Become a Volunteer
Volunteering at the Salem Film Fest is a fun and enriching life experience. There are two main ways to get involved: as a pre-festival volunteer and as an in-festival volunteer. Please contact us or stop by the CinemaSalem information desk if you’re interested in volunteering.
Pre-fest volunteers work on a team to mount and promote the festival, and to work to make sure that as many people know about it as possible. Volunteer opportunities are open for educators (reaching out to area high schools and colleges), film and video professionals (compiling trailers, working on in-Festival production teams, and creating presentation DVDs), development experts (contacting existing and prospective film sponsors), writers and publicists (writing articles, blogs, and press releases; integrating social network technologies; distributing posters, schedules and other print materials), hospitality (providing transportation and other logistics for visiting filmmakers from America and Europe), and film advocates (adopting a particular film in order to nurture its audience).
In-festival volunteers help make this rich and complex event transpire smoothly, orienting moviegoers, providing technical support, facilitating the Audience Award balloting, and assisting filmmakers, musicians, moderators, and other festival participants. The pace is fast and the challenges are many, but the experience is fun and gratifying — and you’ve made a real contribution to a great event.
Although volunteers do not receive cash compensation, participants who contribute at least 4 hours to the festival will receive two voucher tickets. Volunteers who contribute over 20 hours will receive 5 voucher tickets to all Salem Film Fest films and events, including more than 38 film screenings, multiple parties, concerts, and other fun events.