Tales of a Film Festival Volunteer – Episode Three: The First Shift

Well today was my first volunteer shift at the Varsity theatre for the Toronto International Film Festival! For the most part, I did tasks such as directing traffic and checking ticket stubs for re-entry into the theatre. I would say the highlight of my shift involved when I was assigned to help mind the press/industry entrance (basically my task involved giving directions when asked and making sure no one exits via the entrance). This happened around the time press were lining up to attend a press screening of “All the King’s Men” (which officially opens with a Gala screening tomorrow night). Essentially, the line for this screening got so big it covered most of the theatre. This gave me a good look at how busy the film festival can get (especially involving big films). Because of slowness (and the fact that the next shift was coming in) I was relieved and signed out at 7:00 (which was 45 minutes before the scheduled end). Basically I received my voucher, grabbed a bite to eat, and headed home. I will have another shift tomorrow and you should expect my next log entry then.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).