BECOME A VOLUNTEER
Thank you for your interest in volunteering to the 2023 edition of The American French Film Festival! We are looking for volunteers to assist in a variety of roles including box office, theatre operations, lounge attendants, and social media assistants. Help us celebrate French cinema at this year’s festival, October 18 – 22, 2023.
Once you have completed the application, you will receive an email from our Volunteer Coordinator in mid-September. Be sure to check your SPAM Folder in case messages get filtered there. We will hold a Volunteer Orientation the weekend before the event. We require all volunteers to commit to at least 8 hours of volunteering for the festival and participate in any required training.
THE AMERICAN FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL (formally COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL) is committed to promoting the best new French films and series in the U.S. and to showcasing in Hollywood the vitality and the diversity of French cinema, television, and shorts. TAFFF is ranked among the top 3 Film Festivals in Los Angeles, the most comprehensive annual French cultural event in the U.S., and the largest festival dedicated to French cinema and television in the world. The festival opens the film awards season with Opening Night on October 18, 2023 and runs through October 22nd at the Directors Guild of America on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood (3 theaters – 600, 160, and 50 seats – screening unique films simultaneously as well as a 210 capacity lounge and a 1,500 capacity lobby).
New and returning volunteers assigned to a new team are required to attend the volunteer Orientation (Date TBD). While orientation is extremely critical, if for any reason you cannot attend, please let the Volunteer Coordinator know and we will try to make other arrangements.
We count on you to arrive 10 minutes early and be ready to contribute throughout your volunteer shift. If for any reason you cannot arrive on time or need to cancel your shift, please notify the Volunteer Coordinator at least two hours prior to your shift. This will allow time to find a replacement. Repeat absences will result in the revocation of your volunteer badge and privileges.
CODE OF CONDUCT
When you’re on-duty, be a positive, professional and conscientious representative of The American French Film Festival. ANYONE seeking autographs, self-promoting or exhibiting overt negativity while on duty will have his/her badge taken away and will be escorted off-site immediately. This festival is supported by corporate sponsorship, so please keep any opinions about our sponsors to yourself; you never know who might be standing next to you. Once OFF-duty, you may do as you wish—as long as you are not wearing your volunteer badge. However, if a volunteer is off-duty and is a problem to festival operations, security or the law, volunteer privileges are likely to be lost as a result.
We don’t have any specific dress code for volunteers other than no shorts, and no flip-flops.
All volunteers will get one volunteer badge upon check-in of their first shift to keep throughout the festival. For identification and security purposes, all on-duty volunteers are required to visibly wear their badges. Conversely, all OFF-duty volunteers are to keep their badges concealed. Lost badges WILL NOT be replaced. At the discretion of TAFFF management, badge privileges may be amended at any time and badges themselves may be confiscated. In the event of a volunteer being stripped of his or her badge—most likely for conduct infractions—that volunteer will be escorted off-site with an explanation and clear understanding for such actions.
To the best of your ability, leave personal effects at home or locked away and hidden in your vehicle. Arrive to your shift unencumbered from big purses, bags, laptops, etc. TAFFF has no area to keep these items if you show up with them and any lost, stolen or damaged items are your own responsibility. It’s best to leave inessential items at home.
TO SHOW OUR APPRECIATION FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS: VOLUNTEER SCREENINGS
Volunteers are able to attend screenings before or after their shift providing availability. Some screenings fill up and sometimes even the pass holders are turned away, so please be mindful of theater operations and check out the next film on your list.
Light snacks and beverages may be provided sporadically. However, plan to be responsible for your own nutritional needs.
All shifts will take place at the Directors Guild of America:
7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046.
PARKING DURING TAFFF
There is limited free parking at the DGA, parking entrance is on Hayworth Avenue. The festival will reimburse your parking if you have to park at the paid lot at 8000 Sunset Blvd.
- Providing assistance to patrons
- Scanning Tickets and Managing Line Flow
- Ticketing and Merchandise Sales
- Public Relations
- Social Media
- VIP seating and Special Events
Go to the Online Registration form