SouthSide Film Institute

Volunteer

2022 sign-ups and information coming soon!


Volunteer Quick Facts

  • Volunteer shifts during the Festival are approximately 3 hours.
  • All volunteers will check in 5 – 10 minutes prior to their shift.
  • Benefits of Volunteering: Each volunteer gets a T-shirt to wear during their shift.
  • All volunteers are also invited to attend the Closing Night Party.
  • SSFF Volunteer Handbook

Online Volunteer Registration Form – If you have not volunteered with us before, or your contact information has changed since 2021, please submit the registration form.

If you are a returning member of Team SSFF, please sign up for shifts via Sign up Genius.
Volunteers Tickets and Merch

Festival Volunteer Positions
1. Usher
2. Ticket & Merchandise Table
3. HQ Assistant

Ushers
Ushers play many roles for the Southside Film Festival: You’re the host of the show, the ticket taker and the program distributor. You are the face of the Southside Film Festival.
Primary responsibilities:
1. Show up Early! (At least 15 minutes before each shift.)
2. Familiarize yourself with the building layout as noted above.
3. Read about the film(s) to be screened during your shift.
4. Standard Usher duties – Take tickets, seat patrons, monitor door.
5. Please pick up any trash or old programs lying about the theater after the film screening.
6. It is important to be pleasant to all patrons. Please remember that you are representing not only yourself, but the SouthSide Film Festival itself! If the attendees have a good experience with you, they will have a great time at the festival.
7. When asked questions about a specific film or about the festival in general, answer to the best of your ability. If you cannot answer a question, politely state that you don’t have an answer and refer them to the House Manager or the nearest SSFF Board Member. A list of names and phone numbers will be provided with your volunteer credentials.

Ticket & Merchandise Table
A volunteer must be present at the merchandise table at all times.
Primary responsibilities:
1. Show up Early! (At least 15 minutes before each shift.)
2. Familiarize yourself with the building layout as noted above.
3. Read about the film(s) to be screened during your shift.
4. Keep the Film Festival programs and publicity materials neat and organized.
5. Sell tickets and SSFF merchandise. Take a moment before your shift to familiarize yourself with the SSFF swag and prices.

HQ Assistant
The HQ Assistant is responsible for Festival Hospitality. You are the face of the festival to our visiting filmmakers. This is an all-day position that requires a friendly disposition (even after you’ve been there all day).
Primary responsibilities:
1. Show up Early!
2. Filmmaker check-in (Distribute passes and swag; Escort to Filmmaker Village.)
3. Answer questions about the festival and about Southside Bethlehem.
4. Help with ticket and merchandise sales.

Fill out the online Volunteer Application. All registration (You must register before signing up for shifts.) and shift signup is done through our online portal. 2021 shifts are online, now! If you are already registered as a volunteer, you will receive an email inviting you to sign up for shifts. If you have questions, contact Volunteer Coordinator: Lorraine M. Pasquali volunteer@southsidefilmfestival.com