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Sundance Film Festival Jobs … CA and UT

If you’re interested in working in some capacity for the Sundance Film Festival, you can check in at the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL JOB MANAGER and see what’s available. There are employment opportunities in California and Utah. There are opportunities that run the duration of the festival and longer term commitments that may last several months.

waitlistSundanceThe Sundance Film Festival Job Manager is an online job board that lets users create / upload their resume and apply for jobs for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Positions that are filled relatively quickly. If you are interested in applying for any of the positions, you will need to begin by registering! Click here to register!

Examples of the sorts of jobs that might be available include:

Assistant Coordinator, Press Materials, Closing Date: 11/18/2009, Park City, UT;
Assistant II, Production, Closing Date: 12/09/2009, Park City, UT;
Coordinator, Ticketing Helpdesk; Closing Date: 10/07/2009, Park City, UT;
Coordinator, Transportation; Closing Date: 11/04/2009, Park City, UT;
Editorial Intern, Closing Date: 11/06/2009, Los Angeles, CA;
Marketing Intern, Closing Date: 11/03/2009, Park City, UT;

Sundance Institute strongly believes in strength in diversity and actively encourages applications from women, people of color, differently abled people and all persons who support the Institute’s mission. Positions are constantly be added. Check in on the website for latest openings!

Sundance for Free … Volunteer

The economy is tight but you can still attend the 2010 Sundance Festival and, if you’re willing to get your hands dirty, you can practically do it for FREE. The Sundance Volunteer Program is an excellent way to understand the inner workings of the festival, meet a bazillion filmmakers, be the first to see the best indie films and get a really warm, collectible jacket. The 2010 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 21 through 31 and your chances of getting in are pretty good. For the 1,500 positions, they typically receive about 3,000 applications. Mathematically, you’ve got a 50/50 shot at a volunteer position … and there are different volunteer options.

Volunteer Options

Sign-Up Volunteers, 24+ hours, you sign up for your schedule:
Commit to a minimum total of 24 volunteer hours, sign up for more hours as you desire-minimum of three to six shifts (depending on shift lengths) during the Festival. Sign up in advance for specific shift times of your choosing, as available. Attend pre-Festival trainings and New Volunteer Orientation.

Full-Time Volunteers, 80+ hours, we assign a Full-Time schedule:
Commit to a pre-assigned Festival schedule of eight to 10 hours each day (approximate total of 80-90 volunteer hours).
Be available to work the entire Festival period as determined by job assignment (varies). Attend pre-Festival trainings.

Volunteer Benefits

Volunteers are essential to the Festival. We recognize the time they devote to the Festival and provide benefits to volunteers as a thank you for volunteer service. Benefits are provided in conjunction with the number of hours volunteered, and for Full-Time Volunteers, the skills needed for the position held.

All Volunteers:
Festival Access: Volunteer Credentials allow access to Festival panels and some official Festival venues on a space-available basis (similar credential costs $200). We also offer a few screenings just for volunteers. volunteerJacketsMost of all, we want to be sure volunteers can see films. For almost every screening, we set aside a certain number of tickets only for volunteers. Film access depends on the number of hours volunteered:

  • 24 hours: Receive one volunteer voucher for every four hours volunteered. Volunteer vouchers are redeemable for one film ticket for the volunteer through the volunteer or waitlist line as space is available. Vouchers and credentials are non-transferable and must be used by the volunteer with their credential.
  • 40 hours: Benefits above, plus two guest waitlist ticket vouchers. Another guest voucher can be earned at 60 hours.
  • 80 hours/Full-Time: Vouchers are replaced by a volunteer photo credential, allowing the volunteer access to unlimited Festival screenings through the volunteer line on a space available basis (when not volunteering, of course!). Also four guest waitlist ticket vouchers, if local/providing own lodging.

Uniform: Jacket and Volunteer Credential.
Party: Ticket to the Staff and Volunteer Opening Night Party.
Refreshments such as bagels and other snacks will be provided at the offices, venues, and theatres where volunteers are working.

Email: volunteers@sundance.org
Reception Phone: (435) 658-3456
Volunteer Hotline: (435) 776-7870
For more information: Sundance Site FAQ

Telluride Film Festival Underway

The 36th annual Telluride Film Festival has begun! The festival is always over Labor Day Weekend up the gorgeous mountains of Colorado. One of the most breathtakingly beautiful drives you’ll ever take (followed by an almost certain altitude headache for a few hours) puts you elbow to elbow with some of the most talented filmmakers working today.

One thing that is unusual (and, at times, irritating) is that they do NOT announce the festival program until the festival opens. So, you have no idea what (or who) you might be seeing at the festival until you’re actually there. Like Sundance, Telluride appeals to filmmakers because they can do business finchertffAND have a vacation in a gorgeous place at the same time. The Festival Program for Telluride was released today and you can download it now and see who you could have bumped into.

I am already distressed to see that David Fincher will be honored this year. There are typically three (3) Tributes at Telluride; special programs featuring the works of the honoree AND opportunities to hear them discussed how and why they made the films they did. I love Fincher and notice they’re showing the Director’s Cut of ZODIAC.

They’re also honoring film critic Richard Schickel. And they’ve expanded the animation section.

Short Filmmakers BEST Shot at Success

Short filmmakers who are committed to being successful and catapulting their film career into motion have an amazing resource available to them. Roberta Munroe, Short Film ExpertFormer Sundance programmer Roberta Munroe has written a book entitled HOW NOT TO MAKE A SHORT FILM. During her five-year stint at Sundance, Roberta watched THOUSANDS of short films. She’s seen every mistake, every cliche, every bad choice beginning filmmakers make. And, she’s seen the films that shine, that stand out from the crowd, the films that launch careers.

If you’re thinking about making a short film, RUN (don’t walk) to the nearest bookstore. The book is a bible for short filmmakers. Among the things Roberta covers: How Not To Make A Short Filmhow to keep your story fresh, getting your story to the right length, finding and keeping a great producer, finding the money, getting the talent, getting into an A-tier festival and using your film to launch your career. It is simply excellent. There’s even a cliche list of things to avoid. It is painful to find something you wrote on the list but infinitely better than losing a shot at a festival because you didn’t know every lame short has that cliche in it. Get the book. Read the book.

There’s even a better option for short filmmakers. Roberta offers a one-on-one consulting service. She’ll review your script, let you know if it’s worth your time and effort to make and, if it is, offer notes and detailed advice on how to strengthen it for the A-tier film circuit. If you’re working on a feature, she can help you with that as well.

I sent her a short script I’d been loving for a couple of years and the guys were wanting to shoot. Before we committed the time to do it (because we have so many other projects going on), I wanted to get her thoughts on it. She was direct and thorough in her analysis of the characters and the story. She offered concrete suggestions (without rewriting it or making it her story) to bring it up a notch. She cut to the chase and now I’m more enthused than ever about doing it. More importantly, the film will be stronger because of her input.

So, if you’re a short filmmaker, read the book and consider having Roberta read your material. It may make the difference between a tepid response and a rapid rise in the festival circuit.

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