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The Miami Film Festival prides itself on being an iconic cultural event for Miami, and a growing festival on the world scene.

With a small core team working year-round and for the extended season, we bring on dedicated people to help activate all the moving parts of the festival itself.

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Careers

We foster a culture of trust, strong work ethic, reliability and quality. All team members are expected to uphold high standards of customer service and presentation value.

Transportation Coordinator (Seasonal, Full-Time)

Position dates: February 24, 2020 – March 18, 2020

Transportation Coordinator is responsible for facilitating logistical local transportation needs based on guest travel accommodations, programming schedule, and other official festival events.

Responsibilities

  • Serving as secondary point of contact for all guest travel needs and requests during the festival
  • Working with guest services coordinator to schedule and dispatch all ground transportation needs, including airport arrivals, departures, and guest movements during the festival
  • Working with guest services coordinator to manage festival’s airport team and logistics
  • Working with festival’s transportation company to train, schedule and supervise driver team
  • Organizing and providing necessary driver materials, including maps, schedule and contact lists
  • Working with Miami Dade College’s Public Safety to coordinate vehicles’ daily in and out schedule from parking lot
  • Tracking driver labor hours during the festival to submit for post-festival payment
  • Managing toll, gas and car-wash expenses during the festival to stay within pre-determined budget
  • Handling all vehicle issues that may arise, including ticket citations, vehicle towing, and crashes
  • Arranging festival rental vehicles delivery and return
  • Providing wrap-up report

Emphasis will be placed on creating a top-notch guest experience and following a highly organized transportation system in an intense, high-energy environment. Candidates must be over the age of 25, possess a valid driver’s license, be extremely detail oriented and always exhibit flexibility and a positive outlook. English/Spanish bilingualism preferred.

Extended hours and weekend work will be required leading up to and during the Festival.


To apply, please email resume and cover letter to maria@miamifilmfestival.com.

Airport Greeters (Short-Term)

Position dates: March 6, 2020 – 15, 2020

Airport Greeters are responsible for successfully ensuring all guest arrivals.

Responsibilities

  • Welcoming festival guests at Miami International Airport as they exit their terminals
  • Working proactively with Festival Guest Services Department, as well as Miami International Airport and American Airlines Service Agents, to ensure timely and efficient guest arrivals
  • Working with transportation coordinator to ensure proper driver arrivals
  • Assisting guests with any questions and concerns
  • Other duties, as assigned

Emphasis will be placed on creating a top-notch guest experience and following a highly organized travel system in an intense, high-energy environment. Candidates must be extremely detail oriented, and always exhibit flexibility and a positive outlook. English/Spanish bilingualism preferred.

Must be able to attend festival’s training/orientation session taking place prior to March 6, 2020. Please note this role requires being available at irregular hours as it is subject to airport arrival times.


To apply, please email resume and cover letter to maria@miamifilmfestival.com.

Intern at the Miami Film Festival & Tower Theater Miami

The Miami Film Festival offers year-round internship programs designed to provide students with experience, knowledge and skills in the operation of a cultural destination event.

MDC’s Tower Theater Miami is the festival’s year-round art house cinema and is considered one of the top ten theaters in the states according to USA Today.

Internships for summer and fall are available in:

  • Programming, Filmmaker Services & Film Industry Office
  • Industry Office
  • Hospitality and Special Events
  • Volunteer Management
  • General Office
  • Graphic Design
  • Operations
  • Marketing and Outreach
  • Press Operations
  • Corporate Relations and Development
  • Membership (Miami Film Society)
    • Miami Film Society internships run January 2020  – April 2020
    • Applicant must be able to commit at least 15 hours each week leading up to and after the festival, as well as all 10 festival days during March 6-15, 2020 at one of six venues.
    • Interns interact directly with Miami Film Society members via telephone and in person at festival events, in order to maximize their festival experience.
    • Duties include:
      • Helping place ticket orders
      • Issuing membership cards
      • Providing information regarding membership benefits and future events

All internships require a strong degree of responsibility and are supervised to facilitate learning and experience. They are designed to provide a broad understanding of various work settings work styles.


Internships are unpaid but can be used toward credit requirements.

