Founded in 1997, Rooftop Films is an innovative, grassroots, non-profit, film festival and production collective based in Brooklyn, NY. Rooftop Films has grown to become one of New York City’s leading film organizations, serving over 45,000 audience members. Our mission is to engage and inspire diverse communities by showing movies in outdoor locations, creating innovative events, and teaching filmmaking to young people in addition, Rooftop Films provides professional equipment at low-cost to artists, educational institutions, and other non-profit organizations. 

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

Now Accepting Applications for the Following Positions: 

• Summer Internships
• Volunteers


Rooftop Films is seeking interns for Summer 2017. Founded in 1997, Rooftop Films is an innovative grassroots non-profit film festival 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, producing new films, and renting equipment and producing events at low-cost to artists, non-profits and community groups.

A great opportunity for film, arts administration and nonprofit management students as well as young filmmakers: learn how a non-profit film festival works and see hundreds of great movies. We welcome students finishing their 1st year of college (or age equivalent) or above and all graduate students.

Internships are not paid, but can be done for school credit. Find out your school’s internship or field work credit requirements and we will work with you to accommodate them. Our offices are on the border of Park Slope and Gowanus, near the R, F and G trains in Brooklyn, so please apply only if you will be able to handle that commute.

Applications are due no later than April 14, 2017.


Festival Internship 

Help with all aspects of planning and managing a non-profit film festival.

Internship Tasks Include:

Festival Marketing and Publicity

• Marketing, research, promotions and community outreach.
• Research content for and help maintain social media for the 2017 Summer Series.
• Monitor film/entertainment sites for relevant social media/outreach content.
• Research and help liaison with partner organizations for outreach around screenings.
• Strategically research and contact press outlets.
• Coordinate and implement distribution of promotional materials in targeted communities.

Pre-Production and On-site Event Coordination

• Help organize film screenings (including in office prep and production).
• Assist with box office and merchandise sales.
• Help coordinate volunteers.
• Pre-screen programs of films.
• Organize and maintain film databases.
• Contacting, corresponding and hosting filmmakers.
• Audio and video tech work.
• Fundraising and development.
• General office and festival work.
• Anything else you might be interested in — we want you to see how we work.

Candidates should have good experience working with Microsoft Office (particularly Excel) and experience with Filemaker, HTML, design programs or video editing software is a plus.

Festival Internship candidates would be expected to average at least two days a week in the office and one evening show per week, but generally the more time you can commit the better.

Start Date: May/June 2017

How to Apply:

Applications are due no later than April 14, 2017. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Please include “Summer Internship” in the subject line of your email.


Receipt of applications will be acknowledged via email. Not all applicants will receive interviews.

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 will need volunteers for over 50 shows summer 2016, all of which will be outdoors between May and August. Most shows are on Friday or Saturday nights, with some special shows 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 fill out the online Rooftop Volunteer Application Form. Once you submit your form, we will get back to you with more information and volunteer assignments.

Already registered with us as a volunteer? Click here to log on to your Volunteer Information Center account to register for shifts.

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Rooftop Films is a New York based non-profit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists.

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