The Portland Film Festival is holding a leadership meeting and planning retreat on March 24th at 6:30PM. Named one of the “coolest film festivals of the world” by MovieMaker Magazine, the festival is Oregon’s largest cinematic event that focuses on the art and business of filmmaking. Coined, “The Storytellers’ Festival and Conference,” the festival screens films, hosts classes, workshops, panels, networking events, and talks on film.
“It’s pretty much a love fest to the cast and crew of our selected films,” said Jason W De Parrie-Turner, Director of Programming, “and by the end of the week, it starts to feel like family.”
Past attendees and alumni include Eli Roth, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Abby Elliott, Chris Williams, Chuck Palahniuk, Jason Mamoa, Doug Benson, Wendy Froud, Brian Froud, Toby Froud, Penny Lane, Chelsea Cain, Daniel Wilson, Chelsey Reist, Isaac Feder, James Franco, Lorenza Izzo, Matt Walsh, Susan Sarandon, Michael Tully, Ryan Murdock, Kelly Reichardt, Kris Kaczor, Bryan Storkel, Leah Warshawski, Daryl Hannah, Vivian Norris, Karney Hatch, Jon Matthews, Dana Nachman, Mitchell Jackson, John Jeffcoat, Shawn Telford, Leah Meyerhoff, Mark Raso, David Zellner, Bradley King and more.
“The festival is a non-profit organization,” said Josh Leake, Executive Director, “and we’ve never been as well funded as other arts organizations in town—we typically spend a fraction of what some festivals budget. That’s why most of our help before, during and after the festival comes from volunteers. And getting leaders to help manage the event is paramount for a successful year. After last year’s nod from MovieMaker, I’m excited to see this year’s event unfold and to welcome back friends from previous years.”
The festival is a volunteer driven event that draws from the community and past filmmakers to organize. With over 400 hundred volunteers and over 2400 past directors, cast and crew from previous festivals, there is room for volunteers to step up and take on a management or leadership role. PDXFF has several openings, including: music liaison, production, ad sales, sponsorship, traffic coordinator, travel, submission, alumni relations, writers, scheduling, data input specialists, ticket and pass sales.
“We’re looking for a few volunteers to step up and help with the organization before and during the festival,” said Jamie McCall, Director of Volunteers. McCall added, “The beauty of working with volunteers is that you know that people are passionate and want to have fun and help out.”
The leadership meeting and planning retreat will bring back past leaders to recap last year’s festival as well as plan for the upcoming year. The event will help encourage new leaders to step up and old ones to find collaborators and new allies. Past volunteers and those interested in making a larger commitment to the film festival are encouraged to reach out and RSVP. Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to attend, but all are encouraged to volunteer. More meetings will be held in the future for additional volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in attending and have volunteered in the past with us or other organizations, please send us your contact info and idea of how you would like to help. Or, if you’d like to volunteer and not lead, get started at the volunteer sign up page.