To apply for a Miami Film Festival or Tower Theater Miami internship, ensure that you fulfill the requirements:

  1. 12-16 week commitment (start and end dates listed under Terms)
  2. Minimum 15 hours per week

Select your top three department choices, in order of preference, for your internship (e.g. Filmmaker Services, Marketing and Outreach, Tower Theater Operations, Press Operations, etc.)


Submit resume, cover letter and references, as well your department choices to Internships at info@miamifilmfestival.com.

For more information on the Miami Film Festival and Tower Theater Miami, call 305-237-FILM (3456).

Summer: dates flexible
Fall semester: August 21, 2019 – December 15, 2019
2020 spring semester: January 8, 2020 – April 30, 2020

The Miami Film Festival and MDC’s Tower Theater Miami internships are temporary assignments that last approximately 12-16 weeks. Internships occurring during a given academic year typically require a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week. However, the hours and length of the internship can be adjusted depending on the needs of the department and the availability of the student.

Internship terms

  • Interns are required to submit a resume, cover letter and three references. All requests for internship are reviewed by the appropriate department. Candidates who meet the needs outlined by a department are interviewed in person.
  • At the end of the internship, participants are asked to complete an internship program evaluation form. Additionally, the participant’s supervisor will complete an appraisal form. Any and all institutional paperwork will be completed to ensure credit requirements are met, if applicable.
  • Internships take place at the Miami Film Festival offices, located on the fourth floor of the Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 or at MDC’s Tower Theater Miami, 1508 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135 in Historic Little Havana.

Volunteer for the Miami Film Festival

We welcome returning and brand-new volunteers alike. Festival volunteers are people who:

  • Love film
  • Love community engagement
  • Love special events
  • Love Miami.

If you fit the bill, prepare for 10 exciting days on a stellar team of volunteers that make the Miami Film Festival a remarkable experience for all those film lovers!

Volunteer Captains: With so many enthusiastic volunteers at Festival theaters, Volunteer Captains take the lead in helping to orient their peers. Captains should have enough knowledge of the Festival to know a few answers off the top of their heads and quickly catch on to the culture of the Festival. Captains help spread the excitement to fellow volunteers, check-in volunteers and give a brief training at the beginning of their shifts, covering the particulars of their venues. Captains act as assistants to Theater Managers and should be prepared to sign up for the most shifts.

Ushers: You can be on the front lines of the Festival! This is by far the job that requires the most helping hands. With six screening venues, we need many volunteers to become part of a cohesive team that helps scan tickets, hands out ballots, and helps people into the theater to find their seats. Ushers will report to Theater Managers, and are vital in ensuring the public experience in our venues is safe, welcoming, orderly, and as smooth as possible! People with smiling faces and strong customer service skills, who don’t mind being on their feet, are best in these positions.

Line Captains: Working closely with our Theater Managers, Line Captains will be on crowd-control duty, helping our excited patrons line up to enter the screening venues. Oftentimes, each screening will have a separate line for ticket holders, ticket buyers, Miami Film Society members, and Rush Line, buyers. We need active, quick-moving volunteers that are natural leaders with loud, strong voices, to help communicate to the crowds which line they should be in, and what information they need to hear as they enter the theater. Many times it’s repeating the message that gets the job done! Line Captains will work mostly afternoons or evenings at any of our screening venues.

Sharp Shooters: Try as we might, we can’t be everywhere! So we need extra sets of lenses helping us capture the action. Become a volunteer photographer for the Festival, and you can keep the credit on all your photos, get exposure, and help us cover ground. Send us your website or Flickr gallery, and if you’ve got the skills, we’ll provide you with a shooting schedule, and post your best resulting work as part of our daily content and archives. Work closely with our social media & marketing team and really make an impact!

Orientation

Mandatory orientation for volunteers to receive details on positions and information within the festival. Click below for signup.

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

Festival Headquarters

The 37th edition of the acclaimed Miami Film Festival will be based for operations out of the JW Marriott Marquis Miami March 6 – 5, 2020.

Be a part of the behind the scenes operations at our base location, the JW Marriott Marquis hotel. Our film office needs include, but are not limited to, Festival check-ins, issuing credentials, packaging and print and liaison duties for festival attendees. Click below for signup.

