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#Tribeca2020 Department Application

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The contributions of the Tribeca Film Festival seasonal staff to the success of the past Festivals is immeasurable.

As the needs of the Festival evolve, positions begin to require more technical training. In 2019 we created a Production Assistant (PA) program with a focus on more specialized hires who are able to commit to extended periods of time during the run of the Festival. That worked so well last year, we are continuing that this year!

We are looking for reliable, professional, customer-service driven production assistants that have experience with Festivals. We take all requests into consideration however, placements are based on the Festival needs and we cannot always accommodate these requests. 

AVAILABILITYEach department has their own requirements for availability. Please read through the department descriptions before selecting your First and Second Choices. You will need to be available on April 13 and/or 14th for orientation and training. Please note that ALL employees that work for Tribeca must have Harassment Training. Additional information will be provided if you are selected to work the Festival this year.

Tribeca is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

#TRIBECA2020 Department Position Descriptions 

Artist Relations & Industry will primarily be positioned at the registration stations to assist filmmakers, guests, or industry members with checking in and receiving information throughout the Festival. For the Artist Relations Department, some shifts may also involve staffing the Filmmaker desks at the screenings venues. For the Industry, PAs will welcome Industry members to the Festival and assist with the Concierge, a hospitality service provided to accredited Festival Industry patrons. These departments require friendly PA's with a high level of professionalism, strong interpersonal skills and excellent customer service. 

Audience Awards Attendees will work with the Audience Awards Coordinator and alongside the Screenings department to facilitate the onsite voting process for the Festival’s two Audience Awards! Candidates must be comfortable around technology, quick learners, have strong interpersonal skills, excellent customer service. and be available 4/16-4/25. Come help attendees vote their passions!

Box Office Ticket Agents are a blend of customer service and ticketing/venue operations. The primary responsibility of this position is to provide guests with a positive experience by assisting attendees in purchasing Festival tickets and supplying accurate event information. You will be facilitating in-person ticket transactions at Venue Box Office locations and/or at our Call Center. Box Office positions require handling cash transactions with accuracy and detail. Previous Call Center, Box Office or the equivalent customer service experience is strongly preferred.

Tribeca Immersive is a festival within a festival. Immersive presents a programmed exhibition space of virtual reality experiences, held exclusively for 9 days at Spring Studios (April 17-25). Tribeca Immersive showcases storytelling and technology pioneers in virtual reality, augmented reality, performance theatre, and other mediums. Immersive covers three categories; Cinema360 (seated theater experience), Virtual Arcade (non-competition projects), and Storyscapes (competition). As a Docent, you will be a guide for the Tribeca Immersive experience. Docents are familiar with the space, projects, virtual reality hardware, and procedures needed to present the best possible experience. Docents are often the first faces attendees see. You will assist with sign-ups, move guests into and out of headsets, and troubleshoot as needed. Docents are assigned one project within the space by the Staffing Coordinator before they begin. Assignments are based on Docent experience.

Orange Hat/Z Pass Production Assistants provides our Z Pass VIP Passholders with personal and premium concierge service. PAs will be assigned to one venue for the entire duration of the Festival, but may be asked to go to other venues if more resources are needed. Due to the need for excellent customer service skills when interacting with Z Pass VIP Passholders, Orange Hat PAs must be mature and professional with great people skills and a positive attitude. Just as importantly, these PAs should be team players, flexible, and hard working. Orange Hat PAs must wear business casual attire, as well as an orange baseball cap (provided by the Festival) in order to be easily identified by Z Pass VIP Passholders. The shifts for Orange Hat PAs will require a lot of walking and standing so PAs should be aware that they will most likely be on their feet for the entire duration of their shift. Additionally, some shifts may require PAs to work outside.

The Overland - Special Events Department produces all red carpet gala screenings at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (TPAC). We are looking for PAs with strong customer/concierge service skills. You must be able to stand for long periods of time, and some of shifts may involve some light physical labor. General duties include; assistance with guest registration and guest traffic flow, assistance in branding step and repeat walls for each screening, help loading in sponsor collateral for screenings and green rooms, and assisting with the setup and breakdown of guest seating. This requires at least 8 days of availability.

Press Production Assistants will help register press members and assist with providing them information at the registration space. They may also help to check in press and assist in facilitating the press screenings and interview rooms taking place around the Festival. Strong interpersonal communication skills and professional discretion are needed.

