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Overview and Requirements

Volunteering for the VAFF is a wonderful way to give back to your community, meet new friends, and see amazing films and filmmakers. Each year, we look for volunteers to fill the roles listed below:

  • Driver
  • Event Set Up and Breakdown
  • Office Support
  • Panel Discussion Volunteer
  • Party Staff
  • Publicity
  • Screening Venue Usher
  • Venue & Party Manager

View Full Descriptions of our 2021 Volunteer Roles Here

COVID-19 Protocols and Requirements:

  • For Volunteers: We require all volunteers to show proof of being fully vaccinated prior to each volunteer shift. Alternatively, volunteers can submit religious or medical exception form AND provide a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to each volunteer shift. All volunteers are also required to wear masks during shifts, regardless of vaccination status.
  • At VAFF Venues: Masks will be required for all VAFF events held at indoor venues, regardless of vaccination status. In compliance with The Paramount Theater’s policy, VAFF events at The Paramount will require proof of vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to the event, along with a photo ID.

Additional Volunteer Requirements:

  • For those who have volunteered before, you will need to complete a volunteer interest form every year. 
  • Age: The minimum age to volunteer at the VAFF is 15.
  • Training: All volunteers are expected to attend a volunteer training session held prior to the Festival. Exact format, day, and time of this training is TBD.
  • Party Volunteers: All party volunteers must be at least 21 years old.
  • Drivers: All drivers must have a valid driver’s license, agree to a DMV and criminal background check, complete an online form to initiate the required background checks, be familiar with the local area, and be at least 25 years old.

Volunteer Interest Form

To facilitate the process of matching volunteers to the Festival needs this year, we ask all potential volunteers, even returning volunteers, to complete our yearly interest form. We ask you for your contact information, which roles you are particularly interested in, and your availability during the Festival weekend, October 27-31, 2021. Armed with your Interest Form answers, our Volunteer Coordinator, Jenny Gardiner will be in touch with you individually beginning the week of October 4, 2021 as we begin to assign roles.

Please note the following:

  • Pay special attention to entering your email address correctly on our volunteer interest form. After submitting this form, you will receive an automatic confirmation from us. If you do not receive this confirmation within 24 hours of submitting your form, then you likely entered your email address incorrectly and we suggest you either re-apply or contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@virginiafilmfestival.org. Given the volume of applications we receive, if we receive an interest form with an invalid email, we will delete the entry from our database.
  • Submitting an interest form does not guarantee you will be offered a role, as we tend to receive more applications than positions each year.
2021 Volunteer Interest Form

Volunteer Perks

VAFF Volunteers rock! As a way to say thank you, all of our  volunteers will receive:

  • Uniform: A complimentary Volunteer badge, lanyard, and face mask
  • Additional benefits TBD

Please note: You are not considered a volunteer, thus do not qualify for the benefits above, until you are scheduled to work a shift. 

Tools for Volunteers

Once you have received confirmation that you will be a VAFF volunteer, you can use the Festival’s Volunteer Portal via the button below to check your schedule, record your volunteer service hours, and much more…anytime, and from any device.

Additional Volunteer Resources:

Access Volunteer Portal