HEADQUARTER VOLUNTEER
HEADQUARTER VOLUNTEER

Theaters

Be on the front lines of the Festival and help with crowd-control as our excited patrons line up to enter the screening rooms and ensure the public experience is safe, welcoming, orderly, and as smooth as possible. Click below for signup.

SILVERSPOT CINEMA
SILVERSPOT CINEMA
MDC'S TOWER THEATER MIAMI
MDC'S TOWER THEATER MIAMI
CORAL GABLES ART CINEMA
CORAL GABLES ART CINEMA
PÉREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI
PÉREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI

Print Traffic Coordinator

Position dates: January 17, 2020 – March 27, 2020
Pay rate: TBD

The Print Traffic Coordinator position for the 37th edition of the Miami Film Festival has a wide array of tasks intended to assist the Film & Industry Office in the handling of all film copies and screenings for the festival.

Pre-Festival Responsibilities

  • Prepare email and documentation to send to film parties when requesting DCPs and KDMs.
  • Email all film parties requesting their DCPs and KDMs, including shipping instructions and print traffic form.
  • Maintain the print tracking database (using internal database and shared documents) and continuously report on print status for all films confirmed in the Festival’s line-up. 
  • Track shipping and receiving of DCPs, Blu-rays, digital files, including which party is taking care of the cost of inbound and outbound shipping.
  • Collect return addresses and prepare to return screening copies as requested by the film parties and as agreed with the Festival.
  • In case of films with guests attending who are also the party providing the screening copy, coordinate with the Film Office to hand the copy to the guest before her/his departure.
  • Work with the Technical Director to liaise with the Projectionists on each venue to deliver the screening copies in a timely manner to allow for tech checks and CPL creation. 
  • Create a transportation grid and coordinate the movement of copies between venues before, during and after the Festival.
  • Assist the Technical Director with tech checks in different venues as requested.
  • Assist the Film Office reviewing the final schedule to spot any issues based on venue and screening copy.
  • Assist the Technical Director as needed and keep clear reports on all screening copies to present them at team meetings.

Festival Responsibilities

  • Transport screening copies in between venues based on the grid prepared pre-Festival.
  • Prepare screening copies to be returned, and coordinate with the Hospitality Suite to hand copies to guests who are willing to travel back with their screening copies.
  • Assist the Technical Director in the different venues as requested.

Post-Festival Responsibilities

  • Before returning any screening copy check with the Director of Events Programming to review which films should be ingested in the Tower Theater.
  • Return all screening copies within 10 days after the Festival.
  • Keep clear records of shipping expenses, tracking numbers and confirmations of copies received by film parties, and make them accessible to the Film Office and Executive Director.
  • Write a wrap report and attend a post-mortem meeting with the Film Office and the final debrief meeting with the entire team.

Timeline

  • Friday, January 17
    • Request from the Technical Director the information on the servers to be provided to film parties to request KDMs.
    • Prepare and get approval on the email to request DCPs and KDMs.
    • Export and get approval on the list of contacts of film parties to be emailed the DCP and KDM request.
    • Work with Technical Director in preparing the tracking document for all films.
  • Monday, January 20
    • Send email request and instructions for DCPs.
  • Monday, January 20 – Monday January 27
    • Push to receive all DCPs for the Shorts Award competition.
    • Assist the Technical Director preparing the playlist for Jury screening of the Shorts Award.
  • Tuesday, January 21
    • Liaise with EFP and Unifrance to coordinate the shipping of all Mercado DCPs.
  • Wednesday, January 22 – Friday, February 28
    • Send daily report on DCPs received.
    • Coordinate ingesting and testing of all DCPs for all venues except SilverSpot.
    • Request all CinemaSlam screening copies.
    • Assist the Technical Director creating CPLs and preparing playlists for all the venues.
    • Track and send to the Technical Director all Aspera links.
    • Enter in Eventival all notes of the tech checks and create a revision record.
  • Monday, February 3 to Friday, February 14:
    • Send daily reminders to unresponsive film parties with the deadline to receive the DCPs.
  • Friday, February 14 – Friday, February 28:
    • Coordinate ingesting and testing of all DCPs at SilverSpot.
    • Enter in Eventival all notes of the tech checks and create a revision record.
  • Friday, February 28 – Friday, March 6:
    • Print tech specs for all screenings, including the playlists, to be distributed in all the venues.
    • Create a traffic movement record to be shared with all the venues and executed during the Festival.
    • Review all KDM information and request any additional ones if necessary.

