Work with Us

The NZ Film Festival Trust is a not-for-profit organisation that is only possible with the support of passionate volunteers and a small team of dedicated staff. Our head office is based in Wellington and is complemented by an Auckland office. We also have fabulous personnel in Christchurch and Dunedin who help in making the Festival a success in the main centres.

If you would like to become involved with the Festival please read about the current opportunities below. 

AUCKLAND CONTRACT POSITION

Auckland - Communications Assistant

This opportunity is a contract position in our Auckland team for the 2014 NZIFF, in the role of Auckland Communications Assistant. The contract runs from 19 May to 8 August.

Key tasks include assisting the Auckland Manager and Auckland Publicist. For a full job description refer to the advertised poistion on The Big Idea or please download the attached job description and then email a CV and cover letter to the attention of: 

Sharon Byrne 
General Manager 
sharon@nziff.co.nz

Applications close 5.00pm Wednesday 23rd April. 

2014 UNPAID INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES WITH NZIFF

NZIFF offers a handful of unpaid work-experience placements every year.

This small intern programme evolved at NZIFF in response to requests from overseas students who were seeking to shape volunteer experience with us into a formal three-month appointment that would fulfil university course requirements. The European tertiary institutions attended by our first interns recognised NZIFF as an appropriate deliverer of curriculum requirements.

Two years ago we opened the programme to New Zealanders who’d seen the model as an opportunity to obtain valuable, recognised workplace experience and a valuable CV item. The office hours required for course credits overseas have not always been applied so stringently to the New Zealand interns and we are able to arrange some flexibility around other commitments. The long term nature of the placement is however integral to providing a close-up overview of how NZIFF is brought together every year. (We regret we do not have the staff resources to train multiple interns into shorter term placements.)

Interns carry out nice-to-have services at NZIFF but are not essential to the operation of NZIFF, and are not expected in any way to stand in for or supplant paid staff or contract appointments. In Wellington interns can expect to assist with external communications, expanding our outreach programmes to local community organisations. This can involve research, establishing contacts and developing targeted information and marketing material. Interns also assist in such routine tasks as schedule and website content checking, for example, gaining insight into key areas of our operation in the process.

Interns are often able to attend selection screenings They participate in department planning meetings and full staff meetings and briefings throughout the period. The Wellington office is a small, busy and crowded one and provides privy to every aspect of running an event in a way that placement at a more lavishly resourced event might not. Placement in the Auckland office provides an immersion in the logistics of event delivery. All interns receive full staff privileges.

NZIFF staff and contractors provide ongoing support for the interns: the training and supervision of interns is included in their job descriptions. This may add to staff workloads on occasions, but the sharing of skills and experience (and the obligation to be setting a good example) are seen as entirely positive elements in our office culture by all concerned.

Over eight years NZIFF and its interns (one, most years, and never more than three) have benefited greatly from this programme. Interns of diverse dispositions and nationalities have added considerable value to the work we do.  Many have stayed in touch and have subsequently found full time work, here and abroad, in exhibition, sales, distribution, publicity, event management and at NZIFF.  

If you would like to be considered for NZIFF’s internship programme please write to us at NZIFFInternship@nziff.co.nz. Include an introduction and your current CV, and be sure to tell us what you’re hoping to gain from workplace experience at NZIFF. We look forward to hearing from you.

Former NZIFF Interns:

David Nicoll, New Zealand (2013)

 “I was one of two interns for the festival last year and it was an opportunity I’m always grateful for. I got to work with some amazing people and see some fantastic films. Having work experience at the festival on the CV does get you noticed.” 

 

Kailey Carruthers, Canada (2010)

“I moved from Canada for the role and was welcomed into an amazing community.

I was lucky enough to find full time work after the festival based on my work with them and I do count myself lucky.

The NZFF are a great group to work with, and although it can be difficult to take 14 weeks out of regular income (if you have one) it is worth it if you are looking to get a foot in the door and meet an incredibly dedicated staff of film lovers.” 

