The volunteers get to know each other

Riina Perttula
Translation Pirkko Koivunen

Heli Järventie is in charge of the group of the doormen. Photo: Jenniina Palola.
Heli Järventie is in charge of the group of doormen. "That is the best group of the festival", she says. Photo: Jenniina Palola.

 

There are a couple of days to go to the beginning of the Tampere Film Festival. The volunteer workers gather to get ready for the busy festival week.

In the meeting on Sunday evening, the volunteers, ready to work hard for the festival, receive loads of important information. And what's most important: they learn to know the faces of the organisers. They need to know whom to ask for help in case of need.

Juhani Alanen, the Executive Director of the Film Festival, assures that one can and should ask questions whenever need be.

"You can call us 24 hours a day", he says.

Pia Koivunen tries the festival T-shirt on. Photo: Riina Perttula.

In the first meeting, the volunteers are also served a good-sized portion of festival names. Who made the trailer for the festival, who is the official photographer. And for everybody to know: the man behind the festival logo is the Finnish artist Kimmo Kaivanto.

The volunteers are vital for the Film Festival. They are needed to work in the box-office, in the kitchen, as doormen…Without the volunteers, there would be no festival.

”You are making one of the world's finest film festivals,” says Alanen to the volunteers.

About a hundred volunteers take part in organising the festival. Photo: Paula Teräväinen.
About a hundred volunteers take part in organising the festival. Photo: Paula Teräväinen.

 

 

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