Film festival volunteers

“5 Days of films. 5 Nights of parties. 10 years strong. Celebrating the art and style of film.” boasts the tagline for this year’s annual San Diego Film Festival.

But what they really need is a little help from volunteers.

The festival will run from Sept. 28 to Oct. 3 and return to it’s home at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 on Fifth Avenue in downtown.

This year volunteer scheduling will be done online, a first for the festival. Sign up, login, and shift scheduling will all be done through the festival’s website. “This is a change that will make things much easier,” said the festival’s volunteer coordinator Jennifer Petrini.

Jobs will range from box office, guest services, projectionists, security, maintaining crowd control, and other tasks.

The festival is also searching for volunteer leads. These individuals will commit to all 5 days, go to meetings, and serve as leaders in their respective section.

Volunteers will be able to receive screening passes, raffle tickets, prizes, and admission into the film festival’s “Volunteer Appreciation Party” as compensation depending on how many shifts are worked. Shifts will range from 3 to 4 hours a day.

Orientation will be held the weekend before the festival.

Each day of film screenings is followed by a party at a new location each night. All locations are scattered throughout downtown and walking distance from the theater. This year’s after party locations include the Analog Bar and the W Hotel among others. Festival attendees who have purchased a pass will be able to attend the after parties.

The festival was created and co-founded by Laatz in 1991 and will be celebrating it’s 10th birthday.

The official film schedule was released Sept. 1. One thousand two hundred film submissions were sent into the festival with only 85 making the cut. Among those included is “50/50,” the festival’s opening night film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogan.

For more information on the festival and volunteer opportunities visit

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