VOLUNTEER at NZIFF

We love volunteers!

If you're passionate about film, event management and/or communication then consider volunteering with the Festival. We offer a friendly environment with flexible hours (between 9am and 5pm weekdays), copious amounts of tea and coffee, plus complimentary movie tickets. Sometimes there's also homemade cake.

Read on to find out more about our volunteer positions. Please note that due to office space limitations we cannot always accept all volunteer requests - limited opportunities in Auckland and Dunedin are available for 2014. We are now accepting applications of interest for Wellington NZIFF office volunteers.

Wellington - Website Volunteer

All Wellington office volunteers must be available to provide volunteer hours during normal office hours. We are unable to accommodate volunteers outside of Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm due to staff workloads. Thank you. 

Assist with

  • Loading film notes, session times, and general information to the Festival website
  • Researching relevant online articles for Festival films

Skills required

  • Knowledge of CMS website application preferred
  • Great computer literacy
  • Proactive, problem-solving attitude

Period

  • In Wellington we require assistance during the months of May, June, July and August. We are only able to accommodate volunteers in the office during normal working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm).

Interested?

Email a brief introduction, your current resume and your contact details to the Festival General Manager Sharon Byrne, sharon@nzff.co.nz . Please include the subject heading "Wellington Volunteer - Website Application”.  

Wellington - General Office Volunteer

All Wellington office volunteers must be available to provide volunteer hours during normal office hours. We are unable to accommodate volunteers outside of Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm due to staff workloads. Thank you.  

Assist with

  • Researching and contacting community groups
  • Preparing mail item for postage
  • Assist in the preparation of posters and displays materials
  • General office assistance

Skills required

  • Good communication skills
  • Proactive, problem-solving attitude
  • Good computer literacy

Period

  • In Wellington we require assistance during the months of May, June, July and August. We are only able to accommodate volunteers in the office during normal working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm).

Interested?

Email a brief introduction, your current resume and your contact details to the Festival General Manager Sharon Byrne, sharon@nzff.co.nz . Please include the subject heading "Wellington Volunteer - General Application”. 

Wellington - Volunteer Usher

We require an army of volunteers to assist with ushering film screenings at our cinema venues around town. We’re humbled by the number of returning volunteers every year but we do welcome new enquiries.

We do require a commitment from Volunteer Ushers to be available prior to NZIFF for one to two hours of training, plus a commitment to be available for a minimum of eight shifts during NZIFF. NZIFF in Wellington will run from 25 July to 10 August, 2014.

Interested?

Email a brief introduction, your current resume and your contact details to NZIFF General Manager Sharon Byrne, sharon@nzff.co.nz . Please include the subject heading "Wellington Volunteer Usher Application”. Please note that usher queries will be answered by the Wellington Festival Manager once their contract commences in June 2014. 

Christchurch - Publicity Volunteer

Assist with

  • Contacting special interest groups
  • Preparing direct mail packs
  • Compiling press clippings
  • Poster/information displays
  • Providing press with information/materials
  • Assistance with media screenings

Skills required

  • Strong communication skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good computer literacy (Microsoft Office programs in particular)

Period

  • In Christchurch we require an assistant during the months of July and August.

Interested?

Email a brief introduction, your current resume and your contact details to the Festival General Manager Sharon Byrne, sharon@nzff.co.nz . Please include the subject heading "Christchurch Publicity Volunteer Application".

Dunedin - Publicity Volunteer

We require a volunteer to assist our Dunedin Festival Manager with:
  • Community outreach
  • Distributing promotional material
  • Assistance with events and hospitality
  • Other event management tasks as required

Skills required

  • Strong communication skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good computer literacy (Microsoft Office programs in particular)

Period

  • In Dunedin we require a part-time assistant during the months of July and August.

Interested?

Email a brief introduction, your current resume and your contact details to the Festival General Manager Sharon Byrne, sharon@nzff.co.nz . Please include the subject heading "Dunedin Publicity Volunteer Application".