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Film Festival Volunteer

Dublin International Film Festival

About Dublin International Film Festival

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival – an extravaganza of cinema and an opportunity to see the very best of world cinema and film talent in Dublin with 100+ screenings from almost 40 countries. Taking place in February each year, the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is Ireland’s premier film festival event. The Festival curates and presents the best in emerging international and Irish film and moving image culture for a wide audience through its flagship annual festival, along with a range of year-round events. Virgin Media DIFF aims to offer memorable experiences through audience interaction and engagement with filmmakers, actors and industry professionals, along with informed debate about the future of film as an art form.

What's Involved

Every spring the Virgin Dublin International Film Festival takes place bringing together films and film lovers as Ireland’s premier film festival event. The Festival curates and presents the best in emerging international and Irish film and moving image culture being the only place on Irish shores where some of these films will be screened in a cinema. The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2022 will be host to screenings and galas celebrating film and our 20th birthday, and will also have various and diverse live events.

Volunteers will help to ensure that the festival runs as smoothly as possible and are needed in various departments of the festival. The areas that will need volunteers are venues, hospitality, office administration, production, promotions and ticketing. So whether you are welcoming Festival-goers to a venue and making sure that they’re getting the most out of the festival or helping behind the scenes at DIFF HQ it’s a great way to get first-hand insight into the inner workings of an Dublin’s premier film festival.

The festival takes place: 23rd February – 6th March 2022.

Our venues for the festival are where the majority of the volunteering activities take place. By volunteering in our venues you will work with the venue managers to ensure that the festival runs smoothly and that all of our customers and audience members leave the screenings satisfied. The different positions that the volunteers will be filling in the venues include, but are not limited to; checking COVID certs, ticket scanning, ushering, helping with Audience Award E-voting, roving mic for post screening Q&As, box office (ticket collections), and general venue operations (crowd liaising & information point of contact).

Working in close association with our Hospitality team, duties may include the scheduling and compilation of guest packs, biographies and daily itineraries for our national and international guests. Being a Hospitality Volunteer is a great way to experience the buzz of the Festival.

Office Administration & Production
In these areas volunteers have the opportunity to participate in the daily workings of a major film festival and will get a taste of each of our departments: administration, production, publicity, hospitality & exhibition coordination.

Working closely with the Festival Marketing Team, this is an opportunity to help spread the word about the festival to as many people as possible, maintaining quality and consistency of message across all channels. As advocates of the Festival, volunteers participate in market research and conducting surveys to find out more how our audience perceives the event and the festival as a whole.

Volunteer Commitment
Depending on your availability, you can either apply to be full-time (a minimum of one shift per day during the Festival) or part-time. Each volunteer must be able to commit to a minimum of five shifts.
All volunteers must have proof of their vaccination against COVID-19.

To volunteer, please complete the online application form on our website by clicking here.

Closing date for applications - 23rd Feb 2022

What's required for this position

Volunteers should be personable and sociable. Diligent, hard working and able to follow instructions carefully. They should be able to communicate well to the general public as they are often the first point of contact to festival customers.

  • Arts/ Music/ Drama
  • Event management/ Fundraising
  • General Admin/ Office Support
  • Hospitality/ Befriending
  • Multi-lingual/ Multi-culturalism
  • Personable Skills
  • PR/ Marketing/ Market Research
  • Retail/ Customer Service

Level of English required for this role:
Intermediate English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: 1 week

Hours required: 10hrs Weekly

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
Festival Offices: Digital Hub, Office 2.3, 157 Thomas Street, Dublin 8
Various cinemas in Dublin: Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield; Cineworld on Parnell street; the IFI in Temple Bar; the Odeon at Point Village; the Pavilion in Dun Laoghaire.

Other location details:
In addition to headquarters, volunteers will be based in various cinemas around Dublin: Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield; Cineworld on Parnell street; the IFI in Temple Bar; the Odeon at Point Village; the Pavilion in Dun Laoghaire.

Also available in these counties
Dublin - Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown

Screening details for this role:

  • Informal Interviews
  • Application Form

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Support/ advice/ recognition
  • Supervision
  • Initial induction and training
  • Insurance cover
  • Ongoing training opportunities

Volunteers with the following challenges will be supported in this role

  • Physical Disability
  • Sensory Disability
  • Mental Health Difficulties

Age restrictions:
Over 18

Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

Volunteering with the film festival is a great chance to meet like minded people with a love of film and develop long standing relationships in film, festivals and the Arts. It's a fantastic opportunity to see the inner workings of a major festival.

Getting there

Google Map location

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Contact person: Richard Davis
  • Organisation: Dublin International Film Festival
  • Email:
  • Phone: 01 662 4260
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