Cinema Rediscovered Volunteers

Volunteer at Cinema Rediscovered Festival 2020

“Got to meet amazing, passionate people, watch great films and have a fantastic time overall... The whole experience reminded why I want to be involved in film exhibition!” Volunteer

Returning for its fifth edition, Cinema Rediscovered (Wed 22 – Sun 26 July 2020) celebrates great films back on the big screen. Featuring the finest digital restorations, contemporary classics, film print rarities and curiosities, this annual festival offers a chance to see lesser known cinematic voices and dive deep into the legacy of revered filmmakers. It’s a space for all to share passions and enthusiasms for film with plenty of opportunities to experience films in the immersive, communal environment of that darkened room we call the cinema.

The festival is a collaborative endeavour led by Watershed co-curated with a range of partners including South West Silents and Come The Revolution. It takes place in and near Bristol –UNESCO City of Film – in venues including Watershed, 20th Century Flicks, Arnolfini, Curzon Cinema and Arts in Clevedon & beyond.

We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers with a passion for cinema to help assist with the festival delivery and communication strategy.

Why Should You Apply?

Volunteering at Cinema Rediscovered is a great opportunity to get insights into the running of a film festival and develop your skills, confidence and film industry networks. You will meet others with a passion for cinema and will get plenty of opportunities to socialise with cinema goers and film industry practitioners. At the volunteer induction session and throughout the festival, you will spend time with members of our experienced teams of curators, event producers, film critics, marketing and operational staff. You will also get complimentary tickets to festival screenings when you are not on shift - and a volunteer T-shirt.

Following the festival, we can also provide you with a reference and can offer a one-to-one mentoring session with one of the festival team members on request.

Volunteering Dates

Festival assistants – Wed 22 – Sun 26 July 2020

Volunteer briefing / Induction Training day – Sun 19 July 10:00am – 12:00 midday (+ optional film screening)

This will include insights from various members of the festival and Watershed teams. It’s also a chance to meet your fellow volunteers, find out more about what you will be doing as a volunteer and attend a free screening from Watershed’s July film programme. Participation is essential in order to take up a volunteer role at the festival.

What does the role entail?

Our volunteers are a valued and essential part of our approach and key to creating a friendly environment for all to enjoy the festival. We also try, within reason, to be responsive to individuals’ areas of expertise and interest.

Here’s what we expect from our volunteers:

  • Attending the volunteer induction training and briefing on Sun 19 July.
  • Staffing the main festival information desk to welcome customers and provide friendly, helpful and informed answers to all frontline queries about the festival.
  • Helping with the promotion and documentation of events during the festival.
  • Handing out additional publicity material to audiences upon arrival at the cinema and assisting with the seating of late comers.
  • Assisting with special events, cinema walks and tours and trips within the festival programme.
  • Other reasonable tasks as required of the festival team during the festival.

How do I apply?
To apply to be a volunteer please complete this application form.

We are committed to help you develop your skills and confidence concerning the role you undertake with us and we welcome applications from all backgrounds, nationalities, ages abilities and experience and particularly welcome applications from candidates from BAME backgrounds as they are currently under-represented within our team.

We will work with shortlisted candidates to ensure their access needs are met and will ensure access requirements do not factor in decision making.

If you have any questions about volunteering at Cinema Rediscovered or would like to have an informal conversation before applying, or if you would like to apply in a different way, please contact:

Closing Date: Monday, 20 April 2020 - 17:00