Volunteer for cff 2019

So you wanna be a part of Chattanooga's coolest film festival? You've come to the right place. Volunteers make up 98% of CFF, which means we quite literally couldn’t do it without you. We welcome + encourage anyone to apply - even if you’ve never volunteered with us or a film festival before.

Take a look at the volunteer positions below — including some brand new positions for you CFF veterans — and then send us your application! The volunteer application deadline is February 28.

If you have any questions feel free to send an email to volunteers@chattfilmfest.org.

Core Volunteers

As the old saying goes, there are no small parts. At CFF, this is doubly true. We pride ourselves in having some of the most exciting volunteer opportunities for both movie buffs and beginners alike. Core Volunteers are required to work at least one 3-hour shift during the festival, though more is always encouraged! Each shift worked gets you a volunteer t-shirt, a ticket into any movie or event of your choice, and a drink ticket! Please note: not all applicants are chosen to become volunteers, and priority will be given to those who are available to work more shifts.


Ushers are responsible for loading guests in the theater according to badge tier, answering any questions about the films that are showing, cleaning the theater in between screenings, and addressing any disruptions during the films. Must have excellent customer service skills, be familiar with this year’s film program, and be able to wrangle loads of guests waiting for a film to start.

Box Office

Box office volunteers are the first volunteers our guests see! They are responsible for selling tickets, coordinating badge pickups, and answering general questions related to the festival. Volunteers must have exceptional customer service skills, and POS system experience is preferred, but not required.

A/V + Tech

The A/V + Tech associates will ensure that all films start on time, address any technical issues that may arise, and let the venue manager know if any excessive/unusual noise or non-technical issues occur during the film. Prior experience preferred.

Information + Merch Tables

Volunteers working the information and merch table must have general knowledge about the festival (what films will be showing for the day, general layout of the festival, etc.) . Must be comfortable answering questions or directing guests to wherever they need to go as well as running a POS system. Previous experience volunteering with CFF is a plus, but not required. You will have the training and resources to answer almost all questions.


Bartenders will be responsible for serving beer and mixed drinks as well as operating a POS system. Possessing an updated ABC license is required.

Floaters/Problem Solvers

These volunteers may take on the role of any of the other positions, but also may assist with initiatives outside these positions. Floaters and problem solvers assist when previously assigned volunteers do not show up for a shift, or if the CFF team needs assistance with unexpected events. Those who have volunteered with CFF or other film festivals previously are preferred, because this is a position you just kinda… “get.”


Photographers will take photos during scheduled and non-scheduled events. They must be able to provide their own camera and equipment. The photos you take may be subject to our use, but your work will be credited properly in all instances.

Set-up & Breakdown

Volunteers would assist with loading in/loading out any items or equipment. This position is mostly for the beginning and end of the festival. You must be able to lift at least 20 lbs.

Street Team

The street team will help with the promotion of the festival prior to CFF. These volunteers will work with the Street Team Manager to distribute any necessary marketing materials around Chattanooga as well as assist with any other initiatives to spread awareness about the festival. The street team must be comfortable talking to employees at businesses as well as potentially assist with fundraising efforts.

Venue Managers

Venue managers will oversee their venue’s volunteers and operations during their shifts at the festival. Each venue manager will be required to work one 6-hour shift per day of the festival and must be a previous CFF Volunteer. Venue Managers will receive a volunteer t-shirt and festival badge - good for entry to any event, all 4 days of the fest! Please note: not all applicants are chosen to become volunteers.

Box Office Manager

The Box Office Manager will oversee Box Office Volunteers.

Box Office Managers will assist volunteers with questions regarding the badge process and the Point of Sale (POS) system. They must also be able to display exceptional customer service and answer any questions that guests may have. Box Office Managers also need to have experience using a POS system. Lastly, they must have a smartphone and can download the Eventbrite Manager app.

Theater Manager

The Theater Manager will oversee Ushers.  

Theater managers will be in constant communication with ushers to ensure that theaters are being loaded on time and correctly. They will also monitor film intros, ensure Q+A’s are set up properly, and monitor disruptive behavior during the film. Must be comfortable addressing issues that arise in the theater.

Party  Manager

The Party Manager will be oversee all volunteers assigned to a specific CFF after-party.

Party Managers will be handling the day-of logistics of each party. Some of the responsibilities include: overseeing the setup and breakdown of their assigned party, hospitality for guests/bands at their assigned party, adapting and responding to last minute changes that arise. Party Managers must be comfortable speaking with venue employees regarding details of the after party.

Filmmaker/Press Lounge (FPL Manager)

The Filmmaker & Press Lounge Manager will work directly with Marketing and PR Director Bex Feldbin.

FPL managers will ensure that filmmakers and members of the press have an exceptional experience during their time in the lounge. FPL Managers will also be responsible for maintaining the lounge in an inviting and clean condition.  This will include making sure the lounge remains clear of trash and keeping beverages and refreshments stocked constantly. FPL Managers will must be comfortable with addressing any guest who do not have access to the lounge. Lastly, they must be able to exercise exceptional professionalism and be a CFF ambassador at all times.

A/V + Tech Manager (AVT Manager)

The A/V & Tech Manager will oversee A/V & Tech associates.

Their main responsibility will be to ensure that all AV & Tech associates possess the tools and knowledge they need in order to screen each film in a timely fashion to create an exceptional festival experience. They also will be responsible for cooperating with the the Theater Manager if any issues arise.

Bar Manager

The Bar Manager will oversee bartenders.

Their main responsibility will be to ensure that bars remain stocked with refreshments and supplies. The Bar Manager is also responsible for training bartenders on the POS system if necessary.

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