International Film Festival Rotterdam is one of the biggest festivals in the Netherlands. During the 12-day festival, hundreds of films are shown on more than twenty screens in Rotterdam. To make this great event possible, IFFR works with over 900 volunteers in many different roles. The upcoming edition of the festival will take place between 22 January and 2 February 2020. For next year's edition, you can apply from mid-October 2019 onward. Want to know more about the available roles? You’ll find this information at the bottom of this page.
How do I become a volunteer at IFFR?
The application form will be published online mid-October 2019. Via the registration form you will then be able to apply as a volunteer for the 49th edition of the festival. From November onward we will contact all volunteers that have applied, in order to discuss your preferences and tasks during the festival.
If you were a volunteer last year, we will send you an email around mid-October with an invitation to apply for the 49th edition.
What do we expect from you?
As an international film festival, we offer plenty of jobs for non-Dutch speakers: there are more than ten different jobs for international volunteers. As a volunteer we expect you to be fully available for the duration of the festival and preferably work ten shifts. Availability in the days before the festival can be an advantage in the selection process. Furthermore, we expect volunteers to be both representative and to master the English language in speech and reading.
Also, as a volunteer you’ll need to arrange your own accommodation during the festival. Possible travel expenses are not compensated.
Want to know more about the volunteer roles? We've listed, categorised and explained all the volunteer jobs at the end of this page.
Due to strict government regulations, every volunteer that does not have European identification is obligated to have a work permit stating that he or she is allowed to work in the Netherlands. If you are not an EU-citizen, we will ask you to send usa copy of your work permit.
What to expect as a volunteer?
The festival cannot happen without the support of all our volunteers, so we try our very best to make things as comfortable as possible for all of you. Volunteers get to watch films for free: if you work ten shifts or more, you will get a Crew Badge with which you can get free tickets for an unlimited amount of film screenings. If you work less than ten shifts, you get one free film ticket per shift. Besides your Crew or Temporary Access badge, you will get meals and drinks during your shifts, discount on consumption vouchers, the beautiful official festival t-shirt and, of course, invitations to special volunteer film screenings and parties.
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide you with a place to sleep or compensate any travel expenses. For more information about hotels, hostels, other sleeping possibilities or public transport, we advise you to visit the website of Rotterdam's tourist information office.
As a volunteer you are covered by the Maasstadpolis (insurance policy) for the duration of the festival, which is an accident and liability insurance.
Besides all the parties, gifts and goodies, you will get a unique experience behind the scenes of one of the biggest cultural events in the Netherlands, work in an informal environment with many different people, and you get to enjoy the great atmosphere of the festival.
The volunteer roles
Before, during and after the festival, all of the roughly 900 volunteers get assigned to about 30 different positions. You as a non-Dutch volunteer can choose between 14 of the 30 jobs. On your subscription form, we will ask you for the top three jobs of your preference. Because we want you to make a well-considered choice, we have summarised all different volunteer jobs. To make things easier, we have divided them into three categories:
We need most volunteers for these jobs. Here you’ll find roles such as Screening Attendants, Box Office crew, but also the Party Crew and all other jobs wherecontact with the audience plays a central role.
Here you’ll find all jobs involving direct contact with our (often international) festival guests: guest assistants, IFFR PRO desks and chauffeurs. The requirements for these jobs are a bit more specific and we’ll demand more of you compared to other volunteer roles: advanced knowledge of an additional language will be useful, as well as flexibility and strong communication skills.
For those who prefer to work behind the scenes, one of our backstage jobs may be a good fit. In this category you’ll find teams like Construction team, Paper Tigers, and Production Runners.
If you’re a first time volunteer at IFFR, we will invite you for an introduction meeting once we’ve received your application. During this meeting we’ll discuss your preferences and capabilities before assigning you to a role.