Intern and Volunteer Opportunities at Northwest Film Forum


It's no secret that Northwest Film Forum runs on the industry, commitment and creativity of our volunteer corps. Almost anyone can volunteer here: all it takes is a commitment to a regular schedule or regular team assignment, and an understanding that working here isn't like working for a conventional movie theater, on a conventional production team, or in a conventional office environment.

Our cinemas operate with an entirely volunteer projection and box office/concessions staff, and our office runs smoothly with the aid of daytime volunteer help. Shift availability may vary, but chances are there's a spot for you in our ranks. 

We expect our volunteers to be proactive and confident contributors to the overall tenor and functioning of this organization. Volunteering at the Film Forum is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about movies and/or making films on a budget, and a great way to meet fellow filmmakers and film lovers. And of course there are the free/discounted movies, and credit earned toward free equipment rentals and workshops.

Ready to get involved? 
We'd love to know your schedule, interests and cinematic obsessions. Please fill our our volunteer application (see sidebar for download) and email it to volunteer at nwfilmforum.org, or call 206.329.2629 between 10am and 6pm for more information. We are always in need of volunteer support, and we treat—and reward—our volunteers very well.  Thanks for your interest! 

Volunteer Positions

Office Volunteers
Our office volunteers are reliable point people who are the first to greet community members as they enter the building. You should have a working knowledge of our current programs and classes, and be available to answer phones, undertake light cleaning and be open to working on projects, programs and events.  It's important that you feel comfortable working independently and asking staff for tasks that need doing.  Shifts are Monday-Friday and are 4 hours in length, 10am-2pm and 2pm-6pm. 

Box Office & Concessionaires
Our box office staff are hugely important team members, as they have the most direct contact with our patrons.  This job includes customer service, working a cash register, selling concessions and light clean-up duties.  Volunteers should have a basic understanding our our screenings calendar and what the organization does, and should be friendly and extremely reliable.  Shifts are weekend afternoons (varies, usually 12pm-4pm) and every evening (6pm-10pm).  

NWFF Street Team
Want to rack up some extra hours towards workshops and free movies without having to keep a regular office or box office shift?  The Street Team is for you!  This job requires 4 hours a week, but the hours are flexible to fit into your schedule.  Street Team members stop in the Film Forum office once a week to be given posters, postcards, calendars, programs—whatever needs to get out into the city.  Street Team members are the public face of the Film Forum, bringing those printed materials around to coffee shops and other locations in the area.    


We do all we can to make our volunteers feel appreciated. Active volunteers with a regular weekly shift get unlimited free entry to our regularly priced movies.  And every hour you work gets you a $5 credit toward equipment rentals and workshops. Once again, email volunteer at nwfilmforum.org or give us a call at 206.329.2629 for specifics.

Read our volunteer & intern ticket policy here 



Northwest Film Forum offers a limited number of office, production, and exhibition internships throughout the year. Interns work independently on specialized projects and (depending on the position) are normally required to commit at least 10-20 hours per week for the duration of the internship. No experience is necessary, but all interested parties are required to send a resume and cover email. Please email volunteer AT nwfilmforum.org or call 206.329.2629 with any questions.

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Volunteer Coordination Internship – Part-Time Unpaid

Application Deadline: July 24


Northwest Film Forum seeks an outgoing, responsible and detail-oriented person for our part-time, unpaid Volunteer Coordination Internship.  

The volunteer coordinator works with Northwest Film Forum staff to fill volunteer positions (administrative support, box office and concessions, projectionists, internships, film production, special events, work parties and street teams).  In this role, the volunteer coordinator provides a crucial connection point between intern and volunteer corps and staff.

Weekly tasks include:

  • Receiving, reviewing, processing and responding to volunteer applications and inquiries in a timely manner
  • Interviewing prospective volunteers and assigning them an appropriate role within the organization
  • Maintaining a master volunteer schedule and database, and registering active volunteers with volunteer memberships
  • Maintaining regular contact with present, past and potential volunteer base via email and other social media outlets
  • Assist in the planning of an special events requiring extra volunteers, scheduling volunteers for said events and managing them on site

This position is 6-10 hours per week and is unpaid.  Some hours can be worked from home but one regular 2-4 hour shift at the Film Forum office is required. Northwest Film Forum requests a minimum commitment to the position of six months.

We are happy to help in obtaining college credit for this position. Job perks include unlimited free movie screenings at the Film Forum and $5 for every hour worked toward workshops and equipment rentals.

Priority consideration will be given to applicants with previous experience managing a non-profit volunteer program.  Applicants should send resume and cover email to [email protected] by July 24. Short listed candidates will be asked to interview.

Northwest Film Forum's mission is to discover and champion the work of visionary filmmakers, and to engage the general public and artists alike in deeper exploration of the cinematic arts. The Film Forum is Seattle’s premiere film arts organization, screening over 200 independently made and classic films annually, offering a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes (including summer camps for young people), and supporting filmmakers at all stages of their careers. You can learn more at

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Programming Assistant, Children's Film Festival Seattle and Youth Programs

Application Deadline: June 15, 2015


Northwest Film Forum seeks a volunteer intern to assist with programming for the annual Children's Film Festival Seattle, as well as assisting with summer youth programs. 


This person will be able to work well with children, understand the need for care with detail, have knowledge of, and interest in programming, good organizational skills, and want to be part of the Northwest Film Forum team. 

We ask for a 15-20 hour a week commitment through August 2015, with the possibility to extend based on your available time and interests. The internship is unpaid, but job perks include unlimited free movie screenings at the Film Forum and $5 for every hour worked toward class and film equipment rental fees. We are happy to assist with obtaining college credit for this internship.



Duties include: 

- Help research and solicit films for the 11th Annual Children's Film Festival Seattle, scheduled for January, 2015 
- Help organize and serve on festival selection committee 
- Assist at Northwest Film Forum youth filmmaking camps, scheduled for June 23 through August 1, at Northwest Film Forum 
- Help create and edit preliminary festival trailer 
- Help design curriculum and activities for 2016 Festival Children's Juries. 

Good organizational skills a must, helpful to have experience in editing software including Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro. 

Send a cover letter and your resume to Elizabeth Shepherd, [email protected] , with "Programming Assistant CFFS" in the subject line.

For more information visit www.childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org and http://www.nwfilmforum.org/live/page/workshops/3043


Page updated July 2015