International Film Festival Rotterdam is the biggest ticketed cultural event 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 now! Want to know more about the available roles? You’ll find this information at the bottom of this page.

How do I register as a volunteer at IFFR?

The application form is open again. Via the application form you are able to apply as a volunteer for the 49th edition of the festival. Following your application, we’ll be in touch to schedule an introductory meeting to get to know one another and discuss your preferences. 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 a volunteer at IFFR, you’ll be essential to the organisation of the annual festival and oftentimes the first point of contact for the festival’s audience. To be eligible, you’ll need to:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • have proficient knowledge of the English (and/or Dutch) language
  • have an EU passport or Dutch residence permit

As a volunteer, we expect you to work a minimum of 28 hours. Availability in the days before and/or after the festival can be an advantage for certain roles. We expect you to make your own accommodation and travel arrangements. Unfortunately, any travel or accommodation expenses are not compensated by IFFR. For more information on public transport, hostels, hotels, etc. we advise you to look at the Rotterdam Tourist Information website, or join our IFFR Volunteers Facebook page.

What to expect as a volunteer?

IFFR cannot run without the support of all our volunteers, and although the work is unpaid, we believe your time at IFFR will be worth you while. As part of our volunteering community, you’ll get to meet many like-minded people, learn more about film, and perhaps gain relevant work experience.

As a volunteer, you can expect the following benefits:

  • If you work 52 hours or more, you’ll receive free tickets to an unlimited amount of festival screenings
  • If you work between 28 and 52 hours, you’ll receive 6-8 free tickets depending on the amount of hours you work
  • Sandwiches, snacks and beverages will be provided during your shifts
  • You’ll receive a festival crew t-shirt and official festival bag
  • And, of course, you’ll be invited to our film screenings and events exclusively organised for our amazing volunteers

As a volunteer you are covered by the Maasstadpolis (insurance policy) for the duration of the festival, which is an accident and liability insurance.

The volunteer roles

Before, during and after the festival, all of our roughly 900 volunteers get assigned to about 25 different positions. On your application, we will ask you for the top three roles of your preference. Because we want you to make a well-considered choice, we have summarised all different volunteer roles. To make things easier, we have divided them into three categories:

Audience-related roles

Guest-related roles

Backstage roles

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 skills before assigning you to a role. Please, be aware that although we try our very best to assign everyone to their first choice, this may not always be possible. We strongly advise you to apply as soon as possible as we will close for applications once sufficient applications have been received.