Positions at AFS

Founded in 1985 by filmmaker Richard Linklater, the Austin Film Society’s mission is to empower our community to make, watch, and love creative media. At the AFS Cinema, AFS curates and screens hundreds of repertory, international and arthouse films annually; delivers financial support to Texas filmmakers through the AFS Grant; operates Austin Studios, a 20-acre production facility, and Austin Public, a space for our city’s diverse mediamakers to train and collaborate. Through its award-winning after school classes, intern training, and the Ed Lowry Student Film program, AFS encourages media literacy and provides a place for youth of all backgrounds to learn the craft of filmmaking and gain access to tools for media production. By hosting premieres, special events, local and international industry events, and the Texas Film Awards, AFS shines the national spotlight on Texas filmmakers while connecting Austin and Texas to the wider film community. AFS is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

OPEN POSITIONS

BOX OFFICE CASHIER, AFS CINEMA
BARTENDER, AFS CINEMA
VOLUNTEER PHOTOGRAPHER
SPRING 2019 INTERNSHIP

BOX OFFICE CASHIER, AFS CINEMA

The Austin Film Society seeks customer service all-stars to guide guests of the AFS Cinema through the service of ticketing and our quick service concessions.

Essential Responsibilities & Duties

  • Greet and serve guests in a timely manner, following the steps of service.
  • Accurately ring up Ticket and grab and go concessions purchases.
  • Lead guests through the cinema experience, and assist guests with way-finding
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the products and services offered at the AFS Cinema
  • The Ticket Counter and other service areas are setup and broken down according to AFS Cinema guidelines.
  • Follow AFS Cinema safety protocols at all times.
  • Maintain work and service areas, keeping them clean and stocked.
  • Apply Membership benefits per AFS member guidelines.

Key Measures For Success

  • Guests will frequently report positive experiences at the AFS Cinema
  • Tickets and grab and go concessions are purchased and served with accuracy.
  • Guests are able to find their seats in a timely manner.
  • Proper recipes and tools are utilized to consistently deliver quality food and beverages.
  • Cash drawers are accurate at the end of the day.
  • Service areas are welcome spaces for guests.
  • AFS culture is enhanced and membership increases.
  • Accidents and safety issues are reduced and kept to a minimum.

Required Skills/Knowledge/Abilities
Customer Service; Interpersonal Communication; Cash Handling; Speed of Service; Telephone Etiquette; Art House Film

Required Education/Experience
High School/GED, with industry experience preferred.

Expected Hours and Compensation
This position is part time. It requires night, holiday and weekend hours, similar to those of restaurants and theaters.

Pay rate: $10 / hour plus tip share.

Complexities and Condition of Employment
This position requires TABC certification and a Food Handlers certification.

Physical/ Environmental DemandsSitting and/or standing, keyboarding, reading, grasping, mousing, handwriting for 8.0+ hours per day, and are essential requirements of the position.

How to Apply
Email your cover letter, resume and three professional references as one PDF to cinemajobs@austinfilm.org with “Box Office Cashier– Your Name” in the subject line (e.g., Box Office Cashier – Jane Doe).
All inquiries are confidential. The Austin Film Society supports workplace diversity and equal opportunity for all individuals.

Always accepting applications.

BARTENDER, AFS CINEMA

The AFS Cinema seeks energetic bartenders to guide guests through the culinary and film experiences at the cinema. Passion for quality food, beverages and film is required.

Essential Responsibilities & Duties

  • Guests are greeted and served in timely manner, through the sequence of service.
  • Recipe guidelines for beverage builds are consistently followed, ensuring product integrity
  • Bartenders have comprehensive knowledge of the products and services offered at the AFS Cinema
  • Setup and break down service areas according to AFS Cinema guidelines
  • Take orders with accuracy, and deliver them to guests per the AFS guidelines. Cash drawers and banks are handled with accuracy.
  • Serve alcohol within TABC guidelines.
  • Follow AFS Cinema safety protocols at all times.
  • Apply Membership benefits AFS member guidelines.

Key Measures For Success

  • Guests will frequently report positive service experiences at the cinema.
  • Food and beverages will be delivered with efficient accuracy.
  • The proper tools and recipes are utilized to consistently deliver quality food and beverages.
  • Guests are educated on the finer points of the menu and programming at AFS Cinema.
  • Cash drawers and banks are accurate.
  • Service areas are maintained and kept clean of spills and clutter. The space is welcoming to guests.
  • AFS culture is enhanced and membership increases.
  • Accidents and safety issues are reduced and kept to a minimum.

Required Skills/Knowledge/Abilities
Customer Service; Menu Knowledge; Craft Beverages; Interpersonal Communication; Cash Handling; Restaurant Point of Sale (Aloha); Speed of Service; Telephone Etiquette; Art House Film

Required Education/Experience
High School/GED and 1-3 years related experience.

Expected Hours and Compensation
This position is part time. It requires night, holiday and weekend hours, similar to those of restaurants and theaters.

Pay rate: $8 / hour plus tips.

Complexities and Condition of Employment
This position requires TABC certification and a Food Handlers certification. 

