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RETURNS MAY 5-8, 2011!





The Maryland Film Festival is now seeking volunteers!  Have fun!  Earn free screening vouchers! Be part of the excitement in Downtown Baltimore, May 5-8, 2011! At the 13th Annual Festival, we need more volunteers than ever to support filmmakers as well as the diverse, eclectic community of film lovers in Baltimore and throughout Maryland. Many volunteer opportunities are available:  Box Office, Tent Village, Filmmakers Lounge, Theatre Ushers, and more! You will be our front line ambassador, greeting guests from around the world!

REQUIREMENTS:  Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, must enjoy serving the public, and must be committed to fulfilling assigned shifts.

BENEFITS TO VOLUNTEERS:  In appreciation of your assistance, you receive an MFF limited edition t-shirt and for each four (4) hour shift worked (and you can work as many shifts as you’d like), you earn a free screening voucher or $5 toward merchandise. Water and light snacks will be provided during your shift. The week after the festival, you are invited to a special “Volunteers Only” screening of one of the most popular films of MFF 2011.

SPREAD THE WORD: Please help us to recruit other committed volunteers.  Inviteyour friends and family, co-workers, fellow students, church members, and others who at least 18 years of age or older!  We can’t have too many volunteers!

HOW TO VOLUNTEER: To receive a volunteer application, please contact us today! If you have already emailed us to sign up, you will receive an application shortly by email.

PLEASE NOTE: The last day of the festival is on Sunday, May 8, 2011, which is Mother’s Day.  Please keep this holiday in mind when you sign up to volunteer.

Street Team Volunteers
Come to the Festival offices and pick up posters to distribute in Baltimore City and other areas. Earn screening vouchers early.

Tech Checks
Report to Tech Supervisor. Work with filmmakers before/during screenings to ensure quality picture and sound presentation. Act as communication liaison between filmmaker and projectionist. See some movies during shift. SOME KNOWLEDGE OF FILM PRESENTATION (including digital) AND A BASIC TECHNICAL VOCABULARY NECESSARY. Students of film and video encouraged to apply.

Filmmakers Lounge Crew
Help with Filmmaker Hospitality, answering questions, etc. Keep areas clean and tidy. Assist MFF staff as necessary.

Tent Village Staff
Work with the public, answering questions, directing foot traffic,emptying trash cans, running errands, assisting Tent Village Coordinator with events. Keep areas tidy, organized.

Box Office Tellers
Sell tickets to festival programs, answer questions about the festival, accurately records ticket sales.  Must be friendly and outgoing and have customer service experience and cash handling experience.
Box Office Captain

Assist the Box Office Manager in training and supporting ticket sales tellers, make certain ticket sales tellers are recording sales properly, handle escalated patron issues, provide change for tellers, and work one shift each day of the festival.Must be friendly and outgoing; have customer service experience and supervisory skills.Must have prior festival experience as a box office teller.Able to work in a fast-paced environment.

Box Office Stand-By Line Captain

Supervise line assistants during the entire festival.  Manage the stand-by line when programs sell-out.  Must be friendly and outgoing, have customer service experience and prior festival experience.

Box Office Call Center Rep

Answer incoming calls to the festival and sell tickets to festival programs.  Must be friendly and outgoing and have customer service/call center experience and good communication skills.

Box Office Line Assistant

Manage the flow of traffic at the main box office. Assist the Stand-By Line Captain during program sell-outs.Must be friendly and outgoing.

Merchandise Table Staff
Sell Merchandise. Interact with the public, answer questions, etc.

“Friends of the Festival” (FOF) Table Staff
Help sell Memberships to become a “Friend of the Festival”. Interact with the public, answer questions, etc. Must be outgoing and friendly, sales experience a plus.


MICA Location Support

Answer questions, direct patron foot traffic, help sell tickets and usher at a very low-key and laid back satellite location, MICA Brown Center.


MD Film Fest Onsite Phone Support

Answer phones, answer questions, provide driving/walking directions, venue information. Provide light administrative support. Report to Film Festival Staff, who will provide training.


Theater Captains


Report to House Manager and assist with crowd flow as patrons enter and exit screenings.


Theater Ushers
Report to Theater Captain on duty. Greet public, answer questions. Tear Tickets, help usher as needed. Help tidy between screenings.

Opening Night Crew

May 5th. 6:30pm – 12am (probably get out

earlier) Help load in and set up opening night party, etc. Enjoy yourself at the gala affair while still helping to keep things running smoothly during the festivities. Help break down.


