Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Toronto International Film Festival call for volunteers

The Toronto International Film Festival has put out their call for volunteers for their 2011 edition which runs from September 8 to 18.

TIFF is the largest public film festival in the world and is a not-for-profit orgranization, unlike many large American festivals. Its success is due in part to a large army of hundreds of dedicated volunteers that help to make the festival what it is. I myself have volunteered for them in the past. In fact there are many Toronto filmmakers who have volunteered for TIFF, such as Don McKellar.

Volunteers are required to attend an orientation session. For each shift that a volunteer takes, they receive a voucher which allows them to attend a screening during the festival itself or at TIFF Bell Lightbox when it is done. Not all of the shifts take place during the festival; you can sign up for volunteer shifts in the set-up and tear-down stages of the festival too.

Volunteers are invited to attend the staff party that takes place at the festival's end. The volunteers are always a fun and enthusiastic group of people. If you have the time, you will find it an enjoyable and rewarding experience.



May 17, 2011 

Toronto – TIFF is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to lend a hand during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival®, running from September 8 to September 18. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks and will be working directly with thousands of local and international film lovers, filmmakers, and press and industry delegates. During the 2010 Festival, more than 1,900 individual volunteers supported TIFF, contributing just over 56,000 hours of service to activities throughout the organization.

“Part of TIFF’s mandate is to celebrate diversity and to provide a shared learning experience,” says Bob McCarthy, Manager, Volunteer & Intern Resources at TIFF. “Year after year, volunteers generously contribute their time and boundless energy to making the Festival a success.”

The first step for interested volunteers is to fill out an application form online at tiff.net/volunteer. All volunteer applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

About TIFF

TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $170 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation, Major Sponsor and official bank RBC, Major Sponsor BlackBerry and Visa†. For more information, visit tiff.net.

Toronto International Film Festival is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC and BlackBerry, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada, and the City of Toronto.

Toronto International Film Festival Volunteer Programme is proudly supported by Cineplex Entertainment LP

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