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Austin Film Festival

Spring 2018

Position: Executive Intern
Student: Economics Junior

I work as an Executive Intern, so my days depend on various projects my supervisor assigns. I go to my supervisor right after I arrive at work. She assigns day’s projects and explains what they are about. I gain insights on projects mostly by understanding the purpose of a project. After that, I find a place to work on those projects, and my supervisor allows me to work by myself. If I can’t finish a project on time, I can continue working on the it later. If I finish it earlier, she usually gives me another project.

Hardest project for me was matching public figures on pictures of last festivals from 1994 with name. I understood this project’s purpose, which it would be easier for us to use the pictures for marketing purpose if the pictures were sorted by public figures. It drained my energy because it was very difficult to figure out who the person on a picture 20 years ago. My favorite type of projects is excel-using projects, dealing with data. I could come up with efficient idea to sort and analyze data easily.

Fall 2016  

Position: Screenwriting Intern
Student: English Junior 

Austin Film Festival is a hidden gem in East Austin that is very exciting and a really great place to work. I have had the privilege of working here since last May and with each few weeks comes different aspects of the industry.

I was lucky enough to be able to intern at the Austin Film Festival this past summer. Throughout the summer my tasks became more and more essential to the festival, from organizing scripts to eventually reading and evaluating scripts for the competition, I felt that I was really part of the team.

What I love about the Austin Film Festival is that it is a film festival, but more than that it is a writer’s festival. As a student that hopes to pursue screenwriting, it is very encouraging and exciting to see a competition that rewards the writing aspect of film. So often I struggle in having a script that I love but do not necessarily have the right camera, editing facilities, actors, etc. to bring that screenplay to life. This festival takes that worry away.

Since working at the Austin Film Festival I definitely have more knowledge for the festival world and also more knowledge about what makes a script a festival winning script.

Spring 2013

Position: Film Department Intern
Student: English Senior

My experience working at the Austin Film Festival was an exciting one… At least in terms of an office environment, AFF is interesting. I feel as though I’ve been accepted as part of their work family. The mamas and the papas all get along and are outgoing, encouraging people. We sometimes even have our dogs walking around the office. I love those days! I like working at AFF because we are all working toward the same goal- to be a creative platform in which filmmakers and screenwriters can express themselves.

I work as a film department intern. I check competition films in and out to our screeners, who watch and make notes on them. The screeners judge each film against itself, meaning they take into consideration what the filmmakers were trying to accomplish. I was recently added as a screener position in addition to my internship! I’m also becoming a master at the Excel spreadsheet, but like it said in the job description, it’s all in the name of film. I love being able to work among other filmmakers. Sometimes we even get to watch (but mostly listen) to documentaries while working! I’m very grateful to have taken my first step towards a film career at one of the most reputable film festivals around. There are wonderful films out there. Whenever I find a real gem, I get incredibly excited for the filmmaker. They have no idea where they stand, but I’m rooting for them. That’s the best part of my job. I’m working hard to give all filmmakers an equal chance at winning our film competition. It makes me feel good that my internship actually matters!

Fall 2011

Student: Sociology Senior
Position: Volunteer Coordinator Assistant

I show up at the small, one-story, green house on Salina Street. You wouldn’t know it was any different than all the other houses except for the small sign in the window that says Austin Film Festival. I go inside and I’m instantly greeted by the hustle and bustle of at least ten to fifteen people. I find the Intern Binder and sign in to keep up with my hours worked. A normal day would then consist of answering phones and directing the calls to the respected people or answering questions about the festival. This job responsibility is one that never ends, the phones are almost always ringing. I check the Volgistics program to see if we have any new applications for volunteers. We call volunteers, their information listed in this computer program, to ask if they are still interested in volunteering this year and if they are, we notify them of the upcoming mandatory Volunteer Orientations.

I learn how to orient volunteers and can do the speech by heart. I interact with volunteers in the office helping with pre-festival work as they earn hours towards a film pass or badge for the festival. In the middle of all of this, I find time with the other Intern in my department to begin establishing shifts at each venue for each day of the festival. We start to schedule the volunteers into shifts we have created. I would soon find out that during the 8 days and nights of the festival I would be performing these same tasks all day, non-stop but would also be incorporating non-stop problem solving and a schedule filled with constant interaction with the volunteers, staff, panelists, filmmakers, celebrities and people attending the festival.

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