Physical/ Environmental Demands: Sitting and/or standing, keyboarding, reading, grasping, mousing, handwriting for 8.0+ hours per day, and lifting or moving weight of 50lbs are essential requirements of the position.

How to Apply
Email your cover letter, resume and three professional references as one PDF to cinemajobs@austinfilm.org with “Bartender- Your Name” in the subject line (e.g., Bartender – Jane Doe).

Always accepting applications.

VOLUNTEER PHOTOGRAPHERS

Join the AFS team as a volunteer photographer! Lend your creative talent and enjoy films and events for free. AFS is looking for experienced photographers to help capture filmmaker Q&As, member events, and cinema activations.
Requirements: Must be able to provide your own equipment and be comfortable shooting in low-light environments (most of the Q&As happen in the Cinema’s theaters, which have low ambient lighting). Must be able to shoot one event per month and deliver edited digital images within three days of the shoot day. Volunteers will serve as representatives of AFS, so a professional demeanor and friendly attitude are required!
Hours: Flexible. The majority of events occur in the evenings (weekends and weekdays). Most events would have at least two weeks advance notice, but some last-minute opportunities may arise.
Perks: Access to often sold-out conversations with filmmakers such as Richard Linklater, Catherine Hardwicke, and Jay Duplass, and exclusive member and donor events. Volunteer photographers will receive a complimentary membership after meeting minimum requirements.
How to apply: Please send samples of your work (online portfolio preferred) and why this position piques your interest to christine@austinfilm.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

SPRING 2019 INTERNSHIP & FILM REFERRAL PROGRAM

The AFS Internship and Film Referral Program is comprised of two phases. Our goals are to educate participants about the film and arts industries and facilitate job placement in the field. The first phase is an Office Internship, followed by a Senior Internship and the Film Referral Program. The Internships each last a semester and take place at the AFS Facilities: Austin Studios and Austin Public. The Film Referral phase is ongoing. Apply for the Internship Here >>

AFS Internship

Film Referral Program is a great way to immerse yourself in the local film community, while gaining valuable work experience. Our primary goals are to educate participants and provide an experience that allows for professional growth to assist intern alumni with job placement in the arts.

Structure of AFS Internship Program:

    • Most begin as an OFFICE INTERN working across departments
    • Office interns, dependent on their first semester’s success, are able to become SENIOR INTERNS, gaining in-depth experience with a particular AFS department
    • All internship tracks include participation in the FILM REFERRAL PROGRAM.
    • All AFS internships are unpaid.
    • The Office Internship is not a production internship.
Now accepting applications for Spring 2019.
Deadline is November 30th, 2018 @ 11:59 PM.

Please read the Application instructions, applicant requirements and internship description below before completing the application.

 

OFFICE INTERNSHIPS

Participants learn about the inner workings of the film industry, non-profit organization and gain exposure to the local film community. Interns master basic office skills, workplace etiquette, and support event & program management.

All participate in a minimum of three professional development workshops; create a personal video project; and contribute to AFS’ various events.

Interns receive informal feedback throughout their tenure, as well as a formal evaluation at the mid-point of the semester.

Office Interns contribute a minimum of 15 hours per week, divided between:

  • Two office shifts at the Main Office at Austin Studios, one from 9AM-2PM, one from 2PM-6PM
  • One 3-hour office shift at Austin Public, times vary
  • Assisting with AFS programs, including staffing AFS events at AFS Cinema, Austin Public, and Austin Studios.

 

SENIOR INTERNSHIPS

After a semester, office interns have the opportunity to intern in a specific department, where they work directly with staff to enact AFS programs. Departments include: Exhibition, Video & Special Media, Filmmaker & Community Media Resources, Production Services, Fundraising & Membership, Marketing and Graphic Design.

Senior interns are expected to work 15 hours per week.

Depending on need, senior internships may become available for immediate entry. When completing your application for the upcoming semester, you can indicate if you would like to be considered for one of these openings.

 

Film Referral Program

All Interns that successfully complete a semester at AFS are eligible for our Film Referral Program (FRP), through which we help our intern alumni find job opportunities. To date, we’ve facilitated over 600 FRP placements in part and full-time positions. Participants are placed on a “referral list” in our database and are recommended to production companies when positions become available. Only alumni of the internship program are eligible for participation in the FRP.

 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR AN INTERNSHIP?

STEP 1 – MEET THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be able to commit to 15 hours per week, which includes:
    (A) an office shift at Austin Studios from 9AM-2PM, (B) an office shift at Austin Studios from 2PM-6PM, (C) a 3-hour shift at Austin Public
    and (D) additional event shifts
  • Be able to fulfill the weekly and semester requirements asked of you
  • Be able to commit to the full semester for Spring 2019 (January 14th – May 19th), including the mandatory orientation on Monday, January 14th, 2019; 2:00 – 6:00 PM

STEP 2 – COMPLETE THE ONLINE INTERNSHIP APPLICATION FORM.
All applications MUST be submitted by 11:59 PM on November 30th, 2018.

 

QUESTIONS?

Have more questions about the internship and the application process?  Visit our FAQ page>>>
You can also email afs@austinfilm.org.  No phone calls regarding your application.

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