Opportunities: For indie films, filmmakers

PFF screen image copyBy Helen Stephenson

As the Prescott Film Festival moves closer to its sixth annual event, things are gearing up on all fronts: programming, event planning for parties, special events, and a few surprises. At the core of the activity is coordinating volunteer needs, including new volunteer opportunities.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25 come join the folks at the Prescott Film Festival as they appreciate last year’s volunteers and welcome new friends to help support and celebrate the art of independent film. There will be snacks plus a few great short films. (Want to know what they are? Attend and find out for yourself!)

Prescott Film Festival submissions for all filmmakers are open through April 15.

Submissions for the High School Film Competition are open through May 19th. If you know of a high school student who’s a budding filmmaker, please urge them to submit. The High School Student Film Competition is a new part of the annual festival. The film fest is held on the campus of Yavapai College. One of the reasons it was created was to bring students onto a college campus in a fun, engaging, and positive environment.

This exposure could open their minds to higher education, and may just encourage them to attend college themselves. Students are housed in the dorms and eat in the cafeteria, giving them the full campus experience. Arizona ranked 40th in the nation in students continuing to college, and the Prescott Film Festival board felt that was quite a negative placement.
Many studies show that higher education benefits students the rest of their lives. This is the festival’s small way of contributing to the future of these students.

Submission fees are $10 and the selected films’ filmmakers will have rooms during the festival in the student housing, breakfast and lunch, a filmmaker pass that allows them into all films, access to the VIP greenroom, and all workshops and special events.

For our volunteer event, please come to sign up, enjoy snacks, and meet new and old friends. The event is in the Yavapai College Community Room.

Volunteer opportunities include:
Movie reviewers
Workshop assistants
Green room support
Green room coordinator
Tech team
Food coordinator
Food team members
Box office team members
Filmmaker liaison assistants
Volunteer coordinator
Concierge/guest services team
After-party coordinator

Visit PrescottFilmFestival.Com and click the “Volunteer” tab for more details.

Oh, and see you at the movies.


Helen Stephenson is the founder and executive director of the Prescott Film Festival and the director of the Sedona Film School at Yavapai College.

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