Thursday, January 25, 2007

Interns Wanted

The Austin Film Festival and Conference is looking for interns for Spring 2007!

The following departments are looking for interns: Conference, Film, Screenplay Competition, Development, Office Management and Young Filmmakers Program. For intern descriptions please visit the website at

The 14th Annual Austin Film Festival will take place October 11th through the 18th.

For more information please feel free to contact the Austin Film Festival at 512.478.4795 or at 1.800.310.FEST

Conference Intern

Description: The Conference Department celebrates writers' contributions to film & television. During four days of panels, screenwriters & filmmakers network & learn the tricks of the trade -- the art, craft & business of screenwriting & filmmaking - from the masters themselves, leading Hollywood writers, directors, producers, agents, managers and production company executives. Intern will assist the Conference Director in coordinating these numerous panels and arrange travel and accommodations for our distinguished guests.

Requirements: People skills are a must. You must be comfortable on the phone, able to multitask, and highly organized. It is preferred that you have an interest in film and film-related events. Examples of duties include: assisting in mail outs, arranging travel itineraries, putting together press packets, research contact information w/agencies and/or panelists, marketing, and overseeing volunteers during Conference.

Contact Conference Director, Linnea Toney-

Austin Film Festival – Development Internship

Development Intern: Assistant to the Development Director. A typical day will include negotiating festival promotion for food trade with local restaurants, digging up any info you can on a potential sponsorship target, writing a marketing proposal for a local business, with time in there somewhere for vetting venues for one of our late night festival parties and updating our sponsorship database.

Job Requirements: People skills and time management skills are a must. Intern must be comfortable on the phone and a creative writer. Marketing/Sales Background Preferred, but not required.

Film Department Intern

Job Description: Assist programmers with competition film entries as well as in researching and marketing/outreach to filmmakers, students and film goers. Help with mail outs and maintaining entries. Assist with obtaining and marketing screenings before and during the festival. Also support staff with screenings, events, and promotions during the festival and throughout the year.

Job Requirements: Looking for a problem solver and self-starter who is organized, detail-oriented, knowledgeable, interested in film and film-related events, friendly and

Contact: Film Program Director, Kelly Williams -

Screenplay Competition Department

The Austin Film Festival Screenplay and Teleplay Competition recognizes the work of the writer, opens doors, and creates a networking system for new writers to further their career within the industry. Industry professionals recognize the Austin Film Festival as a widely respected and popular writing competition, with representatives from agencies and production companies participating in the judging process. As a Screenplay Competition Director Intern you would help in the process of logging screenplays, developing databases, maintaining filing, and recruiting production companies for judging.

Skills must include: good people skills, attention to detail, and a willingness to work.

A sense of humor is also a definite must.

Contact: Screenplay Competition Director, Mary P Hansell-

Young Filmmakers Program Intern

Description: Publicizing the Cinema/Television Camp. Research (and contact) schools and various organizations through which we can increase public awareness of the YFP. Research various organizations through which we can get money/sponsorship for the YFP. Brainstorming and putting into practice ways to expand YFP (screenings, increasing publicity for competitions, etc.) Mailings for YFP and Membership. Brainstorming ways to expand membership.

Requirements: Intern must be friendly, outgoing, patient, organized, and like kids!

Contact: Young Filmmakers Program Director, Jesse


Job Description: The Office Manager organizes and maintains the Austin Film Festival Office. The Office Manager’s assistants will be involved in Event Planning and Project Coordination as well as maintaining the day to day activities of the office.

Job duties entail: Assisting the Office Manager in answering the phones, creating access/axcel databases to keep records of reservations and checking email. Some other tasks included are helping out at film screenings around Austin, completing out-of-office errands, and getting price quotes for different projects to be completed.

Job Requirements: Must demonstrate friendliness and have good communication skills. Organizational skills and multi-tasking is a must! Exemplary phone etiquette required.

Contact Office Manager, Stephanie Weaver,

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