you are interested in a leadership or skilled position with the festival, be sure to complete the “Leadership Roles Available” section at the end of Step 2.

Please read the Volunteer Handbook carefully or review the 2016 MacGuffin (volunteer guide) for some helpful tips and info from last year’s festival. For questions about what to wear, please see our Volunteer Dress Code. Refer to Form Help if you have problems with the volunteer system.


Volunteering at the Traverse City Film Festival is a rich and rewarding experience unlike anything else. It’s about film. It’s about community. It’s about working with some of the greatest people you’ll ever meet.  And there are also some pretty cool perks, too!

  • FREE super cool volunteer tshirt
  • FREE Volunteer Only Movie on the Monday before the festival
  • FREE Volunteer Only Party on the Monday after the festival
  • FREE tickets reserved just for volunteers to select screenings
  • Discounted merchandise opportunities


Answers to some of the questions about volunteering we hear the most.


subject to change

June 23: Volunteer Shifts Available for Sign Up
July 21 & 22: Volunteer Credentialing
July 24: Volunteer Orientation and Screening
July 31: Volunteer Party

Check back for updates including additional meetings, training sessions, locations, and times.

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28414755070_478abd350a_bIMPORTANT INFO

Form Help (PDF)
Volunteer Handbook
2016 MacGuffin (Volunteer Guide)
Volunteer Dress Code (PDF)

Call 231-392-1134, or email