Festival Volunteer Positions

Become a Film Festival Volunteer!

The Call for Volunteers for the 21st Cine Las Americas International Film Festival is now open!

Now is your chance to get involved in an international event that unites amazing films, talented filmmakers, and passionate audiences in Austin, Texas. Volunteer with Cine Las Americas and do your part to support diversity and artistic excellence!

Cine Las Americas offers a range of volunteer opportunities for qualified individuals, from helping at the box office, to assisting with production, operations, and much more. Volunteers are a major part of the festival.

Want to sign up? Please fill out our Volunteer Form here. We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteer Pre-Festival Meetings

We’re looking forward to working with you and can’t wait to have you on the team!

To participate as a volunteer, you must fill out this form and attend one of our Volunteer Meetings. Volunteer Meetings are scheduled as:

Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:00pm
Saturday, April 21st at 2:00pm

Both meetings will be held in the first floor conference room at the Cine Las Americas headquarters, located at 314 E Highland Mall Blvd.

If you want to be sure you receive email blast info, use this form to sign up for “Cine Las Americas Volunteers” blasts. We send just a few calls a year; no obligation is indicated by signing up to receive the information.

Volunteer Benefits

– Twelve (12) total hours of work = 1 Film Pass

– Twenty (20) total hours of work = 2 Film Passes (one for you and one for a friend)

– NEW FOR 2018: All returning volunteers who complete 20 hours will also receive a one-year Cine Las Americas membership. For details and benefits, click here.

The Cine Las Americas Film Pass grants the holder preferential access to all film screenings at the festival, including Opening and Closing Night. It also includes access to select festival parties, receptions and other special events. Excludes members-only events.

NO EXCEPTIONS will be made for volunteers working less than the number of hours needed to earn a film pass. If you are a few hours short of earning a pass, we have several short shifts available to make up the difference.

Want to sign up? Please fill out our Volunteer Form here.

Volunteer Crews

Browse our list of Volunteer Teams to find out how your talents could become a valuable asset during the festival.

· Venue Volunteer
· Production Assistant
· Registration
· Special Events
· Technical Assistant/ Projectionist
· Venue Manager
· Driver
· Photographer
· Videographer

Venue Volunteer

Venue Volunteers are the largest group of volunteers at the festival. As a venue volunteer, you will be the face of the festival to our guests and to the audience. Venue volunteers will get to experience the festival at the ground level by interacting with our staff, guests and attendees face-to-face on a daily basis. Smiling faces are always appreciated! Duties include selling tickets and merchandise, distributing and collecting audience surveys and audience awards ballots, answering general questions from the public, and ushering for film screenings and events. Spanish/English bilingual a plus.

Production Assistant

Production Assistants are key to helping make the festival happen. Individuals should have excellent communication and organizational skills, thrive in a rigorous, high-energy, deadline-intensive work environment, work well under stress, follow direction well, and be able to problem-solve on the fly. Duties include event production and set-up, driving, customer service and other responsibilities as assigned. Spanish/English bilingual a plus. Reliable transportation required.


Registration volunteers support the Registration and Guest Services Coordinator. They help answer general audience questions about how to attend screenings and events, and they coordinate services for badge holders. Strong communication skills and a helpful attitude are essential for this position. This person should be knowledgeable of festival operations, events and staff, and be able to answer questions about festival activities. Registration and Guest Services also coordinates drivers for invited guests of the festival. Spanish/English bilingual a plus.

Special Events

The Special Events volunteers are involved with the daily events of the festival, including set-up, production and break-down of festival events. Food and beverage service falls in this category. Special events volunteers may be asked to work late hours, stay on their feet for extended periods of time, and do some heavy lifting. TABC certified a huge plus and bilingual in English/Spanish preferred. Reliable transportation required. Event/catering/food-and-beverage experience is also helpful.

Technical Assistant/ Projectionist

Technical assistants are in charge of audio and video at the festival venues. Knowledge of different professional video formats, experience in video projection, ability to perform in a team-oriented environment, and ability to perform calmly while troubleshooting technical issues under pressure are required.

Venue Manager

Venue Managers are organized team leaders who can keep to a tight schedule, work well with a team of volunteers, and provide a superior experience for festival attendees. Experience with customer service, managing event venues, box office and staff preferred.

 Responsibilities include: managing all box office operations including ticket sales, will-call lists, merchandise sales, survey administration, audience counts, box office reports, and directing a staff of volunteers in order to provide a seamless experience for film festival audiences. Venue Managers are responsible for keeping the screening schedule on time, working closely with the Production Manager. Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred. Reliable transportation required.


This is an important position that will assist festival organizers in providing transportation services to international guests. Must be mature, friendly, reliable, organized, and schedule-oriented. Able to meticulously follow direction, maintain a schedule and perform well under pressure. Must know Austin very well, especially downtown. Must own reliable transportation with valid insurance. Valid Texas Driver’s license with a clean driving record. Bilingual English/Spanish a plus.


Photographers will document key events during the festival. These volunteers must be able to plan all shoots from general concept to finished product. They will collect the names of artists, delegates, and guests that are photographed, and organize deliverables with original files for the film festival during and at the end of the event. Photographers are required to have access to professional grade photographic equipment. They must also have the availability to fulfill a tight production schedule, including nightly processing, upload and delivery.


The event Videographer will video tape key events during the festival. They must be able to take direction while exercising creativity to capture the feel of each event. Prompt uploading of original festival footage to our festival Dropbox account is required by the end of the festival.

REQUIREMENTS: At least one year of experience in video production (shooting, interviewing), access to own professional grade video camera, and ability to upload video clips promptly by the end of the festival is a must. Submitting a work sample is a plus.

Want to sign up? Please fill out our Volunteer Form here.

If you have any questions, please direct them to our Volunteer Coordinator, Tom Santos, at volunteers@cinelasamericas.org.