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 is a New York based non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and inspire diverse communities by showing movies in outdoor locations, helping filmmakers to produce new films, and renting equipment at low-cost to artists and non-profits.

Rooftop Films is seeking interns for the Fall of 2019. We welcome students finishing their 1st year of college (or age equivalent) or above and all graduate students. Applications are due no later than August 26th, 2019.

Internships are not paid, but Rooftop Films’ staff will work with your school for internship credit. Applicants are encouraged to check their school’s internship or field work credit requirements before applying.

Please note: our offices are on the border of Park Slope and Gowanus, near the R, F and G trains in Brooklyn.


Festival Programming Intern (2 positions)

A great opportunity for students studying film, media and/or mass communications: learn how a nonprofit film festival works and see hundreds of great movies.

Interns will work closely with members of the programming team to assist in the pre-screening and rating of film submissions, and will participate in almost every process of the programming process. Interns will also assist with the general operations of Rooftop Films off-season programs and preparation for the Summer Series, including fundraising, marketing and outreach, organizing of off-season screenings and general office and festival work.

Candidates must have excellent organizational and communication skills, and an enthusiasm for film criticism and/or curation. This internship is an excellent opportunity to participate in the programming process of Rooftop Films and a great way to learn the inner workings of a film festival. We welcome undergraduate and graduate students (a passion for film is a must – film production / film studies experience is a plus).

Requirements: Candidates should have good experience working with Microsoft Office (particularly Excel), and Google Docs. Experience with HTML, Airtable, design programs or video editing software is a plus. Interns would be expected to average at least two days a week in the office, but generally the more time that can be committed, the better.

Primary internship tasks will include:

+ Tracking and requesting new independent films

+ Researching other film festivals in order to track trends

+ Organizing and maintaining film databases

+ Pre-screening film festival submissions

+ Contacting and corresponding with filmmakers

+ Organizing off-season film screenings

Assisting with operations of off season projects, including:

+ Marketing/Outreach/Publicity

+ Fundraising/Grant research and administration

+ Writing: including the Rooftop blog, social media, press releases and website content

+ General office work

+ Anything else you might be interested in-we want you to see how we work


To apply please send a cover letter, resume and references to: Please include “Fall Programming Internship” in the subject line of your email. Applications are due no later than August 26th, 2019.

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


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.”)

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