Joshua Tree International Film Festival

a Black Lotus Production

indie films in the Hi-Desert



WORK EXCHANGE at the festival:
In exchange for a 2016 JTIFF Staff Pass, camping and meals, you’ll be asked to help set-up the festival beginning on Thursday morning, September 15 at 8:00 AM and ending on Sunday, September 18 at 11:00 AM. To register, fill out this VOLUNTEER FORM.

Email JTIFF at:

Pre-Festival Volunteer:
Work at the festival site starting on Thursday, September 15, in exchange for a festival pass & camping. To apply, email us with PRE FEST in the subject line, include your first & last name, and we will email details. 

Street Team:
Help spread the good word in exchange for a festival pass. To be considered for the PROMO team, please fill out this form.

Artists (Music): 
To be considered as a musical artist for future festivals (we are always planning the next one), email us with MUSIC in the subject line, and include: a link to your website, a link to two videos of a live performance (song), and in less than 50 words, a description of your unique sound. We listen to every inquiry & submission, but are unable to respond back to every email. We will get in touch if we've got a spot to offer up. Thanks for sharing. Submission dates: July 25 to September 15

Artists (Visual):
If you are a performance artist, painter, sculptor, or creator of mad installations, email us with VISUAL ART in the subject line, and provide video, images, website links, etc to show us what you have in mind. Submission dates: July 25 to September 15

Email us between July 25 and September 15 re: our NEXT FEST. Include a photo of your booth, and a list of items you sell. 

Press / Media / Photography 
Email us at - - with MEDIA in the subject line. In 50 words or less tell us why you'd like to cover JTIFF, links to previous works, links to your publication, readership counts, etc.

What is the age requirement?

Volunteers must be 18 by September 16th.

Why volunteer?

Being involved enhances your festival experience. Help make the fun happen. Meet new friends, save money and still see your favorite band.

How much time do I need to commit?

The basic commitment is 4 hours for a Saturday pass.

Can I delete or switch my shifts once I have signed up?

No. We appreciate your signing-up, and although we understand things happen, it helps us during the event to have as few changes as possible. Be careful what you sign-up for, and be determined! We’re counting on you.

When can I arrive?

Volunteers can arrive and set-up their camp beginning on Thursday, September 29th, 2 PM.

When is the volunteer meeting? Do I need to attend?

The volunteer meeting is on Friday, Sept. 16h, 9 AM at the Joshua Tree Community Center. All volunteers should plan to attend, to receive training and information.

Can I split time between areas?

Only if you choose to work 8 hours or more.

Where will we check-in when we arrive at the JT Sportsmans Club?

Check in at the one and only Will Call Booth. Please bring your ID and your name will be on the volunteer list.

Are there opportunities to volunteer other than at the festival?

Yes. If you’d like to help out in the weeks and days leading up to the event, email us with PRE-FEST in the subject line. If you’d like to help out with Street Team/PR, email us with PROMO in the subject line. Emails go to:

More questions? Contact Q with “Volunteer Question” in the subject line at:

The JTIFF is allowed to dismiss any volunteer for any reason at any time.