Please send your resume and cover letter to ncalzada@mdc.edu

Film Office Coordinator

Position dates: January 6, 2020 – March 30, 2020
Pay rate: TBD

The Film Office Coordinator position for the 37th edition of MDC’s Miami Film Festival has a wide array of tasks intended to facilitate communication with officially selected film parties and to assist producing all information and materials pertaining to the films and guests attending to be used by other Festival Departments.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with the following tasks regarding materials:
    • Follow up on film form and materials request to ensure they are complete.
    • Categorize, label and organize all the materials received.
    • Review the dimensions of film posters and send them to print.
    • Label, organize and hand all film posters to the Operations Department, to be transported to the venues.
    • Prepare the trailers and create a playlist on the Youtube channel.
    • Create the video library, prepare and keep updated the lists to share with industry and press.
    • Prepare links for Jury members.
    • Prepare links for the Trailer and Poster Awards to be shared with the Jury.
    • Prepare and send materials for awards ceremony content.
    • Liaise with EFP and UniFrance to coordinate all the needs of Mercado’s screenings, meetings and guest needs.
  • Assist with the following tasks regarding schedule:
    • Keep the status of each film updated in the database, including all communication and announcement status.
    • Prepare cards with each invited title for the scheduling process.
    • Prepare the board for the scheduling process.
    • Enter schedule in the database and keep it updated.
    • Keep all relevant contacts for each title updated in the database.
    • Prepare all necessary information in the database to communicate to film parties their screening schedule.
    • Prepare a list of films to be contacted with screening schedule, including the names of the people to be contacted for approval.
    • Prepare and print all versions of the schedule for team meetings to discuss the feasibility of the proposed screening times.
    • Assist preparing Jury and Mercado schedules and communicate them to the parties involved.
    • Prepare links for Jury members and follow up on their availability.
    • Liaise with the Technical Director and the Print Traffic Coordinator to provide contacts and details of the negotiations and agreements with film parties to get screening copies in and out of the Festival.
  • Assist with guests in the following capacities:
    • Track all accreditation requests, and keep an updated list of guests attending the Festival.
    • Print accreditations.
    • Prepare agendas and welcome packages.
    • Collect hotel/accommodation and local contact information for all accredited talent.
    • Prepare the “Who Is Who” in Eventival and grant access to all guests.
    • Prepare daily emails with activities, guests, pictures. Exciting information for guests during the Festival.
    • Prepare welcome packages for Industry, Talent, Jury, Speakers.
    • Assist the Press Office with red carpet schedules, photos and names.
    • Communicate to all Talent, Jury, Mercado and Speakers their red carpet schedule and their individual agendas.
  • Hospitality suite:
    • Work with the Operations Department to prepare the suite:
        • Signage
        • Printer, paper, labels, lanyards
        • Prepare volunteer schedule to assist with the operation of the Hospitality Suite and with liaising with guest and transportation.
        • Prepare enough personal for individual welcoming of guests and to offer personalized attention to guests participating in special events: private meetings, red carpets, intros/Q&As, press days, etc.
    • Assist the Press Office in coordinating interviews, press days, photo shoots, etc and incorporate them into guests’ personalized agendas.
    • Liaise with the Jury Coordinator, the Operations Department, the Press Office, to inform guests of their commitments, to request reimbursements and transportation needs.
  • Post-Festival:
    • Prepare a detailed summary of self-paid guests.
    • Submit forms with signatures of guest who picked up their packages and accreditations.
    • Prepare a detailed report on all the steps/tasks leading up and during the Festival

Please send your resume and cover letter to ncalzada@mdc.edu

Miami Film Society Coordinator (Seasonal)

The Miami Film Society Coordinator works with Miami Film Society to:

  1. Retain, renew and attract Miami Film Society members;
  2. Provide customer care to members before and during the Miami Film Festival.

