International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is the biggest ticketed cultural event in The Netherlands. During the festival, one can visit cinema-related exhibitions and events, go to film screenings, or partake in the extensive professionals programme. To make all of this happen, IFFR relies on the support of close to a 1000 dedicated volunteers every year. Want to be part of the team? You can read all about our volunteer opportunities below.

How to sign up

You can sign up to volunteer by filling in the online registration form. If you have volunteered with us before, you will receive an email invitation to re-apply for the upcoming edition. As we’re currently still assessing the amount of help needed for the upcoming event, we would like to invite new volunteers to apply for our reserve list. As soon as we have more information on any openings for this year, we’ll get in touch with you to schedule an orientation meeting.

Each volunteer at IFFR will become part of one of our teams. We have volunteers helping out across all departments: from marketing to production and from catering to hosting roles. Please refer to the information on the following pages for more information about the various positions:

  • Audience-related roles
  • Guest-related roles
  • Backstage roles

If this is your first time volunteering, we will invite you for an informal introductory meeting to discuss the different teams and volunteering opportunities. If you’ve worked with us before, we’ll assign your role based on your application form and prior experience. Should there be any changes from last year, we’ll be sure to get in touch with you to check in first.

Once a team has filled up, we’ll announce it on the website. Please note that for IFFR 2022 not all teams may return and the roles on the pages mentioned above are still subject to change.

You will, however, still be able to sign up for the reserve list.

What do we expect from you?

In order to volunteer at IFFR, you’ll need to:

  • Be 18 years or over
  • Have a good understanding of either the Dutch or English language
  • Have an EU passport or Dutch residence permit

The majority of your shifts will be during the festival itself. However, depending on the position you’ll fill, there might be additional shifts scheduled before the festival or after.

We expect all volunteers to make their own arrangements in terms of travel and accommodation. Unfortunately we’re not able to cover any expenses at this point.

What to expect from us?

We’d like to ask volunteers to sign up in the spirit of supporting the festival. Now, more than ever, we’ll need your help in carrying out the vision of IFFR and in providing a platform for stories and voices from all over the world.

Other than our gratitude and appreciation, volunteering at IFFR can offer you benefits such as relevant working experience, new contacts and the unique opportunity to experience the festival from the inside out.

Furthermore we offer our volunteers:

An invitation to a number of (social) activities organised exclusively for the volunteer community

  • Sandwiches, snacks and drinks during your shift
  • The IFFR 2022 bag
  • a Festival Crew t-shirt

Of course we’re also working on opportunities to watch a selection of the festival’s fantastic film programme. More information on this will follow at a later date.

Working in a safe environment

IFFR closely follows the guidelines as prescribed by the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment). Of course we will ensure a safe working place for everyone involved in the festival. We will share more information on these guidelines and other covid-related safety measures throughout the application process.

Registration is closed

Registration for IFFR 2023 will open in October 2022.