Call For Volunteers

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DEADLINE EXPIRED: PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN ARCHIVED POST FROM THE 2016 FESTIVAL. 

It’s that time of year again… We’re seeking some brilliant volunteers to be a part of the Flatpack Team for our tenth festival. Flatpack 10 will include a signature mix of live events, film screenings, music and experimental art, as well as some great parties and exciting surprises.

Each year volunteers are an integral part of the Flatpack team, and volunteering offers an opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of putting on a festival as well as the chance to meet great, interesting people. In 2016, Flatpack will take place in venues across Birmingham from 19th – 24th April. (We are more than happy to help find hostels or hotels for those travelling to Birmingham.)

Criteria:

  • We’re after proactive, dedicated, outgoing individuals.
  • We want people who are passionate about film, art, and/or music and who want to contribute to the best Flatpack Film Festival yet.
  • We would like each volunteer to commit to a minimum of three shifts during the festival period.
  • Each volunteer must be available to attend the Volunteer Meeting on Tuesday 12th April at 6pm.

EVENTS TEAM

Our main Events Team work across all our venues to help deliver the festival programme to the public. Duties will vary depending on the venues, but typically include setting up, stewarding, helping to run the Flatpack box office, and helping out on our pop up cafe-bars. You’ll be at the heart of the action and the face of the festival!

This year we have three additional volunteering opportunities available:

MARKETING AND STREET TEAM

A smaller, specialised Marketing Team will work to fly the Flatpack flag in the run up to and during the festival. There will be opportunities to assist with a range of tasks, including flyering, brochure distribution, gathering feedback, and providing tips and guidance to the festival audience.

COLOUR BOX TEAM

We are also looking for volunteers to focus on running our family programme. We will need help with setting up venues, ushering and assisting the family workshop leaders to deliver events aimed at children.

THE FOX AND HEDGEHOG TEAM

This year we are excited to be working with artists Lloyd & Wilson in bringing The Fox and Hedgehog installation to the festival. Borrowing heavily from the architecture of the public house, Lloyd & Wilson will build a functional, but temporary, pub environment, to encourage spontaneous and playful conversation modes.

The installation will consist of a fully functional bar, provocative visual material, a designated screening space and an events programme. Volunteers will work alongside the artists to assist in all aspects of running a functional bar, as well as taking a critical approach to the project themes and visitors conservation.

Volunteers must be available for an evening training session with the artists on Monday 11th April, as well as attending the Flatpack Volunteers meeting on Tuesday 12th April.

For more information on the Artists and this project, please see their website www.lloyd-wilson.co.uk

Please specify on the application form if you would like to be considered for any of the additional teams.

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If you are passionate about the Arts, out-going and keen to promote a growing cultural highlight in the UK calendar, then complete our online application form by clicking here. We look forward to hearing from you!

The closing date for applications is Sunday 13th March 2016.

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ENDORSEMENTS

"An incredible mix of film and music for all ages." - The Times
"A treasure trove of a festival" – Sight and Sound
"Magnificently eclectic" – Time Out
"This festival is really like no other, with an incredible line-up of amazing screenings and events for grown-ups and kids alike." - Anorak
"Joyously inventive" - Guardian
"Britain’s most exciting and innovative film festival" – Lonely Planet
"Like the perfect mixtape…you’re not quite sure how or why the selection works, but that is what makes it so magical" – Electric Sheep
"It's like being shown really cool stuff by a good friend who thinks you might like to see it." - Audience member
"Flatpack has gained a well deserved reputation as an innovative film festival with an imaginative output" – Film Four
"I came away totally inspired, both by Birmingham and by Flatpack. One of the best festivals I’ve ever been to." - Ken Freedman, WFMU
"The festival feels like an essential component in Birmingham’s cultural life, bringing new talent and the city itself to light." - The Quietus
"The best programming on the planet." - Canadian curator Kier-la Janisse
"Independent, quirky, intelligent, innovative, amusing and relaxed - nothing else like it." - Audience member