This position requires an enthusiasm for film, selling skills and customer service abilities. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are required, some background in marketing and promotions preferred. Knowledge of Miami’s communities and general office skills are beneficial.

Responsibilities

  • Build and retain the membership of Miami Film Society through regular contact and interaction with members and potential members:
    • Promotion of member benefits
    • Upcoming programs and screenings
    • Reservations management
    • Miami Film Festival ticket processing for members
    • On-site customer service and troubleshooting
    • Outreach to condos and homeowner associations for brochure distribution
    • Miami Film Festival member packages assembly and mailings
  • Become as familiar as possible with festival film and event content as the information is made available. Watch screeners, trailers and research films when possible. Familiarity with films will be vital for connecting appropriate members to relevant content. Remember to be careful with confidentiality of the titles prior to the official media announcements.
  • During Miami Film Society screenings (if applicable):
    • Manage check in or reserved seating
    • Assist in other areas as needed
  • During Miami Film Festival:
    • Continue to process member ticket orders as needed
    • Maintain reservations lists for all screenings and events
    • Manage early entry line or reserved seating at designated venues
    • Assist Miami Film Society members with questions, concerns or issues
    • Assist other team members as needed and possible.
  • Post-Festival
    • Write wrap report, evaluating your position and document suggestions for improvement.

Please send your resume to egreenef@mdc.edu

Operations Coordinator (Seasonal, Part-Time)

Position dates: January 20 – March 19, 2020

Operations Coordinator is responsible for day-to-day assignments, facilitating communications between departments and successfully activating events during the festival.

Responsibilities

  • Serving as secondary point of contact for all festival vendor/contractor requests and needs
  • Confirming activations and special filmmaker requests and making sure that they’re noted on the master grid
  • Tracking changes leading up to the festival, updating materials as needed and properly communicating to all appropriate parties
  • Organizing all necessary venue materials, including equipment, schedules, signage, etc.
  • Overseeing all festival logistics and operations at event venues, including:
    • Working with operations department to ensure timely and efficient load-in, set-up, and breakdown logistics
    • Working with sponsorship department to ensure sponsor benefits are handled
    • Working with box office assistants to ensure that ticketing and special event operations remain seamless
    • Handling all patron, vendor, and sponsor concerns at the venue
    • Other duties, as assigned

Emphasis will be placed on creating a top-notch guest and patron experience. Candidate should be friendly, outgoing, and a strong communicator with ability to function in dynamic, high-energy, and high-pressure situations while maintaining a calm, professional demeanor. Significant experience in managing event is a plus. English/Spanish bilingualism also a plus.

Please note this role requires being available at irregular hours as it is subject to specific venue hours.


To apply, please email resume and cover letter to maria@miamifilmfestival.com and michelle@miamifilmfestival.com.

Theater Managers (Short-Term)

Position dates: March 6, 2020 – March 15, 2020

Theater Managers oversee the successful operation of all front-of-house activity at festival venues.

Responsibilities

  • Serving as primary point of contact at assigned festival venue
  • Overseeing all festival logistics and operations at venue, including:
    • Working with festival’s and venue’s respective technical teams to implement tech checks and ensure quality projection, audio, lighting and transitions for intros, Q&As and special stage programs
    • Working with in-house ticketing coordinator and box office assistants to ensure that ticketing and theater operations remain seamless
    • Working with volunteer coordinators to ensure sufficient flow of volunteers for theaters to cover all dates and screening times
    • Working with operations department to determine which screenings require special set-up and activations
    • Working with sponsorship department to ensure sponsor benefits are handled
    • Working with guest services department to determine which screenings will have talent in attendance, require introduction and/or Q&A sessions, and special reserved seating
    • Working with press department to organize red carpets, photos, interviews, etc.
    • Working with membership department to ensure member benefits are handled
  • Managing line and crowd control
  • Handling all guest and patron concerns at the theater
  • Ensuring ballots for every eligible screening are accounted for and submitted
  • Completing screening reports and communicating information to appropriate team members
  • Managing load-in and load-out of all equipment and material
  • Other duties, as assigned

Emphasis will be placed on creating a top-notch guest and patron experience. Candidates should be friendly, outgoing, and a strong communicator with a commitment to customer service. Candidate must be experienced in working in dynamic, high-energy environments, problem solving, public speaking, and working/communicating with a team. English/Spanish bilingualism is a plus.

