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by Kate Gellene
March 10th, 2014

Rooftop is seeking interns for the 2014 Summer season. Join us on the roof this summer and learn the ins and outs of planning and managing a film festival! This is a great opportunity for film, arts administration and nonprofit management students as well as young filmmakers. Spend time in the office and help us plan, prepare, and promote – then work at the shows and see it all come together!

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. We welcome graduate students and applicants finishing their 1st year of college (or age equivalent) or older. Rooftop Films is an equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages women and people of color to apply. To learn more about internships at Rooftop Films, visit or jobs page.

FESTIVAL INTERNSHIP (4 positions available):
Help with all aspects of planning and managing a film festival.

Internship tasks include:

+ Organizing film screenings (including in office prep, on-site show setup, production and breakdown)
+ Organizing volunteers
+ Managing the box office and merchandise sales
+ Marketing, research, promotions and community outreach
+ Pre-screening programs of films
+ Contacting, corresponding and hosting filmmakers
+ Contacting the press and promoting the screenings
+ Writing press releases, blog posts and social network website updates
+ Organizing and maintaining film databases
+ Organizing tape library
+ Fundraising and development
+ Audio and video tech work
+ 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.

Applications are due no later than April 25, 2014. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to summer.intern@rooftopfilms.com. Please include “Festival Internship” in the subject line of your email.

VIDEO PRODUCTION INTERNSHIP (2 position available):
Rooftop Films seeks organized, detail-oriented Video Production Interns to assist with editing of show content and other video related tasks during the 2014 Rooftop Films Summer Series.

Internship tasks include:
+ Shooting Q+A’s, musical performances and interviews
+ Editing short videos for the web
+ Assisting with filmmaker relations, correspondence and print traffic (coordination of film master delivery)
+ Assisting with audio editing for Rooftop’s Podcast
+ Organizing media library
+ General office and festival work

The candidate should have:
+ Final Cut Pro editing experience
+ Photoshop experience
+ Comfort in capturing/ripping/converting footage (from DVD, Bluray, mini dv and various HD formats)
+ Interest in and eagerness to learn the technical aspects of video and graphic design
+ Proficiency with Macs and Quicktime video codecs
+ Media management skills/ability to track and organize high volume workflow
+ Knowledge of DVD authoring (DVD Studio Pro / iDVD) is a plus

Video Production 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.

Applications are due no later than April 25, 2014. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to edit.intern@rooftopfilms.com. Please include “Video Internship” in the subject line of your email.

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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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