Intern and Volunteer Opportunities at Northwest Film Forum

Help us get to know you better! Fill out this questionnaire so we can get a sense of your schedule, availability and interests, to help find the best volunteering opportunity for you.

It's no secret that Northwest Film Forum runs on the industry, commitment and creativity of our volunteer corps. Almost anyone can volunteer here: all it takes is a commitment to a regular schedule or regular team assignment, and an understanding that working here isn't like working for a conventional movie theater, on a conventional production team, or in a conventional office environment.

Our cinemas operate with an entirely volunteer projection and box office/concessions staff, and our office runs smoothly with the aid of daytime volunteer help. Shift availability may vary, but chances are there's a spot for you in our ranks. 

We expect our volunteers to be proactive and confident contributors to the overall tenor and functioning of this organization. Volunteering at the Film Forum is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about movies and/or making films on a budget, and a great way to meet fellow filmmakers and film lovers. And of course there are the free/discounted movies, and credit earned toward free equipment rentals and workshops.

Ready to get involved? 
We'd love to know your schedule, interests and cinematic obsessions. Please fill our our volunteer application (see sidebar for download) and email it to volunteer at nwfilmforum.org, or call 206.329.2629 between 10am and 6pm for more information. We are always in need of volunteer support, and we treat—and reward—our volunteers very well.  Thanks for your interest! 

Volunteer Positions

Office Volunteers
Our office volunteers are reliable point people who are the first to greet community members as they enter the building. You should have a working knowledge of our current programs and classes, and be available to answer phones, undertake light cleaning and be open to working on projects, programs and events.  It's important that you feel comfortable working independently and asking staff for tasks that need doing.  Shifts are Monday-Friday and are 4 hours in length, 10am-2pm and 2pm-6pm. 

Box Office & Concessionaires
Our box office staff are hugely important team members, as they have the most direct contact with our patrons.  This job includes customer service, working a cash register, selling concessions and light clean-up duties.  Volunteers should have a basic understanding our our screenings calendar and what the organization does, and should be friendly and extremely reliable.  Shifts are weekend afternoons (varies, usually 12pm-4pm) and every evening (6pm-10pm).  

NWFF Street Team
Want to rack up some extra hours towards workshops and free movies without having to keep a regular office or box office shift?  The Street Team is for you!  This job requires 4 hours a week, but the hours are flexible to fit into your schedule.  Street Team members stop in the Film Forum office once a week to be given posters, postcards, calendars, programs—whatever needs to get out into the city.  Street Team members are the public face of the Film Forum, bringing those printed materials around to coffee shops and other locations in the area.    


We do all we can to make our volunteers feel appreciated. Active volunteers with a regular weekly shift get unlimited free entry to our regularly priced movies.  And every hour you work gets you a $5 credit toward equipment rentals and workshops. Once again, email volunteer at nwfilmforum.org or give us a call at 206.329.2629 for specifics.

Read our volunteer & intern ticket policy here 



Northwest Film Forum offers a limited number of office, production, and exhibition internships throughout the year. Interns work independently on specialized projects and (depending on the position) are normally required to commit at least 10-20 hours per week for the duration of the internship. No experience is necessary, but all interested parties are required to send a resume and cover email. Please email volunteer AT nwfilmforum.org or call 206.329.2629 with any questions.

Updated July 2014

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Youth Programs Internship

Northwest Film Forum, a nonprofit film arts center based on Capitol Hill in Seattle, seeks an intern to work as a programming assistant for Children's Film Festival Seattle (10-day festival of international children's films that will be presented in January 2015), and support ongoing, year-round youth programs, including educational filmmaking workshops.

Internship duties include:

  • Help research and solicit films for the 10th Annual Children's Film Festival Seattle
  • Help organize and serve on festival selection committee
  • Assist at Northwest Film Forum youth filmmaking camps, scheduled for June 23 through August 1, at Northwest Film Forum
  • Help create and edit preliminary Festival trailer
  • Help design curriculum and activities for 2015 Festival Children's Juries

Good organizational skills a must; the ideal candidate will also have experience in film editing software, including Adobe Premiere and FinalCut Pro.

We ask program interns to commit 20 hours per week to the internship, from now through August, with the possibility for extension. 

This internship is unpaid, but interns are welcome to attend movie screenings at Northwest Film Forum for free during their tenure, and can use internship hours to accrue free filmmaking equipment rentals and class credit at the Film Forum.

For more information about youth programs at Northwest Film Forum, visit www.childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org and http://www.nwfilmforum.org/live/page/workshops/3043

Please send a resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Shepherd, Youth Programs Director, liz@nwfilmforum.org.

Equipment Coordinator Internships

Northwest Film Forum seeks volunteers/interns to work Monday, Wednesday and Friday in our equipment room and with the public, renting equipment. The right person will be knowledgeable about gear, interested and knowledgeable about film and filmmaking, and good with speaking with members of the community who wish to reserve and rent our filmmaking equipment. 

Interns will be responsible for taking equipment reservations over the phone, for scheduling pick-ups and drop-offs, and for charging members to rent the gear. For that reason the right person will be comfortable fielding most, if not all, technical questions, working independently, and maintaining a positive attitude. He or she will need to spend time getting to know the Film Forum's equipment inventory.

Shifts are Monday, Wednesday, & Friday and are 4 hours in length, 10am-2pm and 2pm-6pm.

Please send a letter of interest to David Ayala at davidATnwfilmforum.org. In the letter, please detail your knowledge of film and film production and what you hope the internship will provide for you in return.