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First Look volunteers can serve selected hours before and during the festival. Depending on your time commitment, benefits include admission/tickets to MoMI, admission to First Look screenings, and a MoMI membership. 

Festival Dates: March 15–19
Minimum Commitment: 3 hours
First Look volunteer positions:


  • Greet and direct guests and filmmakers in lobby
  • Provide information about the festival 
  • Assist with our filmmakers’ lounge
  • Other duties as assigned

Theater Operations: 

  • Manage lines, take tickets and passes, and usher audiences into theaters
  • Direct audiences and provide information about the festival
  • This role will require the volunteer to be on their feet for significant periods of time.

The Pauline K. Shaw Volunteer Program

MoMI offers opportunities for volunteers to gain exposure to Museum operations and get to know the MoMI community.

Responsibilities are mainly assigned on weekend days and Friday early evenings. Volunteers should be able to commit to a minimum of four hours per month over a six-month period. The average shift is four hours. Candidates should have an interest in MoMI and its programs, a flexible attitude, and an understanding that reliability is crucial.

Volunteers receive a complimentary year-long membership to the Museum, discounts at the Moving Image Store, and invitations to special events.

Roles and responsibilities vary by shift and may include:

If you are interested in volunteering for First Look, apply here.

Interested in volunteering but you're unavailable for the 2023 First Look festival? See more information and sign up for ongoing volunteer positions here

Lobby Greeter

Greet and orient visitors; assist the Visitor Experience team in checking coats and managing crowds; encourage visitors to sign up for Museum correspondence.

Membership Information Table

Answer visitor questions about Museum membership, and enroll new members.

Museum Docent

Engage with visitors in the galleries; act as a guide through—and answer questions about—the exhibitions when prompted; communicate with staff to help ensure quality of the visitor experience.

*Note: some responsibilities require volunteers to stand for extended periods. Please indicate in your application if this is not tenable for you so alternate assignments can be made.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges Pauline Shaw, who developed and ran the Moving Image volunteer program after its building opened to the public in 1988.