May 13, 2017 at 8:24AM


Paid volunteer work . . .

No Film School posted a few relevant subjects on film festivals that I thoroughly enjoyed recently. Amongst a posted article was a disturbing read (and or trend) about a film festival not reviewing a filmmaker's work in its entirety and essentially relegating his hard work to a dustbin of insignificance. Truly disappointing, but to be fair of the article / festival the filmmaker was reimbursed upon request once he discovered his work was not viewed thoroughly and outed by Vimeo Analytics.

I volunteered at a film festival last year to better understand the process which led me down a deeper rabbit hole with my own film projects.

Anyway, I (was) signing up for a mountain town film festival this week that begins at the end of May, 2017 when I discovered that volunteering comes at a hefty price of $375.00 (according to their website) for four days of work with no accommodations e.g., no hotel, no food and maybe an attaboy by end of day four. I'm certainly not looking for pats on the back or s w a g while volunteering, but I also do not expect to be fleeced either.

I thought this film festival touted being low-key, non corporate and away from the glitz and glamour of bigger film festivals, but to charge a volunteer fee is beyond my simpleton ways.

I'm sure the mountain town film (Telluride) festival will continue to collect thousands of dollars in fees paid by willing volunteers eagerly forking over cash to be a part of the glitz and glamour to which I say "been there, done that."

I'll continue to volunteer for the no-brainer, fee less festivals for the sake of passion, but not the insults while adding injury.

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