With more than 70 events planned so far for the fifth Kalamazoo Animation Festival International, Kalamazoo Valley Community College is looking for a cadre of faculty, staff, students and residents to serve as volunteers and help make the four-day event in downtown Kalamazoo a success.
Slated for May 14-17, the festival has attracted 555 submissions of animation from 42 countries in the competition for $15,000 in prize money. The finalists will be viewable in a series of screenings during the festival, while professional animators from the major production studios and networks will be leading workshops and seminars.
*This is a great opportunity for any person interested in animation, film or any aspect of creative work,* says Anna Barnhart, the festival*s volunteer coordinator. *Volunteers will witness a major industry event taking shape as well as meet many big players in the expanding field of animation.*
Those who volunteer will act as greeters, runners, ticket takers, workshop monitors, gallery guides, and special-event helpers, Barnhart said. They will receive a free ticket to attend a seminar, screening or panel discussion for each four hours that they work.
Students must be at least 16 to become a volunteer. The four-hour time slots on that Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday are 8 a.m. to noon, noon to 4 p.m., 4 to 8 p.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight.
Orientation sessions in the college's Anna Whitten Hall are scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Monday, May 4, at the same time. The deadline to sign up as volunteer is April 20.
For more information and an application form, visit: www.gokafi.com, or contact Barnhart or Nikki Unterkircher at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (269) 373-7934.