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Be a part of AFI's 2017 Documentary Film Festival, happening June 14-18th in the Nation's Capital.
AFI Documentary Film Festival
Silver Spring, MD
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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 2017?
New and exciting changes are coming to AFI Docs' Volunteer Department in 2017! This includes a shift to Timecounts, a new Volunteer Community Hub that brings us all closer together and allows volunteers to chose their own shifts.

Because of this, we are re-working the way that volunteers will be rewarded vouchers for festival screenings. For each shift worked, you will be given one voucher that can be exchanged for a ticket to any festival screening. In addition, you will be credited the hours you worked, which go towards increasing your chances in a prize drawing that will happen at the Volunteer Party on June 20th. The prize package details will be revealed at a later date.

Two of this year’s 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 sign up for shifts at!

Because you are able to sign up for your own shifts this year, we are not assigning volunteer roles with the shifts. Rather, specific tasks will be assigned on-site by the venue managers. Our orientations will cover each of the volunteer roles, so that you will be prepared to fill in where needed at the venue.

That said, there are some exciting opportunities that you can apply for this festival, such as volunteering as a photographer, in the box office, or with our social media team. You can read more and apply in the Opportunities section. You are not limited to applying for one of these opportunities, and it is recommended that you apply to be a general volunteer in addition to any other opportunities that interest you.

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