Print Traffic Runners have a true behind-the-scenes experience of film screenings. They will assist with the movement of the actual film prints around the Festival for all of the various screenings. Film prints consist of hard drives and compact discs. These tasks require occasional heavy lifting and climbing up and down stairs in addition to getting in and out of SUVs. Runners in this department should expect stretches of down time punctuated by activity. Applicants will undergo a vetting process to determine participation. Please note that some shifts for Print Traffic end an hour after the last screening which can stretch to 2am on some nights. 

Production Department Assistants, similar to Print Traffic, allows you to have a behind-the-scenes experience of what it takes to put on a Festival event. Production Assistants have the opportunity to contribute to Festival operations by assisting with street permitting as well as organizational projects and helping prep for upcoming events.  

Screenings Rangers will work alongside our Theater Managers in an actively moving position throughout TFF venues, interacting with the vast majority of the general public, and overseeing the entry process for all ticket and badge holders at each theater.  As a member of the Screenings Department you will also have access to a unique and behind-the-scenes look at the Tribeca Film Festival. Our department is the film-factory of the Festival – keeping the movies coming all day long, executing the inner-workings of film premieres, red carpets, and Q&A sessions. We are a team-oriented, high-energy and fast-paced department, if that sounds like fun to you – come and join us!



What are the requirements for working with Tribeca?

All PAs must be 18 years of age or older by April 13, 2020, but please note that many departments work with our alcohol, beer and wine sponsors and require PAs to be 21 years of age or older by April 13, 2020. You should also be eligible to work in the US, without VISA sponsorship.

What are Production Assistants?

Production Assistants is our general term for employees that work during our Festival. If you are alumnus, you may have been part of the Crew or Volunteer program. You may have a different title depending on your department.

I am a returning Tribeca employee. Do I need to reapply? 

Yes. We have a spot for you to list your Festival experience so we can take that into account, but please note that we will likely not be able to schedule everyone. 

I am a returning Tribeca employee. Do I have to attend orientation?

Yes! We need to have you complete your I-9 paperwork, check ID’s and new this year, you will have to complete a Harassment Training per NYC law. We will provide those that are selected more detail.

Who do I contact if I am having trouble with the online application?

You can email us at and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

How will I know whether or not I am selected by one of the Departments?

Tribeca will notify all applicants closer to the start of the Festival once all applications are processed and the final decision is complete. Due to the volume of applicants, please note that you may not receive an immediate decision. If accepted into a department, you will receive an email from either or your designated department manager. 

What do employees do during the Tribeca Film Festival?

PA’s are event staff for various departments that produce the 12-day Festival. You learn about the film industry, the operations, and the production of the Tribeca Film Festival through assisting in various areas of the Festival operations, as well as being able to participate in staff events.

Can I bring my friends to participate?

We encourage you to invite your friends to apply, however all PA’s are required to complete the application and registration process.

Do I get to choose my assignment and department?

Based on the information you provide on your application, as well as your availability, we will do our best to match your interests and skills with the appropriate departments. Please be sure answer all questions on the application. Due to overwhelming interest in the Festival and in many departments, we are not always able to accommodate every request.  

Do I get to meet Robert De Niro or Jane Rosenthal?

Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal attend many events during the Festival. They appreciate all the support, especially from Tribeca employees. If you see them at an event it is fine to simply say “hello.” We ask that you are respectful and not take photos as they are working too.

I’m interested in networking in the film industry. Will I have opportunities to do so?

The primary agenda for PAs is to assist the staff in conducting a smooth event and to help with various tasks during the Tribeca Film Festival. While you will have the opportunity to see and engage with a community of filmmakers and industry executives, handing off your headshot or screenplays is not considered professional and may result in disciplinary action including termination of your role. 

Do employees go to Festival parties?

With the exception of the staff party, PAs and other employees are not invited to attend Festival parties.

I’ve applied. What happens next?

HR and Department Heads will review all applications and contact applicants with their final decision. If you are selected to participate in the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, you will be provided with information regarding registration. Once PAs have been assigned to their departments they will be contacted by the department heads to schedule their shifts. Working for the Festival depends highly on your availability and department needs. 

Please be sure to keep an eye out for communications which will contain all pertinent info related to department assignments, briefing sessions and all dates and deadlines. Please be patient. We receive many applications and review each one thoroughly. You may also email us at We will respond just as soon as we can. 

Can I volunteer or opt out of being paid by Tribeca?

We appreciate your interest in donating your time to make the Tribeca Film Festival a success. All positions at Tribeca are paid positions, but if you prefer not to be paid, we encourage you to participate in this year’s Festival as a patron.


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