Film Festival

Temecula Film Festival Needs Volunteers

After a two year hiatus, the community once again welcomes one of the most prestigious and boast-worthy events it has to offer, when the Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival (TVIFF) returns to the area.

This year’s festival promises to be better than ever, with submissions from all over the globe, special events including a black tie gala, educational seminars, and filmmaking workshops. New on the schedule for 2014 is the TVIFF Marketplace, which is an opportunity to rub elbows with some of the finest creative talents in the fields of entertainment and technology.

Though the Temecula event has the same caliber of talent and stellar reputation as some of the larger film festivals across the country, it does not have the same budget, and the event planners need the help of the community to pull it off.

As a TVIFF volunteer, you have the opportunity to be surrounded by some of the most influential names in the entertainment industry, as well as a first hand educational opportunity to see what kind of work goes into such an elaborate event.

Positions are available in every area from handymen and carpenters to orators and social media experts, to name a few. Flexible shifts are available to accommodate work and school schedules.

Volunteers receive complimentary tickets to view some of the film festival submissions, as well as discounts to special events including the red carpet opening night and the black tie gala.

Anything can happen at the festival and often does. Jo Moulton, Festival Founder and Director, has a few stories about volunteers who have had especially unique experiences.

“We’ve had many interesting and fun things happen to our volunteers,” Moulton said during a recent interview. “We had one volunteer drive Isaac Hayes home to Hollywood, but, he said ‘for all the driving you did, I want to take you to dinner.’ So she got to have dinner with Isaac Hayes. And we had another drive Corbin Bernsen home in her own car when his ride fell through. It’s those kind of once in a lifetime things that you always have to brag about.”

The festival is September 17th through the 21st. All interested volunteers must attend a volunteer seminar, which take places four times throughout the month of August.

Moulton is confident that her volunteers will take away as much satisfaction from their time with the festival as the festival appreciates the time they are committing to the event.

“If you come and volunteer at the festival, not only will you get to meet all these really great, as well as some famous, people, but you get to have an unbelievable experience,” Moulton said. “I am very happy I have so many people who are interested in making it happen. Somebody must be looking out for us because people are always willing to help. ”

For more information on volunteer seminars as well as the festival film itself, please visit their website at tviff.com.

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Holly Herndon

Holly Herndon

Holly has been covering arts & entertainment in the Temecula Valley for as long as she has been a part of the community. She loves San Diego sports almost as much as she loves her family.

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