Closing Night Crew


May 8th. 6:30pm – 12am (probably get out earlier) Help load in and set up, enjoy yourself while providing support for closing night party, also aid in break down.

Monday Clean Up
After the festival, help with the clean up. Traditionally understaffed, yet very important, we will offer extra rewards to those who sign up early.

Volunteer Floaters Who Are Up for Anything!

Assist in covering any of the above positions to ensure coverage, relieve volunteers who need breaks, assist with general cleanliness, and help festival goers who appear lost.  Flexibility and friendliness are key.

Shuttle Drivers
Drive filmmakers and visitors in large passenger vans while in full communication with other drivers and with the Travel and Transportation Coordinator.


Jaimes Mayhew
Transportation & Hospitality Coordinator


For all other positions please contact

Documentary Filmmaker Profile: ALEX GIBNEY

Oscar, Emmy, Peabody, and Grammy award winning producer/director/writer Alex Gibney was recently described by Esquire Magazine as “becoming the most important documentarian of our time.” Gibney came to prominence with his highly acclaimed 2005 feature ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM (Oscar Nominee Best Documentary, Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary, Writers Guild of America Award, official selection Maryland Film Festival 2005). In the years since, Gibney has directed the 2007 Oscar-winner for Best Documentary TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE (which also won a Peabody Award in 2007 and an Emmy in 2009); GONZO: THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON (Sundance 2008; MFF 2008), CASINO JACK AND THE UNITED STATES OF MONEY (Sundance 2010; Maryland Film Festival 2010), and most recently CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELIOT SPITZER. Before turning to feature documentaries, Gibney had great success in television as writer/director /producer of several documentary series. Gibney won an Emmy (1993) and the DuPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism (1994) for directing, writing and producing the 10-part PBS series THE PACIFIC CENTURY. He also served as Series Producer for Executive Producer Martin Scorsese’s THE BLUES, and was awarded a Grammy for his work compiling the 5-disc soundtrack CD to the same series.

Click the link below to see a clip of Gibney in conversation with Charlie Rose about his 2005 film ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM:

Another excellent interview with Gibney on PBS’s Need To Know:

**Call 410.752.8083 to order tickets to see Alex Gibney, Rachel Grady and Stanley Nelson interviewed by Meredith Vieira on January 21st at MFF PRODUCES!**

TICKETS:   $250 (All-Access)/$90 (Conversation and Reception Only)

ANNOUNCING: MFF PRODUCES A Conversation with Meredith Vieira and Award Winning Documentary Filmmakers!!


Meredith Vieira, co-host of NBC’s Today Show, contributing anchor for Dateline NBC, founding moderator and former co-host of The View, and correspondent for Turning Point, West 57th, and Sixty Minutes, will moderate a discussion with award-winning documentary filmmakers on the subject: “Are Documentary Filmmakers the New Journalists?” at this year’s Maryland Film Festival Fundraiser!

Friday, January 21, 2010

MICA, Brown Center

Documentary filmmakers, all alums of the Maryland Film Festival include: Alex Gibney (Oscar winner for TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE, and widely praised for ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM, CASINO JACK, and SPITZER), Rachel Grady (BOYS OF BARAKA, Oscar-nominated JESUS CAMP, and 12TH & DELAWARE), and award-winning and MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient Stanley Nelson (JONESTOWN, FREEDOM RIDERS).

**CALL 410.752.8083 to order tickets**

All Access: including the pre-reception, reserved seats conversation, and a special dinner with Viera and the filmmakers – $250

Conversation and Pre-reception: wine, beer and hors d’ouevres) – $90

Table Hosts: (10 All Access tickets, plus 10 student tickets for the Conversation)  – $5,000

Schedule of the evening:

6pm: Doors open, wine and beer reception

7:15pm: Auction and Conversation with Meridith Vieira, Alex Gibney, Rachel Grady and Stanley Nelson

9pm:All Access ticket-holder dinner with Vieira and the filmmakers in the MICA Main Building

Call for Entries Now Open!

Maryland Film Festival 2011’s Call for Entries is open as of today, through December 15th!

Local Filmmaker Josh Slates profiles MFF on the signal!

Click here to download the podcast of local filmmaker Josh Slates profiling the 2010 Maryland Film Festival on WYPR’s The Signal!