Get Involved in AFI DOCS 2018!
Volunteer with AFI's 2018 Documentary Film Festival, happening June 13-17th in the Nation's Capital.
AFI Documentary Film Festival
Silver Spring, MD
About Us
Our Mission:
AFIDOCS offers the unique opportunity to connect film audiences with national opinion leaders, filmmakers and film subjects. Our Volunteers represent the festival, sharing their enthusiasm for this necessary art form with patrons from the greater Washington DC Community and from across the world.
What's New in 2018?
Building off of the success of last year’s festival, we’re streamlining our Line-Up and Load-In process in 2018 with the introduction of our new ticketing system: Elevent. As volunteers, you will be trained in the basic operations of this new automated system so our patrons have as smooth a transition from box office to theatre seat as possible. Because of this new showflow, we are asking that all volunteers attend an Orientation, even those who worked with us last year.

In addition, our evening screenings will at a rotating cast of venues. The exact locations will be released with the schedule in early May, but expect a more comprehensive DC festival experience at venues such as the Air & Space Museum and Natural History Museum, as well as our perennial Newseum screenings.

As a Volunteer Team, Ben is back as the Volunteer Manager and will be joined by two Coordinators brand new to Docs. If you’re working up at Silver Spring, you’ll be working with Conor and if you are stationed at Landmark downtown, you’ll be working with Michael. You’ll get a chance to meet them at the Orientations and throughout the pre-fest process. Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself!

We’re also hoping to offer a few new Volunteer experiences this year, first of which being the chance to volunteer as a group. We’ll be contacting organizations about this opportunity in the coming weeks and if you are a member of an organization, company, soccer team or friends that are interested in a film festival team-building experience, send us an email at and we’ll reach out to you.

And, of course, you are always welcome to invite your friends to volunteer and join you on shift; that’s the beauty of being able to create your own schedule. We’ll be letting you know about our other new opportunities as they become finalized, so stay tuned!

Similar to last year, two of our Volunteer Orientations will be held at the E Street Landmark, in an effort to acclimate volunteers to the way the festival process works both uptown in Silver Spring and Downtown in Washington DC. Please try and attend an Orientation at the venue you plan to work during the festival!

FOR RETURNING VOLUNTEERS: Since you are already a member of our community, all you have to do is indicate what sort of involvement you want to have with this year’s festival. Our options should look similar to last year’s: Box Office, Social Media, Photography and General Volunteering opportunities are all available. If you have changed your email since last year’s festival, please re-join our community with your new email!

FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS: Welcome to our AFI DOCS community! Click the Join Us button above to get started creating your festival experience.

If you have any questions about this year’s festival you can always reach out to We look forward to working with you to make this a great festival year!
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