Festival

Volunteering

How can you become a volunteer?

You just need to complete and submit an application, which you can find on our website. The application will be available throughout the volunteer recruitment period. In order to complete an application, you must first log in at americanfilmfestival.pl

Submit an application to become a volunteer

The Festival organizers will be responsible for the selection process and for signing contracts with successful applicants. The results of the recruitment process will be sent out by post. The completion and submission of an application is not tantamount to being accepted as a volunteer. The dates for the start of the volunteer recruitment process:

  • the start: September 22, 3 PM
  • the end: October 10, midnight
  • the results: October 20, after noon 

What should you keep in mind when filling out your application?

Volunteer work requires your everyday presence in New Horizons Cinema between 7-13 November. When completing your application you need to declare your availability each day. This information is highly important for us during the recruitment process.

Your volunteer ID will include your name and surname, as well as your photo. You are required to attach a recent portrait photo (in which your face is clearly visible) in electronic format. The file needs to be in good quality and resolution and of a size up to 10 MB.

Can minors be volunteers?

If you are a minor over the age of 16, you may volunteer subject to written consent to participate in the festival, given by a parent or guardian.

What sort of work do volunteers carry out?

Volunteers at the Festiwal help with preparations and implementation of all Festival events so that participants and guests can enjoy the Festival and its unique atmosphere. We require volunteers to help with screenings at cinemas, with the Festival’s artistic events, audience assistance, helping Festival participants and guests, working at the press office, and distributing printed materials. Volunteers will work according to a schedule, in a shift-based system, and under supervision. Detailed working conditions will be set out in an agreement concluded between each volunteer and the New Horizons Association, and additional conditions will be established at an orientation meeting to take place before volunteers begin their work in Wrocław.

When will volunteers be needed?

Volunteer work requires your everyday presence in New Horizons Cinema between 7-13 November. Detailed schedules will be established at orientation meetings and will depend on the department that you will be assigned to. Each department has its own meeting and its own shift system (which can be more or less flexible) but all of them require your everyday presence; there is no possibility of getting involved as a volunteer on selected days only (such as: just on the weekend).
Volunteers are needed for the following activities:

  • Audience organization at New Horizons Cinema
  • Festival Center
  • Guest Office
  • Press Office (interviews and social media)
  • Marketing and distribution of printed materials
  • Art department (venue decoration)
  • Festival competitions
  • "Tajne Komplety" Bookshop

Each volunteer, regardless of the department they work in, may attend screenings and other events of their choice, during which their task will consist in checking the quality of the screening, or whether the respective event progresses as planned.

What do I get out of volunteering?

The best and most important reward that comes from donating your time as a volunteer is your active contribution to creating the festival itself. The festival offers volunteers opportunities to meet many interesting filmmakers, watch screenings, listen to panel discussions and enjoy many other accompanying events. Being a volunteer provides free access to film screenings, some concerts at the Arsenal festival club and other events.

Do the organizers cover insurance, transportation, accommodations, and food for volunteers?

Unfortunately, volunteers are responsible for their own transportation, accommodations, and food. The organizers will provide civil-liability and personal-accident insurance.

How can I get confirmation of the volunteer service performed?

Every volunteer will receive a dual language (Polish and English) confirmation of volunteer services performed. The document will be posted to you within three months of festival completion, at the latest.

Contact

If you have any questions about volunteer work, please contact us at: wolontariat@nowehoryzonty.pl

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