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If our passion resonates with you, join us in our mission to elevate and celebrate the power of story. In addition to providing filmmakers great exposure, we will create a story of our own by giving 100% of our box office net proceeds to projects that change the circumstances of people in dire need.  We offer various levels of memberships, both at the personal and corporate level, and are grateful for any contributions you are able to make. For more information on how to become part of the Washington West family through sponsorship, email

Contributions are tax deductable.

Individual Memberships

  • $100 - 'Friends of Washington West' Member: Receives early film ticket notification, Washington West collectible souvenir, and 2 Passes to a regular Short Film screening ($80 tax deductible)

  • $250 - 'Directors Pass' Member receives Friends-level privileges AND: 2 all-access passes to ALL festival Short Film programs: regular and Spotlight/VIP Short Film screenings. This pass gives members access to and interaction with the numerous short-film directors attending our festival. ($250 tax deductible)

  • $500 - 'Opening Night Pass' Member receives Directors Pass privileges AND: 2 Opening Night film tickets, including entry to Opening Night After-Party ($380 tax deductible)

  • $1,000 - 'Red Carpet' Member receives Opening Night Pass privileges AND: 2 all-access passes to ALL festival screenings including Gala Closing Night Film, Awards, and Closing Night After-Party ($720 tax deductible)

  • $2,500 - 'Storyteller' Member receives Red Carpet level privileges AND: recognition in the commemorative festival Film Guide AND an invitation to a private filmmaker event during the festival ($2,030 tax deductible)

  • Other - Donations of any size are welcome: Gifts of $5,000 or more receive 4 all-access passes to all festival screenings, AND an invitation to a privately hosted Board of Directors' reception to thank special festival guests/VIPs for participating in our vision of Story Changing the World.

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Our festival could not happen without the dedication of our selfless and passionate volunteers. Thank you for helping us change the world.

Time Commitment

We can utilize the help of volunteers during the months leading up to the festival (June-November) and during the festival itself (November 1-4). Realizing that people have varying work and family schedules, we try our best to accommodate and be flexible with volunteer hours in the summer and early fall months. During the festival, we ask that each volunteer work a minimum of 10 hours throughout the weekend.


Besides being part of a unique and inspiring film event, we offer volunteers a number of festival benefits. These include film vouchers, which can be exchanged for tickets, Washington West volunteer t-shirts, and the opportunity to participate in workshops and/or Q & A sessions with our featured filmmakers.


You may request to be placed in a specific department, but your assignment will ultimately be determined by your experience, availability, and the festival's needs. Departments include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Box Office - Customer service, data entry, ticket sales, will call management
  • Events - Party planning, decorating, catering, set-up and clean up
  • Theatre Operations - Balloting, ticket taking, ushering
  • Production - Production assistance, theater and venue set-up and tear down
  • Guest Relations - Accommodation and travel coordination, filmmaker and VIP treatment

Please email our volunteer team for more information:

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