The festival team – planning, designing and networking
The Hamburg International Queer Film Festival is organised by a largely voluntary team of eight to twelve people. All essential decisions are taken by the team together. The annual cycle of the festival begins with a conceptional weekend in January. Then, it’s off to the Berlinale to select the first films. The team meets every two weeks during this period, and weekly from May onwards, in order to discuss and design the look of the festival in October, and to decide how to make it all happen! And of course, there’s always something that pops up and needs organising.
The icing on the cake – helping shape the festival's programme
During this time, the programme committee also meets weekly to view and discuss by turns short and feature-length films. This is when the festival programme is developed, ideas for the design of the programme booklet brainstormed, and the selection of guests for the different film events made.
Do you want to take part?
Many former team members remain in contact after ending active involvement, continuing to help current team members where possible. Nevertheless, the team almost always feels as if it’s operating at the limit of its capacities – a not uncommon aspect of working in voluntary projects.
We look forward to having you on the team!