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Fall 2016: Richmond International Film Festival - Communications Interns

Aug 25, 2016

Posted in: Advertising internships, Internships & scholarships, Journalism internships, Public Relations internships

The Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) is an international 4-day festival held in Richmond, VA. Now one of the largest international competitive festivals in the mid-Atlantic, RIFF brings 120 plus film screenings and international filmmakers to RVA for the premiere of their film.  The festival also includes writing & industry panels, filmmaker Q&As, live musical performances, the FLOW Creative Conference, industry mixers, red carpet awards, and more, all of which bring the spirit of Hollywood to the historic Byrd Theatre and Bowtie Movieland. With the aim of promoting both established filmmakers and discovering up-and-coming talent, the festival works to promote its participating filmmakers and writers through various media outlets and production partners.  RIFF is an exciting collaborative platform for writers and filmmakers of all backgrounds as it brings great talent together, and helps launch careers.  

RIFF has 3 part time internship positions available for the Fall. The position is ideal for those looking to develop foundational skills as a filmmaker, development executive, festival programmer, festival organizer, marketing/event coordinator, producer, writer, publicist, or entry level position in the industry. The internship is unpaid, but for those that excel there may be opportunities to grow with the company.

Qualifications: Candidate should have some educational or training background in film, screenwriting, communications, marketing/publicity, and/or the business of film. He or she should be well organized, dependable, and eager to learn the ins and outs of the industry.  

Position: Part-time. Internship can be used for credit hours at participating schools and Universities or without credit depending on the desires of the respective student. 

Responsibilities: Assist in light administrative tasks and the coordination of festival planning, marketing, publicity, and event production. Interns will get a close up, behind the scenes look at what it takes to run an international film festival.

Hours: 10-15 hour commitment per week. Must reside in the greater Richmond area.

Start Date:  Interviews begin mid-August, and the official start date is early September.

Length of position: Approximately 10 wks.  Future renewal based on merit.   

How to apply: Please send resume and a brief cover letter stating your interest (as soon as possible). If interested, we will contact you with further instructions regarding the next step of the application process.

For more info on the festival, visit