The Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is the longest-running underground film festival in the world. Now in our 23rd year, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do each year without the help of all of our unpaid interns and volunteers. For the most part, CUFF manages to bring about exceptional programs, parties and events with the help of a few hard-working volunteers committed to CUFF’s mission of supporting film and video makers with defiantly independent visions. Most of our team are also independent filmmakers, who started off as volunteers for the festival and have continued on to work tirelessly to bring about one of the cultural mainstays of the Chicago film scene.
Now is your chance to get involved and learn more about how a film festival works and to help make the 23rd CUFF the best year yet! CUFF would not be possible without the help of our many interns and volunteers, and for that we are eternally grateful. Though these positions are unpaid, we compensate you for your time in the form of free tickets to screenings, free drinks, swag and lots more!
We are looking for dedicated, spunky individuals to help out in the following areas:
Hospitality is responsible for making sure all of our filmmakers, VIPs and specials guests are greeted, checked in and provided with the best festival experience of their lives. Excellent organizational skills required.
At the hospitality table, volunteers will also be responsible for selling merchandise, both CUFF merch and filmmaker’s merch. You will be responsible for handling money, keeping track of inventory and setting up and closing down at the beginning and end of each day.
The hospitality table is the go-to place for all of our guests, so excellent customer service is a must.
Drivers to transport filmmakers to/from the airport.
All box office volunteers will be trained on our ticketing software Universe, to sell tickets at the door and to check in will call tickets.
The box office can get really hectic, so ability to multi-task in a high-stress environment is essential.
Box office attendants will be responsible for counting out tickets, closing out the cash box and maintaining ticketing hardware.
Must be responsible and trustworthy.
Next door to the theater, we will have works on display at the I Am Logan Square Gallery. We will need volunteers to work the gallery space during the festival, counting number of walk-ins and attendees, turning on/off video equipment in the gallery and directing walk-ins to the theater for the festival.
CUFF is just as famous for its after-parties as it is for its film programs.
Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up at party venues, assist with technical needs for performers, check-in guests (both paying and free), closing out the cash box at the end of the night, giving out drink tickets, passing out flyers and materials, and assisting with any other needs that come up.
All volunteers will be trained in all aspects of the festival, as it may be necessary for volunteers to help out in different areas in a single shift, depending on the needs at the time. There will be two training sessions (dates TBD). All volunteers must attend at least one training session in order to help out during the festival dates.
Shifts will be 3-4 hours long, and for every shift you work, you will receive free tickets to screenings and/or free drink tickets at parties.
The festival runs June 1-5, at the Logan Theatre (2646 N Milwaukee Ave). The first shift on Wednesday - Friday begins at around 4pm with the last shift ending between midnight and 2am (depending on the after-party location and time). Saturday and Sunday shifts begin at 11am, with the last shift ending between midnight and 2am.
You will be working directly with festival staff, and will be trained prior to your first shift.
It is greatly rewarding to be a part of the longest, on-going underground film festival in the world and we hope that you can participate!!!
If you want to get involved, email Allison Sweeney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on what CUFF is all about, visit us at www.cuff.org.
Want to help, but don’t have the time to commit that weekend? Consider lending your couch, air mattress, or spare room to a visiting filmmaker! We’ll give you free tickets to screenings and parties, and we’ll pair you with a super interesting filmmaker from all corners of the world! Email Julia Zinn at email@example.com if you want to house a filmmaker.