Bagri Foundation Indian Film Festival

London, Birmingham or Manchester

Salary: Unpaid

The Bagri Foundation Indian Film Festival is looking for volunteers to support this year’s festivals in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

About The Bagri Foundation Indian Film Festival

The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) and Birmingham Indian Film Festival (BIFF) together make up Europe’s largest South Asian film festival. Over the last 11 years we have garnered a reputation as the ‘Punk Rock of Indian Film festivals’, presenting a cutting-edge selection of the very best new independent cinema from the Indian subcontinent and its worldwide diaspora. This offering includes dramatic features, documentaries, short films and Screen Talks by South Asia’s greatest film-making talent.We are delighted to present one of the most diverse film offerings in the UK film calendar and are proudly supported by the Bagri Foundation and BFI’s National Lottery Audience Fund.

We welcome back our current venue partners including BFI Southbank, Barbican, Cine Lumiere, Rich Mix, Genesis Cinema, Watermans Arts Centre, with more venues to be announced. For this year’s festival we will be simultaneously in London, Birmingham and Manchester. The festival dates are as follows:

  • London: 17 June – 2 July, London
  • Birmingham: 24 June – 4 July
  • Manchester: 2 – 4 July
Purpose of a Volunteer

Volunteering for our festival is a great way to get valuable experience and exposure for those trying to break into the film industry. We offer a variety of positions and roles, which include guest liaison, marketing, ticketing, ushering, assisting festival staff, event support, pre-festival promotion and more.

You will support the Volunteer Manager and the team leaders in ensuring the smooth operation of the festival. Without our volunteers, this festival would not be able to take place! Volunteers can choose between different levels of commitment with flexible scheduling.

Who we are looking for

We would ideally like individuals who have some or all the following:

  • A friendly, smiley manner
  • Can-do attitude and good initiative
  • Fluent in English
  • Passion for the arts, films and audience engagement
  • Passion for South-Asian Culture
  • A team player focused on achieving collective goals
  • Comfortable being in a fast-paced, high-traffic environment, flexible and positive
  • Proactive, decisive and good humoured
Roles & Responsibilities
  • To support the delivery of LIFF 2021 alongside the festival team by ushering guests to locations
  • To make sure all screenings run smoothly, audience is satisfied, and forms are filled in
  • To attend the volunteer team briefing sessions and to feedback important information/suggestions that might improve the running of the festival and participant experience
  • To ensure all tasks you assigned are undertaken in a timely, professional and efficient manner in accordance with the festival programme schedule.
  • To keep in timely and articulate communication with senior team members
  • To read the information packets provided concerning the programme, map, and key areas
  • To ensure that the festival is an inclusive environment
  • To be an ambassador for the festival for participants

You will be working with a very diverse group of people of all ages including Festival staff, volunteers, participating artists, performers, community groups, local business, charities and organisations.

This role will be carried out within high traffic environments and may require multi-tasking. We want to support you to do well and to learn from the experience, and also to enjoy your time with us. We encourage you to communicate with your supervisor, the Volunteer Manager about your experience.

What you will gain as a volunteer
  • Experience of being part of an international film festival
  • Detailed knowledge of running a festival
  • Be part of creating an event in celebration of South-Asian Independent Films
  • Meet with like-minded people and professionals and make great friends
  • A chance to see new films ahead of their release date or films that won’t be widely released in cinemas
  • Listen to Q&As and learn a lot about South-Asian cinema
  • And most importantly having a lot of fun!
Other important information
  • You must be available for a minimum of 2 days of volunteering
  • Full induction and training will be given to volunteers (in May TBC, venue TBC)
  • We cannot provide accommodation nor travel arrangements and all the positions are unpaid.
  • All volunteers must be aged 18 or older.
How to apply

Send an email to Marta (marta@londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk) – our Volunteer Coordinator, expressing your interest in volunteering with us.

The closing date for this position is 25/05/2021 at 23:59

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