Volunteer for the 14th Annual
International Ocean Film Festival

The International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF) is a volunteer-driven organization. The festival can only happen because of people like you. Each year over 200 volunteers contribute their time, energy, and enthusiasm to make the festival a reality.   

How to Volunteer

To volunteer for this year's festival, which takes place at Cowell Theater at Fort Mason on March 9 – 12, 2017, you can sign up starting Thursday, February 2. from this page. Note that we can't take early sign-ups, and all volunteers must sign up through the website. Learn more about volunteering at the festival by reading the information below. And be sure to come back to this page on February 2 to sign up!

Volunteer shifts

You can sign up for up to five shifts over the four-day festival. Shifts generally fill up quickly. Please note that signing up does not guarantee you a space on the shifts you request. The Volunteer Coordinator will send out individual emails that confirm your requested shift(s) by the end of February. 

Volunteer duties

Duties may include greeting attendees (indoors or outdoors), VIP/pre-sale check-in, ticket taker, theater usher, queue/line facilitator, concession sales, crowd control, parking pass attendant, merchandise sales, setup, and clean up.

Actual duties will be delegated at the beginning of each volunteer shift by the Volunteer Coordinator or designated representative. 

If you have any special needs please email Paul McManus at the time you sign up and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

Age requirement

All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.




Paul is extremely passionate about ocean conservation, marine exploration, and protecting the environment. He joins the International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF) crew with previous volunteer and work experience at some great organizations – including DeepFlight and Blue Ocean Film Festival. We welcome Paul and are excited for everything he'll help us bring to this year’s IOFF!


Can I bring a friend or child with me to my shift?
No, only enrolled volunteers will be admitted. Friends and family are welcome to purchase tickets to any of our wonderful programs and see you in the theater auditorium. Minors must be accompanied by another adult.

Is there any food or drink provided for volunteers during a shift?
There may some light snacks and drinks provided, but you are more than welcome to bring your own food and drinks, or grab food nearby before or after your shift. There will also also be concessions available for purchase at the theater.

Do I get a break during my shift?
We promise not to work you so hard that you need a break, and also keep in mind that you'll get to sit and watch close to 90 minutes of awesome films in the middle of every shift!

Can I leave early if I don't feel like watching all the films?
You have committed to volunteering for the entire length of the shift, and we rely on you for the duration, including when the theater lets out at the end of the program.

We want to volunteer as a group/team. Is that possible?
We love to accommodate groups where possible. We have a maximum group size of 14 people, and everyone must be at least 18 years of age. Have every member sign up for the same program right away (or designate 1 person to sign-up the group 1 by 1) and make sure to have each person add a note with your group or organization name. Then have someone email Paul McManus with a list of all your names and the program(s) you are willing to work. We have to limit your group to only one program.

If I have some free timecan I just show up and help at other programs?
We love that enthusiasm, and thank you, but we will have all the hands we need.

When will I be assigned my role?
At the start of your shift, so it is critical that you are on time for a quick briefing and instruction.

What if I have physical limitations?
Please contact Paul in advance and make him aware so that we can do what we can to make sure you are comfortable in your role.

Can I mingle and make new contacts?
Yes of course, but we just ask that you be 100% focused on your responsibilities during your shift. Feel free to stick around after your shift and have a great time.

What do I need to bring?
We just need you! And remember to bring your volunteer t-shirt each time if you are working multiple shifts.

Where can I get more information?
Check out the rest of our website, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or email Paul.

2017 Volunteers

2017 Planning Committee Volunteers

Hayley Carter, Social Media Coordinator
Holly Cooper, Website Editor
Cyndi Devereaux, Gala Fundraiser
Gaby Esquivel, Marketing and Special Events Manager
Neely Evanoff, Education Outreach
Mary Heeney, Education Program
Yuko Inatsuki, 2016 Trailer
Niam Itani, Student Film Competition
Ann Marie MacVey, Gala Fundraiser
Paul McManus, Volunteer Coordinator
Mary Heeney, Education Outreach
Ashleigh Papp, Newsletter Editor
Perry Pickert, Technical Consultant, Fridays Films
Robin Rome, Education Program Lead Volunteer
Jennifer Stock, Student Film Competition
Matthew Tominaga, Graphic Design
Andy Thornley, Emcee Extraordinaire
Vicky Vasquez, Education Program Emcee
Collin Welbon, Website Editor


2017 Screening Committee Volunteers

Gretchen Coffman
Sidney J. P. Hollister
Keith Howell
Yuko Inatsuki
David McGuire
Ibon Olaskoaga
John Owen
Rachel Rhodes
Mary Jane Schramm
Stan Teng
Pete Winch