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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Asian World Film Festival. We look forward to having you volunteer for the 2017 Asian World Film Festival in Los Angeles.  Dedicated volunteers are a key element in producing the Festival. It’s a great way to get involved, make new friends and see some of the best foreign language films coming out of Asia. We are looking for volunteers who have outstanding people skills, a sense of humor, the ability to handle stressful situations and a “can-do” attitude in order to make this year’s Festival a huge success!


Benefits include: an AWFF volunteer T-shirt, a unique volunteering experience, and the opportunity to see some of the best foreign language films competing for Academy and Golden Globe Awards.

Volunteer Vouchers: In addition to meeting lots of interesting people, supporting the arts and foreign language films and participating in a cross-cultural community event, you will receive a voucher for each shift you do for the Festival. Shifts are usually 4-5 hours long. Vouchers may be exchanged at any of the festival box offices for a film screening or panel discussion of your choice. Please keep in mind that we follow a first come, first serve policy and sometimes first choices may be unavailable. 


This list is subject to change. As we get closer to the event, certain positions will open up while others will be modified or updated.


As a member of the Festival Management Team, you will be working directly with the Managing Director and programming team on various elements of the festival’s coordination. Candidates will have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of film festival planning and organization, as well as get an insider’s view on festival programming. Applicants must work well under pressure and have excellent communication skills. This position is part time, with flexible hours and opportunity to work from home. All applications must have a passion for film.

Marketing – Marketers will help promote AWFF through community outreach, social media, graphic design, and word-of- mouth. We encourage marketers to be creative and they should strive to excite moviegoers with our mission to promote Asian filmmaking and talents.


As a member of the Theater Operations Team, you will essentially be the face of the festival. Assisting in the theaters helping thousands of moviegoers attend screenings, volunteers working in Theatre Operations must be friendly and have excellent interpersonal skills, as well as an in depth working knowledge of the Festival. Lead Volunteers and Venue Managers will instruct you where you will be most efficient. There are three main positions:

Usher – Ushers work inside of the theater guiding festival attendees and VIPs to their seats. Upon completion of the film, ushers will assist in tidying the theater for the next screening and setting up VIP seats.

Film Admissions – Ticket Takers will be stationed in front of theater doors checking for proof of admission for each film, and distributing the awards ballots. Following the completion of the film, ticket takers will collect award ballots from the audience to be submitted to the Festival Management

Ticket Sales – Ticket Sales Volunteers will work at the AWFF table set up inside of the ArcLight and iPic Theaters. This position includes handling of cash and other forms of payment. All volunteers in this department must provide references.

No film viewing is allowed during volunteer shifts. If you like, you may bring a book to read during screenings or you can quietly chat with other volunteers. You must also be able to stand for long periods.


Working on the Hospitality and Guest Services Team requires volunteers to stand for long periods and also to be able to do some lifting. Please note that networking is not allowed. Volunteers are asked to bring a smile, a helpful attitude and an awareness of when and when not to engage with guests in the suite.

Filmmakers Lounge:

AWFF will operate the Filmmakers Lounge on the second floor of the Culver Hotel in the Paris and Studio rooms, as an area where invited guests (filmmakers, press, members etc.) can retreat from the bustle of the festival for light snacks and beverages. Filmmaker Lounge volunteer responsibilities are, but are not limited to: checking credentials as guests enter, setting out and replenishing food trays, bussing tables, serving hors d’oeuvres and drinks during Happy Hour; answering guest questions. Prior experience in event, food service, or door duty required.

Volunteer Drivers:

Drivers will be required to provide safe and reliable transportation of guests to and from hotels, venues and LAX as well as pick-up services throughout the Festival (especially some of the food and beverage items for Opening and Closing Night parties). CA drivers license and clean driving record are requirements and will be checked.


Do you have a talent for foreign languages? Filmmakers travel from all over the world to attend the festivals and sometimes there is a need for interpreters for visiting guests. The Asian World Film Festival screens films spanning 50 Asian Countries, and invites guests that speak Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese Korean, Russian and Arabic to name a few. Translator responsibilities include: provide translation during Question and Answer sessions following screenings; interpret for filmmakers attending events or media interviews.

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