Volume 47, Number 11 - February 2, 2010

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Omar Ninaquispe
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Lights, camera, volunteer!

By Omar Ninaquispe

The 27th annual Miami International Film Festival will premiere on March 4. The public can volunteer in the days leading up to, or during the 10–day event.

A multitude of volunteering opportunities is available to the public, from clerical work to ushering. Those who volunteer for at least three hours will receive a voucher redeemable for a movie ticket.

“We will need around 600 volunteers from now until the end of the event,” says Annie Jones, volunteer director for the MIFF. Before the event, volunteers will be involved in outreach for the MIFF, spreading the word about the event. They will also organize merchandising, such as T-shirts. During screenings, volunteers can also serve as ushers.

Volunteer photographers are also needed. “There is a limit to how many photographers [MDC] can provide us, so we need as many photography students or assistants as we can get,” Jones said.

Valeria Sorrentino will work for the MIFF for a seventh year as assistant director of programming and events. She encourages outgoing and social individuals to part take in the festival.

“If you have the experience of working with us it opens some of the doors” Sorrentino said. She added that the experience gained from working with the MIFF can prepare you for opportunities at other film events.

Cristiana Gonzalez, a senior at South Miami Senior High volunteered at the MIFF last year.

“I enjoyed working with the MIFF not only because of the free movie tickets you receive at the end of your shift, although that was a great incentive, but [also] because of the ability to witness film-makers from various backgrounds and cultures interact through their films and develop a fond understanding of each other,”  Gonzalez said.

Opportunities are available for everyone and for more information please contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-FILM (3456).

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