While it is technologically possible for someone to put their film on a USB drive, plug it into the projector and hit play, not all movies are that technologically advanced. And not all films are digital. Would you know what to do with a 35mm film? I wouldn’t. I still don’t know what to do. And this is after volunteering in the projections booth for separate film festival. It can get kinda complicated in there if you don’t know what you’re doing. Which is why projectionists rock—they make it possible for you to see the films that you enjoy. They adjust the sound you can hear the movie (and vice versa, not have your ear drums ringing after the movie). They make sure the picture is in focus. They make sure the picture isn’t squished or stretched. They make sure the right movie is playing at the right time. Pretty important stuff for a film festival, don’t you think?