Share your love of movies and inspire the next generation of filmmakers and film fans by becoming a Facets Children’s Programs volunteer!
Featuring the largest selection of new world cinema for children and hands-on filmmaking workshops throughout the year, Facets Children’s Programs fosters a lifelong appreciation of cinema for thousands of Chicago kids.
Volunteer opportunities include: social media promotion, schedule/flyer distribution, box office/audience assistance, workshop assistance, and projection.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Facets Children's Programs volunteer!
Please fill out the application and submit it to us along with a copy of your resume. We will contact you as volunteer opportunities arise.
Facets Multi-Media is a nonprofit film arts organization dedicated to the exhibition, distribution & education of foreign, independent & classic cinema. Facets Children’s Programs organizes the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, the largest annual festival of films for children in the world; Facets Kids Film Camp, teaching children ages 7 to 14 film appreciation, basic production skills, and critique; and special screenings and filmmaking workshops throughout the year.
Showcasing the best in culturally diverse, value-affirming new cinema, Facets Children’s Programs and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival are committed to giving children the tools to engage, understand, create and critique media. Welcoming audiences of over 23,000 families, plus schools and social service organizations from all socioeconomic levels in the Chicago area, Facets Children’s Programs engage young viewers and stimulate critical thinking through discussion and hands-on activities with filmmakers and specially-trained, media educators.
For nearly 40 years, Facets Multi-Media has been committed to setting an internationally recognized standard of excellence in film and television production for children and youth - essential to living in a digital age.
Social Media Ambassador: Do you love to post on Facebook, Tweet, or blog? Help us publicize Facets Children’s Programs by being a part of our social media network. We send you details on upcoming programs, and you tell all your friends! It’s as easy as that. When: Year-round.
Poster/Schedule Distribution: Get the word out on the street! Help us distribute Facets and Festival materials (posters, brochures, schedules, flyers) to businesses, organizations, schools, & parks. When: Year-round.
Workshop Assistant: Assist with Festival and year-round filmmaking workshops. Opportunities could include: workshop set up, greeting & check in of participants, facilitation [arts & crafts/tech], documentation (publicity photos), discipline, handouts, bathroom breaks, snacks, clean up, and preparing a workshop report. Previous filmmaking or animation experience is a plus, but not required. When: Primarily weekends, 2-6 hours.
Weekend Box Office/Concessions: Movies are at the heart of what we do. Be a part of our weekend screenings for families by volunteering to help with the box office at screenings and events. Opportunities may include ticket sales, will call check in, guest liaison, and theater ticket taker. When: 2-5 hour shifts available Festival weekends approx. 8:30am to 5:30pm; schedules vary per venue and date.
Lobby Assist./Info Table: Eager to please? Help guide families attending screenings and workshops to the best Facets Children’s Programs has to offer. May include answering general public questions about programs & screenings, audience feedback forms and promotional materials, pointing people in the right direction (bathroom, ticket lines, theaters, etc.), and keeping the lobby clean & organized. When: 4-5 hour shifts available Festival weekends approx. 8:30am to 5:30pm; schedules vary per venue and date. Also at Opening and Closing Ceremonies; 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
Weekday Group Assistance: Help us welcome thousands of Chicago kids who attend group screenings! When: Weekday mornings , 3-5 hours from 8:30am to about 1/1:30pm.
VIP Transportation: Meet the filmmakers! Help with guest and VIP transportation to the many special Festival screenings, workshops and events. When: Festival dates, 2-5 hours.
Opening/Closing Box Office: Red carpet fun! Celebrate the Festival Opening & Awards by helping at our guest check in table, decoration, or reception set up & facilitation. When: Opening Night and Closing Night, 3-6 hours; 5pm – 10pm.
Projecting/Technical Assistance: Volunteer behind the scenes by assisting with projection or workshop/event tech. Please note any projection (film, DVD or digital files) or filmmaking experience you may have. When: 4-5 hour shifts available weekdays and weekends; schedules vary per venue and date.