Must be able to attend festival’s training/orientation session taking place prior to March 6, 2020.


To apply, please email resume and cover letter to maria@miamifilmfestival.com and michelle@miamifilmfestival.com.

Transportation Coordinator (Seasonal, Full-Time)

Position dates: February 24, 2020 – March 18, 2020

Transportation Coordinator is responsible for facilitating logistical local transportation needs based on guest travel accommodations, programming schedule, and other official festival events.

Responsibilities

  • Serving as secondary point of contact for all guest travel needs and requests during the festival
  • Working with guest services coordinator to schedule and dispatch all ground transportation needs, including airport arrivals, departures, and guest movements during the festival
  • Working with guest services coordinator to manage festival’s airport team and logistics
  • Working with festival’s transportation company to train, schedule and supervise driver team
  • Organizing and providing necessary driver materials, including maps, schedule and contact lists
  • Working with Miami Dade College’s Public Safety to coordinate vehicles’ daily in and out schedule from parking lot
  • Tracking driver labor hours during the festival to submit for post-festival payment
  • Managing toll, gas and car-wash expenses during the festival to stay within pre-determined budget
  • Handling all vehicle issues that may arise, including ticket citations, vehicle towing, and crashes
  • Arranging festival rental vehicles delivery and return
  • Providing wrap-up report

Emphasis will be placed on creating a top-notch guest experience and following a highly organized transportation system in an intense, high-energy environment. Candidates must be over the age of 25, possess a valid driver’s license, be extremely detail oriented and always exhibit flexibility and a positive outlook. English/Spanish bilingualism preferred.

Extended hours and weekend work will be required leading up to and during the Festival.


To apply, please email resume and cover letter to maria@miamifilmfestival.com.

Volunteer Coordinator (Seasonal, Full-Time)

Position dates: January 13, 2020 – March 20, 2020

Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for overseeing all designated areas of festival volunteers.

Responsibilities

  • Serving as primary point of contact for all volunteer-related requests and needs
  • Working with multiple departments to determine volunteer needs at different locations before, during, and post-festival
  • Working with operations and sponsorship to ensure all volunteer materials are available, including credentials, t-shirts, snacks and rewards
  • Devising, managing, and implementing a plan to fill all festival volunteer positions
  • Organizing and running volunteer recruitment events
  • Creating, publishing and managing volunteer shift schedules
  • Planning and hosting volunteer training and orientation sessions
  • Supervising all volunteer activity during the festival, to ensure that all Festival and volunteer needs are met
  • Assisting at festival venues when needed
  • Providing wrap-up report

Emphasis will be placed on creating a top-notch volunteer, guest, and patron experience. Candidates should be friendly, outgoing, and a strong communicator with a commitment to customer service. Candidate must also be detail-oriented and be able to function in dynamic, high energy and high pressure situations while maintaining a calm, professional demeanor. Significant experience managing groups of people is a plus. English/Spanish bilingualism also a plus.

Extended hours and weekend work will be required leading up to and during the Festival.


To apply, please email resume and cover letter to maria@miamifilmfestival.com.

Airport Greeters (Short-Term)

Position dates: March 6, 2020 – 15, 2020

Airport Greeters are responsible for successfully ensuring all guest arrivals.

Responsibilities

  • Welcoming festival guests at Miami International Airport as they exit their terminals
  • Working proactively with Festival Guest Services Department, as well as Miami International Airport and American Airlines Service Agents, to ensure timely and efficient guest arrivals
  • Working with transportation coordinator to ensure proper driver arrivals
  • Assisting guests with any questions and concerns
  • Other duties, as assigned

Emphasis will be placed on creating a top-notch guest experience and following a highly organized travel system in an intense, high-energy environment. Candidates must be extremely detail oriented, and always exhibit flexibility and a positive outlook. English/Spanish bilingualism preferred.

Must be able to attend festival’s training/orientation session taking place prior to March 6, 2020. Please note this role requires being available at irregular hours as it is subject to airport arrival times.


To apply, please email resume and cover letter to maria@miamifilmfestival.com.