Festival Volunteer Positions

Become a Film Festival Volunteer!

The Call for Volunteers for the 20th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival is 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, leading up to and including the festival dates. From helping at the box office, to assisting with production, operations and much more, volunteers are a major part of the festival.

Next Volunteer Meeting: April 23rd, 4pm @ LLILAS Benson Library

Festival Dates: May 3rd – May 7th, 2017

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

Volunteer Benefits

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

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

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

NO EXCEPTIONS will be made for volunteers working less than the number of hours needed to earn a film badge. If you are a few hours short of earning a badge, we have several very short shifts (less than 3 hours) that are available.

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/Hospitality
· Special Events
· Technical Assistant/ Projectionist
· Venue Manager
· Driver
· Photographer
· Videographer

Venue Volunteer

Venue Volunteers are the largest group of volunteers at the festival. This group will include an average of 30 individuals who will be the face of the festival to the audience. 
Box office volunteers have the opportunity to experience the festival day to day, getting to know other motivated individuals with keen interests, and become an essential part of the festival staff. 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.

Production Assistant

Production Assistants help make the festival happen! Individuals should have excellent communication and organizational skills, thrive in a rigorous, high-energy, deadline-intensive work environment, be adaptable in potentially stressful situations, 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. Production Assistants must be flexible as they may be asked to swing between production teams. Spanish/English bi-lingual a plus. Reliable transportation required.

Registration / Hospitality

Hospitality works closely with Registration to help answer questions and coordinate services for both international guests and general audiences. 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. Hospitality will also work with drivers to inform guests of transportation schedules.

Special Events

The Special Events volunteers help to make the Cine Las Americas festival events as special as they can be. They are hands-on in the set-up, production and break-down of festival events. Special events volunteers may be asked to work late hours, be on their feet for extended periods of time, and possibly lift 35lbs. TABC certified is a huge plus and bi-lingual in English/Spanish would be helpful. Reliable transportation required.

Technical Assistant/ Projectionist

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

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.


This is an important position that will assist festival organizers in providing transportation services to festival 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 including special events and Q&A’s. They will collect the names of artists, delegates, and guests that are photographed, and organize deliverables with original files for the film festival at the end of the event.

REQUIREMENTS: Access to professional grade photographic equipment. Availability to fulfill a tight production schedule, including prompt 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.

Questions?? Contact volunteers(@)cinelasamericas.org

Cine Las Americas Office
1000 E. 40th St. #A-3
Austin, TX 78751

Phone: (512) 535-0765