What is Ushering?
2013 RIIFF Usher Information
Each year, FLICKERS: Rhode Island
International Film Festival utilizes hundreds
of volunteers as ushers. Ushers help to ensure that
our screenings operate smoothly.
Duties of an usher
• Ripping tickets
• Seating patrons
• Keeping the venue neat
• Counting ballots
• Merchandise Sales
• Answering patrons’ basic questions
No previous experience is necessary to usher. It’s
easy, and it’s a great way to meet new people.
Ushers must be dependable, confident, and able to follow
instructions. For many of our guests, you will be the
only face of the festival that they see, so friendliness
is a must. We also need you to be on time, so that we
can be well organized. Ushers must be able to communicate
clearly and effectively with customers.
A Lead Usher is an experienced RIIFF
volunteer who organizes and oversees a team of ushers.
See our Guidelines for Lead Ushers.
Please do not sign up for Lead Usher shifts unless you
have been specifically invited by the RIIFF Volunteer
Coordinator to do so. Please give your respect, attention,
and cooperation to your Lead Usher. This person is directing
you during your volunteer shift. Please check in with
your lead usher before and after every shift.
If you sign up for an usher shift, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT
YOU SHOW UP FOR YOUR SHIFT, or call the Volunteer Office
if you must cancel. We’re depending on you!
For every two hours that you usher, you receive a voucher
for a free RIIFF movie ticket. The more you volunteer,
the more vouchers you earn. This year, you can redeem
five earned vouchers for Cinema Rhode Island membership,
a $50 value. Cinema Rhode Island members receive free
passes for advance screenings, discounts on future RIIFF
tickets and passes, and more. See the Voucher
Information page for more details.
Sometimes, it may be possible to see a movie that is
playing during your shift. This is NEVER a guarantee,
and depends on a number of factors, including workload
and available seating.
Questions? Contact the Volunteer Department at 401.861.4445,
FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival™
Office: 83 Park Street, Suite 1
Providence, RI. 02903 United States
401.861.4445. • firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter/Spring Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Summer Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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