Backstage roles

About a quarter of our volunteers work in the so-called backstage roles. Working behind the scenes, they are less visible to our audience and guests but put a smile on the face of each and every location manager, coordinator and office crew member!

Assistant Location manager

Assistant location managers have the responsibility of making sure all screenings run as planned. This includes ensuring entrance to the screening rooms runs smoothly, testing and starting the film, verifying attendance of the film’s director, and keeping the screening rooms clean. Besides the aforementioned, there will be many more responsibilities on which you’ll be briefed extensively during a training day. Please be aware that due to the high responsibility of the role there will be an additional selection procedure.

  • It is great because: you’ll have a lot more responsibility and it is pretty awesome when your screening runs smoothly.
  • You’ll need: an ability to handle stressful situations, great supervision and communication skills, and experience in leading a team. Previous experience in a similar role would be beneficial. We’ll require you to be fully available for the duration of the festival.

Audience Award Team

Responsible for collecting, counting and administering all audience award forms.

  • It is great because: you’ll work in a small but great team, and you'll know which films to see even before they are published.
  • You'll need: basic numerical skills.

Construction Team

This team is responsible for building up and taking down all festival related materials. You will mainly work before the festival and after, which means you will have a fair amount of free time during the festival to watch films.

  • It is great because: You will get to experience the film festival from the very first cable all the way through to the very last table. You’ll visit a lot of different festival locations and the tasks vary greatly. On top of that, the team is very close-knit and a lot of fun! In other words: the optimal way to experience the festival!
  • You’ll need: Brains and/or brawns and a can-do attitude! A driving license might come in handy, but isn’t a prerequisite. Please note: this role requires  you to be availability before and after the festival.

Doorman editors

The Doorman is our daily festival newspaper for volunteers. As editor, you’ll be looking for and reporting on the latest news and stories from volunteers and the festival. The editors are also responsible for the circulation of the Doorman. Previous experience as a journalist would be beneficial, but is not mandatory.

  • It is great because: you’ll get to use your creativity and you’ll have a lot of freedom in doing your assignments. This is a great role if you’re looking to get some experience as a journalist.
  • You’ll need: advanced English writing skills are essential, as well as full availability for the duration of the festival.

Paper Tigers

Paper Tigers take care of all film posters. Quite the role, for they have to make sure the right poster is at the right place at the right time. They work in a small team and take care of the distribution of festival posters, programmes and film reviews to all festival locations. Moreover, you will browse through newspapers and magazines to look for reviews and other IFFR-related articles.

  • It is great because: you will be seeing every corner of the festival, you are always up to date on which films to see, and you will be working in a small but great team. On top of that, you will be first in line for any spare posters!
  • You'll need: a secret love for tape and a keen eye for detail…

Production Runners

This team assists the production department and IFFR's Location managers with every last-minute or unforeseen task. It is a diverse role that will take you behind the scenes of all the festival locations and IFFR's office.

  • It is great because: your base is IFFR's office but your role will take you all around the city, and you'll get a unique view behind the scenes.
  • You'll need: a bike to move around the city quickly, and a hands-on mentality. If you have a driver's license, that will come in handy as well.

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