BOARD MEMBERS
HUMAN RESOURCES

The Ann Arbor Film Festival seeks a board member with human resources (generalist) experience. This senior-level expert will assist the festival director and staff with performance optimization, recruitment, staff transitions, and HR policy development. This individual is not responsible for day-to-day operational HR functions, such as payroll and benefits administration.

 

Founded in 1963, AAFF is the longest-running film festival in North America for independent and experimental films. The organization is financially stable.

Board members, currently numbering 15, meet monthly for about 90 minutes. It's a working board, and a lot happens between meetings. Most members serve on at least one standing committee – with committees including, for example: development, finance, marketing, and membership – and those generally meet monthly, as well. With a small staff of three full-time professionals, everyone pitches in. 

Each board member makes an annual donation to the organization at a level that is meaningful for them personally. The festival is fortunate to enjoy 100 percent board giving. Board members generally serve a two-year term, at minimum, and up to three terms in total. 

 

To learn more, please send your letter of interest to: leslie@aafilmfest.org.

WORK WITH US

Come and join our wonderful team here at the Ann Arbor Film Festival! Job postings are updated as they come, so please check back frequently or become a volunteer!

INTERNSHIPS

Media Relations Assistant

 

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is looking for a marketing assistant with a special focus on media relations. This position requires a commitment of 12–15 hours per week. Responsibilities include updating and maintaining the house list of media contacts, updating the annual press kit, drafting press releases, and sending media communications using MailChimp. This assistant works closely with another marketing assistant specializing in social media, eNews, and blogging, and both also work closely with the AAFF Communications Manager for Development and Marketing. The marketing assistants have the opportunity to pitch creative marketing solutions and strategies for optimizing media relations. The interns will also have the opportunity to act as members of the screening cadre reviewing film submissions for the festival. Other duties may be assigned depending on candidate interest and organizational need.

 

The successful applicant will be a highly motivated and dependable individual who enjoys working with others and has an outgoing personality with excellent communication skills. The candidate should be attentive to detail, highly organized, and willing to learn and should possess a keen interest in experiencing the world of nonprofit media/visual arts. The candidate must have experience in both research and writing, which are essential aspects of the internship. To excel in this role, it helps if you enjoy not only messaging the media with exciting AAFF announcements, but also paying close attention along the way to the details of grammar, punctuation, spelling, and the styling of text to fit publishing conventions. 

 

All interns receive a full pass for festival week and are expected to be on hand to assist with a wide range of tasks, as well as to watch films. Because festival week (March 24–29, 2020) is all-consuming—and the ultimate goal of the yearlong workflow—a minimum of 20 hours of participation is expected during that week. During this time, interns will work as a support for the AAFF staff. Feedback and reflections in the form of a “wrap report” are the final assignment.

 

Compensation is available as college credit.

Duration: Through the end of April 2020
 

To apply, please send your cover letter, résumé, two work samples, and proposed weekly work schedule to Marin Smith at marin@aafilmfest.org.

Festival Operations Assistant

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is looking for two Festival Operations Interns. The internship positions require a commitment of 12–15 hour per week. The operations interns will work closely with the Operations Manager to help coordinate all aspects of festival operations. Responsibilities include assisting with fulfillment of sponsorship asset collection and organization, online sales and merchandise orders, maintenance of the submissions process and databases, acting as a point of contact for DVD sales to libraries and other institutions, and event planning logistics. The intern will also have the opportunity to act as a member of the screening cadre to review film submissions for the festival. Other assignments may be given depending on candidate interest and organizational need.

 

The successful applicant will be a highly motivated and dependable individual who enjoys working with others and has an outgoing personality with excellent communication skills. The candidate should be attentive to detail, highly organized, willing to learn, and possess a keen interest experiencing the world of nonprofit media/visual arts.

 

All interns receive a full pass for festival week and are expected to be on hand both to assist with a wide range of tasks, as well as to watch films. Because festival week (March 24–29, 2020) is all-consuming—and the ultimate goal of the yearlong workflow—a minimum of 20 hours of participation is expected during that week. During this time, interns will work as a support for the AAFF staff. Feedback and reflections in the form of a “wrap report” are the final assignment.

 

Compensation is available as college credit.

Duration: Through the end of April 2020

 

To apply, please send your cover letter, résumé, and proposed weekly work schedule to Marin Smith at marin@aafilmfest.org.
 

Graphic Design Assistant

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is looking for a Graphic Design Intern. This internship position requires a commitment of 12–15 hours per week. Responsibilities will include creating marketing collateral that matches the brand identity of the 58th AAFF, designing print and web advertisements, and creating miscellaneous graphics as needed. The intern will also have the opportunity to act as a member of the screening cadre to review film submissions for the festival. Other assignments may be given depending on candidate interest and organizational need.

 

The successful applicant will be a highly motivated and dependable individual who enjoys working with others and has an outgoing personality with excellent communication skills. The candidate should be attentive to detail, highly organized, willing to learn, and possess a keen interest in experiencing the world of nonprofit media/visual arts. The ideal candidate should have design experience for both print and digital. Ability to work with a design team and the assets they generate is essential.

 

All interns receive a full pass for festival week and are expected to be on hand both to assist with a wide range of tasks, as well as to watch films. Because festival week (March 24–29, 2020) is all-consuming—and the ultimate goal of the yearlong workflow—a minimum of 20 hours of participation is expected during that week. During this time, interns will work as a support for the AAFF staff. Feedback and reflections in the form of a “wrap report” are the final assignment.

 

Compensation is available as college credit.

Duration: Through the end of April 2020

 

To apply, please send your cover letter, résumé, portfolio link, and proposed weekly work schedule to Marin Smith at marin@aafilmfest.org.

LOCATION

 

230 Collingwood Dr #160b,

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

 

Ann Arbor Film Festival 

Registered 501(c)(3)

EIN: 38-2379836