Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

Founded in 1997, Rooftop Films is an innovative grassroots non-profit film festival and production collective based in Brooklyn, NY. Rooftop has grown to become one of NYC’s leading film organizations serving over 48,000 audience members. Our mission is to engage and inspire diverse communities by showing movies in outdoor locations, creating innovative events, and renting equipment at low-cost to artists and non-profits.

Rooftop Films is an equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages women and people of color to apply.

Now Accepting Applications for the Following Positions:


ROOFTOP FILMS SEEKS STAGEHANDS FOR 2019 SUMMER SERIES. Must have driver’s license and comfort with driving 14″ trucks!


Stagehands transport, install, operate, and troubleshoot audio, visual, and lighting equipment for Rooftop Films’ Summer Series outdoor screenings. Under the supervision of our AV technicians, PAs aid in the assembly of our outdoor AV exhibition systems and are primarily responsible for the transportation and setup of equipment, including our outdoor movie screens. 

Stagehands meet at our offices in Gowanus, Brooklyn for load-out and transportation of equipment to the site for setup or arrive on-site to work through the run of show, concluding with load-in at the end of the night. Because we screen in all 5 boroughs and occasionally out-of-state PAs should be prepared for a variety of work environments.


  •     Pulling and packing equipment in an organized and efficient manner from our shop into vehicles.
  •     Safe transportation of equipment to venue.
  •     Assist Lead Technician, Audio Engineer and Projectionist with the staging and setup of A/V equipment.
  •     Assembly and disassembly of fast-fold and inflatable screens.
  •     Recovery and organization of equipment at end of night, including the return of vehicles.


  •     Must possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record, as well as a willingness to drive cargo vans, 14’, 16′, and 21′ box trucks.
  •     Ability to lift 25 lbs independently and to safely lift 50 lbs with assistance.
  •     Comfortable working outdoors in varying weather conditions.
  •     Adaptable to a flexible work schedule, including nights and weekends.
  •     Familiarity with professional audio/visual technology and equipment a plus. This includes digital projection, analog and digital video signal routing, inflatable and folding projection screens, and sound reinforcement.
  •     Ability to troubleshoot, problem solve, and remain flexible under pressure. 
  •     Willingness to play a fluid role as part of a small, tight-knit team, balancing professionalism and a great sense of humor.

Technicians can expect to work between 25 and 40 hours per week from mid-May through August, and excellent technicians may have the opportunity to work through the winter. Compensation is $18/hour.

Please email a one page resume to Deanna Nairns, Technical Manager at and CC Amanda Barrafato, Technical Coordinator at with the following subject line: “Stagehand Application – [your first and last name]

Rooftop Films is an equal opportunity employer.



Rooftop Films is looking for Assistant Venue Managers to take a crucial role in the production of the Summer Series. Under the supervision of the Event Manager and senior event staff, the Assistant Venue Managers manage all front of house aspects of Rooftop Films events, including: event load-in/load-out, set-up and smooth execution of the box office, line management, implementing of safety procedures, and supporting the Venue Manager in general event preparation and execution as needed.

Assistant Venue Managers can expect to work approximately 20-30 hours per week over 2 or 3 days, with the possibility of more hours. The season runs between May – August 2019.


  • Venue Setup and Breakdown
      • Load in/out FOH Supplies (chairs, tents, stanchions, etc.)
    • Set up of all FOH aspects of the event, including: box office, seating areas, after-party space, and sponsor activations
  • Ensure smooth execution of the event, including:
      • Supervising volunteers
      • General customer service and hospitality
      • Crowd control and safety
      • Execution of safety/emergency plans
      • Box Office:
          • Oversee crowd flow and line management
          • Check in of pre-sale attendees and at the door sales
        • VIP and Rooftop Films member check-in
    • House Management:
        • Set-up of seating, merchandise and information tables
      • Supervise load in of attendees and reserved seating
      • Supervise ushering and monitoring attendees

Start Date: Late May 2019

How to Apply:

Applications are due no later than May 1, 2019. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Please include your last name and “Assistant Venue Manager” in the subject line of your email. Please also include links to all social media platforms (personal or otherwise) you’ve managed.


Rooftop Films is an equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages women and people of color to apply.


As a non-profit arts organization, Rooftop Films depends on volunteers like you for its growth and success. Working with Rooftop is a great opportunity to see fantastic films and live music, find out about the inner workings of film festivals, and meet the Rooftop staff and the filmmakers.

Rooftop consistently needs volunteers for over 40 shows during our Summer Series. Now, during off-season, we still have plenty of events happening! Most shows are on Friday or Saturday nights, with some special ones on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Volunteers can help out at as many or as few shows as they are available for.

If you are interested in volunteering please register here.

(Just follow the link, click “Join Organization” in upper right hand corner, then select “register new account.”)

Already registered with us as a volunteer? Click here to log in to your account to register for shifts.