Last year, I interned for William & Mary’s own Global Film Festival. No, I’m not a film & media studies major, and ironically, I don’t love watching movies in my free time. However, I was still highly interested in getting involved with the festival, and was selected to manage volunteers throughout the 3-day event. Unique opportunities manifest themselves all around campus and this gem of an opportunity was too good to pass up. William & Mary’s Global Film Festival is an annual event jam-packed with workshops, short-films, and receptions to meet with special guests, producers, and other film-junkies.
Students can receive free tickets to any screening, and there are tickets available for purchase to the public. However, if you’re looking to get more involved, there are opportunities to intern or volunteer during the festival. I would advise students keep up with “Student Happenings”, a weekly newsletter with activities and events around campus. This is also where opportunities to intern or volunteer for programs are often posted. Students may apply for an internship role in the Fall, and if selected, are responsible for specific roles to contribute to the event which is hosted in the Spring at the Kimball Theatre. For those not interested in holding a leadership role, volunteers are gladly accepted to assist in multiple facets of the festival.
I had a great experience interning with the festival last year, watching incredibly captivating short films, and would highly recommend anyone to check out this years line up. My favorite movie was “My Friend Dahmer” which detailed Jeffery Dahmer’s life in high school before he became a psycho-serial killer. This movie, in addition to all the others, were amazing! Be sure to check William & Mary’s Global Film Festival this January 31st – February 3rd, 2019.