Volunteering for the Freep Film Festival means you are part of a top-notch organization that shares its love of documentary films — and the conversations that follow. You will meet great people, watch captivating films, and listen to amazing stories. If you are interested in being part of metro Detroit’s growing film community, volunteering for FFF is for you!


  • A film ticket voucher per each shift worked
  • Volunteer t-shirt
  • Exclusive screening for volunteers


April 10-14, 2024. Some volunteer shifts may include setup prior to the festival and cleanup after the festival.


Various locations around Metro Detroit including:

  • Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts – Detroit Cultural District
  • Frame – Hazel Park
  • Birmingham 8 powered by Emagine – Birmingham
  • Michigan Science Center – Detroit Cultural District

General Volunteer requirements

Volunteering for FFF means not only having an interest in film, but an aptitude for customer service. You will be answering a lot of questions all with a smile on your face! We ask that you commit to two or three 4-hour shifts (approximately 8-12 hours total) during the festival.

Volunteer Positions

Venue Lead: This is a leadership volunteer position that requires additional management training. You are the point person for all volunteers, film talent, panelists, and venue staff. You know all the volunteer positions and place volunteers accordingly. You manage each screening by getting patrons in and out of the theater according to schedule. You monitor available seats and communicate when a screening is full to any waiting patrons.

This position requires important knowledge of the venue. Because of this, you will be placed in one specific venue.  Please reach out to Volunteer Coordinator to apply for this position.

Crowd Liaison: Do you like to use your outside voice and direct people where to go? If so, this position was made for you. Crowd Liaisons need to be loud and clear, communicating with patrons about where they need to be and how to get there. Sometimes, we have long lines outside theaters, and we want to make sure people are standing in the correct line and are informed on the screening timeline.

Ticket Scanner: Stationed at the theater entrance, ready to scan, help clean once screening is over.

Theater Usher: Assists patrons with entering and leaving the theater, guide patrons to seats, guide filmmaker/panelists to reserved seats, help clean once screening is over and throughout your shift.

Our commitment to you 

  • Our goal is to provide a positive, friendly, and fun atmosphere in which everyone is treated with courtesy and respect as we come together to create an exciting event that celebrates journalism and documentary filmmaking.
  • During the festival, you will have access to the Volunteer Coordinator and Ops Director  with any questions that you have. They are your main line of support and are expecting to hear from you frequently! You will receive all of their information in communication leading up to the festival.
  • You will receive advance notice of volunteer meetings by email, along with other important announcements including some special perks. Please make sure your email address is accurate in our volunteer software, EnMotive.

Volunteer commitment

  • We ask you to commit to a minimum of 8 to 12 hours (two or three 4-hour shifts) during the festival. You need to attend a volunteer meeting and/or orientation and receive your volunteer credentials before your first festival shift.
  • Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to their shifts, food, and other personal expenses.

During the festival, please check with your Venue Lead if you are able to view movies on shift. We need our volunteers available for a variety of tasks, even if there is some occasional downtime so please do not plan to watch films during your shifts. Make plans to see the films you want at times other than your shifts. Please do check your email daily during the festival, as we will periodically open up screenings to volunteers.

For more details, please contact Kristin Orr:

Thank you very much!