Online Staff Report
BELOIT, Wis. — The 2014 Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) has started its annual search for the largest volunteer force turnout in the region.
BIFF runs on volunteers — 300 to 400 of them, to be exact. These “BIFF Ambassadors” are the face of BIFF, and they are the people who visitors remember when they leave.
The search for BIFF Ambassadors is under way. With the expansion of BIFF to 10 days and a number of new venues in downtown Beloit, Wis., BIFF is hoping for a large volunteer turnout.
In the coming weeks, there will be four opportunities to sign up for times and responsibilities as BIFF Ambassadors. Sign-ups will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25; from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1; from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8; and from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11 — all at Bushel & Peck’s Local Market, 328 State St., downtown Beloit, Wis.
To gain a good overview of what is expected of volunteers, all volunteers will need to attend one training session. Training sessions are scheduled for 11 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Feb. 8, for returning volunteers; 1-2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, for new volunteers; or 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, for all volunteers. Training will also be at Bushel & Peck’s.
The returning volunteer session will feature an abbreviated duties refresher, plus an update on what is new to the festival this year.
“Whether your volunteer interest is for service as a Venue Ambassador, film technical support or box office, we will be managing all volunteer opportunities centrally,” said Terri Burdick, BIFF board member and volunteer coordinator. “So, if you want to mix it up and volunteer on different days in different capacities, we can easily meet your needs. There are plenty of opportunities for all interests”
Perks for being a BIFF Ambassador include four film passes for each two-hour commitment.
For more information, including “job descriptions,” visit the BIFF website at www.beloitfilmfest.org. Click on “About,” and then choose “Volunteers” from the drop-down menu.
Posted Jan. 22, 2014