The Afrika Eye film festival offers a range of volunteer roles for people wanting to gain experience in film festival management.  We provide opportunities for undergraduates to gain necessary work experience to complete their course; for young professionals to help understand/get into the industry or for members of the public to simply engage with the festival and their local community more.

We actively encourage volunteers who are passionate and have their own drive and ideas to develop different strands of the festival and its year-round presence in interesting, innovative ways. We encourage volunteers to let us know of specific skills they have (both professional and personal) and would like to bring to the role.

We also welcome whatever amount of time individuals can offer, whether it is a few hours over the festival weekend or a more long-term commitment. In some cases we are able to offer an internship.

553189_10201485254030755_1345180116_nSome of the areas that volunteers can get involved with:

  • Event management (all aspects of the festival – admin / research / logistics etc.)
  • Marketing and press (Social media, copywriting, programme development, web design, filming a trailer)
  • Silent Film project (This year, we are screening a rare, South African silent film from 1927. There are events surrounding its screening)
  • Educational strands (including workshops in schools and during the festival)
  • Programming (how films are chosen, then locating and getting hold of them. One of our themes this year is South Africa)
  • Pop up screenings in other venues before the festival PLUS Gorilla screenings around Bristol
  • Archiving
  • Individual (volunteer) suggestions

We are very aware that volunteers become the public face of the festival once it actually begins and so we try to make them a part of the team as much as possible. The volunteer team meets Afrika Eye members before the festival so that they are aware of our aims, strengths and challenges. This creates a more rewarding working environment and ensures that the festival going public are handled in an efficient and considered manner.

This year we aim to thank our volunteers by holding a private screening of the festival’s opening film (which is always sold out) after the festival. It’s also a good chance to catch up and get their feedback on how they found their experience.

If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to: afrikaeye@gmail.com