We want hosts committed to a level of hospitality that amplifies the spirit of the JTIFF," said Alzoraa Quander, JTIFF Program Coordinator. "Filmmakers treasure their time in Joshua Tree and comment on how helpful the Host Program will be in their ability to attend the festival. This is a great way for all of our community to get involved and to support the JTIFF and the dynamic filmmakers we celebrate."


Be A Host Family!


Have a spare room for one of our out-of-town volunteers?

​Host families can donate a room in a house, a guest cottage, or home during the week of Festival, September 11-18. Some filmmakers arrive on Thursday, September 15th; others need lodging only overnight. In exchange for any donation, hosts receive complimentary Festival Passes. The number of passes allocated are negotiated based on the value of the donation. Opportunities to host JTIFF volunteer staff are also available from September 11-19th.


JTIFF is dedicated to nurturing filmmakers and audiences, and to celebrating the power of a good story. By offering free to low cost housing, we aim to uphold our efforts in fostering striving filmmakers and ultimately bringing more filmmakers to the Joshua Tree Gateways Communities. 

Send a brief response including your name, phone number, address, email through our Contact Form
A JTIFF representative will come to your home for a preliminary meeting prior to the festival.

Are you a resident who would like to host a filmmaker participating in JTIFF 2016?

As a host you will have the opportunity to learn more about film making, the industry, and the behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the artist’s film. 

Joshua Tree International Film Festival

a Black Lotus Production

indie films in the Hi-Desert

The JTIFF Host Family Program connects residents of the incredible Joshua Tree community with filmmakers from all over the world. 

Hosts help JTIFF filmmakers create long lasting memories of our community, famously known for it’s extraordinary vistas, creative energy and character. 

The entire festival experience is enhanced when you host one of the talented filmmakers in your home or guest house.