Volunteer teams

    Want to help make IDFA 2019 happen? Read all about the available volunteer positions below.

    A-team

    The A-team is especially busy before the festival, building it all up. Their tasks include moving furniture, putting up signing and decorations, delivering things to different locations, and much more. During the festival they mostly help setting for events at various festival locations, and after the festival they take everything down. The A-team is a very close group of enthusiastic volunteers who love working hard.

    Shifts: The A-team is active from Sunday the 17th of November until Monday December 2. The A-team does not work in shifts, but in full days. It is best if you are available the whole day, the A-team coordinator will tell you when he needs you. During the festival you are free to go and watch films in-between jobs.
    Requirements: Flexibility, inventiveness, good with your hands, flexible availability to facilitate planning (also before and after the festival), a good physical condition and not afraid of hard work.
    Competences: This job allows you to develop your teamwork skills and gives an insight into the resources that go into making the festival work.

    Assistant Industry Office (FULL)

    Please note that this position is no longer available.

    Your tasks will be at Docs for Sale, Forum or IDFAcademy. You will help prepare for the event (setting up the venue, filling information packets for registered guests), welcome international guests, guide them during their stay, offer production assistance and keep the venue neat and clean.

    Shifts: The shifts will depend on the event you’re working on.
    Docs for sale (Friday 22 – Thursday 28 of November) has morning/afternoon and afternoon/evening shifts. It is best if you are available for all these days.
    At IDFAcademy (Thursday 21 – Sunday 24 of November) and Forum (Monday 25 – Wednesday 27 of November) you will work the full three days the event lasts, and a shift in preparation of the event. It has our preference if you combine these two events, of work some shifts in another team to get to your eight shifts.
    For the Forum, information packets are filled by volunteers on Monday the 17th, which means that you won’t be able to attend the volunteer screening.
    Requirements: You are an effective communicator, good with computers, able to improvise, helpful and have an excellent command of English. You can have a background in documentaries, but this is not an opportunity to make professional connections. To determine if you are eligible, you’ll be invited to an interview with the coordinators.
    Competences: In this position, you can develop skills in the fields of teamwork, guidance, entrepreneurship and hospitality. You will also gain insight into the importance of IDFA for documentary professionals.

    Distribution team

    As a member of the distribution team you will start with identifying the locations that need newspaper and other publications, after that you will be replenishing the stocks and ensuring that there is always sufficient supply at all locations.

    Shifts: The Festival Daily distribution team is active throughout the festival (20 November – December 1), mostly in the morning. On the first day of the festival the whole team works from 10:00 – 16:00, the other days you have shifts.
    Requirements: sense of responsibility, flexibility, fast worker, alert and good physical condition
    Competences: This job allows you to develop in the area of teamwork and organisational skills.

    DocLab

    As a DocLab volunteer, you will spend most of your time at the exhibition. Your responsibilities will include explaining to visitors how to use the Oculus Rift, keeping track of reservations or telling visitors about the different interactive and digital projects.

    Shifts: A DocLab volunteer is needed on every day of the festival, from 20 November till December 1. DocLab has morning, afternoon and evening shifts.
    Requirements: You should be social and friendly, speak English well and have no fear of technology. Affinity with new media or virtual reality is a definite plus. Please note that special technical knowledge isn’t required.
    Competences: At DocLab, you can expand your knowledge of new media and virtual reality, as well as improve your social and communication skills.

    Flex team

    Flex team members are assigned to various positions. In the lead-up to IDFA, you lend a hand to a variety of office projects, during the festival you will fill in for sick volunteers, perform courier tasks and get assigned to rush jobs such as event usher and manning the volunteer desk. Flex team members also handle the distribution of catering to the various venues.

    Shifts: The Flex team is active throughout the festival (20 November till December 1). There are morning, afternoon and evening shifts.
    Requirements: You are service-oriented, flexible, an effective communicator, have a good command of English, are in good physical shape and able to think on your feet.
    Competences: Depending on the various jobs you get assigned to, this position can help you gain experience in a number of ways. In whatever case, you’re sure to develop your sense of responsibility and your skills as a team player.

    Guest desk (FULL)

    Please note that this position is no longer available.

    The Guest Desk is the first place international guests go when they arrive at the festival. It is your job to help them get started. You will be handing out guest passes and giving directions, arranging car service and generally making sure the guest feels right at home.

    Shifts: The Guest Desk is open from Tuesday November 19 till Sunday December 1 and has two shifts per day. Information packets are filled by Guest Desk and Forum volunteers on Monday the 18th, which means that you won’t be able to attend the volunteer screening.
    Requirements: You are an effective communicator, good with computers, able to improvise, helpful and have an excellent command of English. To determine if you are eligible, you’ll be invited to an interview with the coordinators.
    Competences: At the guest desk you can develop skills in guidance and hospitality. You will also get the chance to meet filmmakers.

    Poster team

    The poster team is responsible for decorating the festival locations with film posters, updating public bulletin boards and distributing flyers. Because there is limited space for film posters, these have to be changed daily.

    Shifts: The Poster team is active throughout the festival (20 November till December 1). There are morning and afternoon shift, but you will mostly work in the morning. On the first day (November 20) everyone works from 10:00 – 16:00.
    Requirements:
    sense of responsibility, flexibility, fast worker, alert and good physical condition
    Competences: This job allows you to develop in the area of insight into the resources needed to promote the festival.

    Audience award assistant

    As an Audience award assistant you will be taking care of the transport of voting tickets to and from the various locations and handing out and taking in voting tickets at the door of each venue. Once the audience has voted, you will go back to the central location in Tuschinski and start counting and administering the votes.

    Shifts: The Audience award team will be active throughout the festival (20 November till December 1) and has morning, afternoon and evening shifts.
    Requirements: organized, structured and punctual
    Competences: This job allows you to develop in the areas of teamwork, administrative competencies.

    Theater crew

    As a theater crew member, you’ll be put on the schedule at one of the screening venues. During your shift, the location manager or room manager will assign you to one of the following tasks: scanning tickets, solving problems related to the scanning of tickets using an iPad, cleaning theaters in between screenings and other small production-related jobs in the theater. You will not get to watch a lot of films during your shift, but of course you can pick up free tickets in your free time.

    Shifts: The Theatre Staff is active throughout the festival (20 November till December 1) and has morning, afternoon and evening shifts
    Requirements: You are an effective communicator, helpful, service-minded and speak English very well. Attending the emergency training for theater staff is mandatory.
    Competences: This position will allow you to develop skills in collaboration and communication.

    Moderator

    A a moderator you represent IDFA as the host during screenings. You'll give a short introduction before the film starts and moderate a Q&A-session with the filmmaker after the screening, also giving the audience the opportunity to ask questions. In the cinema's, all communication is in English. If the filmmaker doesn't speak English, there will be an interpreter present.

    Shifts: most filmmakers are present between Wednesday November 20th and Wednesday November 27th, so most Q&A's take place in this period, althoughthey might still occur during the last festival days, untill December 1st. We need moderators who are available for at least 5 Q&A's, but are hoping to find people who want to do more!

    Requirements
    : Enthusiasm for IDFA, experience as a modarator, some knowledge of film making, experience in performing before an audience and perfect command of the English language.

    Competencies
    : you will get the opportunity to expand your experience as a moderator, will be able to improve your interview techniques and meet international filmmakers.

    Please note: you can only sign up as a moderator if you have significant experience as a moderator, or if you have been asked by an IDFA-employee to sign up. Uploading your CV to the application form is needed to be considered for this role.