New Hampshire Film Festival needs volunteers

Union Leader Correspondent
June 03. 2018 8:52PM

PORTSMOUTH — Organizers of the 18th annual New Hampshire Film Festival are looking for volunteers to help with this year’s event.

Executive Director Nicole Gregg said Friday it takes close to 75 volunteers to help coordinate the four-day festival, which draws about 10,000 people to Portsmouth.

“It’s a great networking opportunity,” Gregg said. “It’s the cream of the crop of the businesses in the area. You don’t even have to be in the film industry to get a job.”

Gregg said they start planning the festival in January. This year’s event is being held Oct. 11 to 14.

“I’m always looking forward to the new crop of filmmakers that come out and it’s always nice to see alumni returning with new projects,” Gregg said.

Last year, more than 100 documentaries, feature and short-length films were shown at different venues in Portsmouth. There are parties, a red carpet gala and an annual comedy panel every year so people can mix and mingle in a variety of settings.

“People really want to be part of the festival because they want to feel the energy of the festival,” Gregg said. “It’s a great way to celebrate Portsmouth, New Hampshire and an incredible industry of independent filmmakers.”

Last year, the most notable films included “The Florida Project,” directed by Sean Baker; “Lucky,” directed by John Carroll Lynch; “Marjorie Prime,” directed by Michael Almereyda; “The Reagan Show,” directed by Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill, and “The Square,” directed by Ruben Ostlund.

According to its website, the festival needs an events crew, drivers, a transportation coordinator, homestay coordinator, hospitality manager, silent auction coordinator, volunteer coordinator, program book manager and a production/venue manager. Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up online at


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