Contribute to bringing the best in cinema to Vancouver all year round at the VIFF Centre.
How Do I Become a Volunteer?
View what volunteer positions we are currently looking to fill below and review the role descriptions and requirements. The skills and availability necessary for each team are listed to help you determine what roles will work best for you.
Fill out the Year-Round Volunteer Application. You will receive an email acknowledging your application once it has been received. Alumni Volunteers will also re-register through this application process.
3. Phone/Video Interview
You will receive an email from a member of the Volunteer Department to schedule your phone/video interview. If successful, your interviewer will follow up by email to officially invite you to join the volunteer program at the VIFF Centre.
After you have been accepted onto a team, you will receive a welcome email with a link to the Volunteer Handbook. This handbook has all the information you will need for each and every shift you take, plus useful tips about VIFF’s Year-Round Volunteer Program! Please read this before your orientation.
You will be scheduled for your team orientation and training at the end of the interview process. Orientations are mandatory for all volunteers – it takes place at the VIFF Centre and introduces in detail what a regular volunteer shift looks like. A tour of our facilities, instruction on common tasks, and time to ask questions to experienced volunteers ensure this orientation gets you ready for your first shift!
Once you’ve gone through the orientation, you will be added to the team and given access to the schedule. Most positions are a commitment of one shift per week. Shifts are between 3-5 hours.
Year-Round Volunteer Perks
Belong to an amazing group of film-lovers from around the world.
1 x Ticket Voucher for each shift you volunteer. Vouchers are transferrable – you can bring a friend!
Once you have completed your two-month training period, instead of vouchers, you will receive a pass for yourself and a guest for all regular screenings.
Free Pop, Coffee and Popcorn
What goes better with free movies than free popcorn!
Invitations to preview screenings, partner events, and Volunteer parties.
We are happy to provide our volunteers with a reference.
Year-Round Teams at the VIFF Centre
Front of House Team
Commitment: minimum 3-5 hours a week
Schedule: Day/Night, Weekends/Weekdays
Age requirement: 16+
Description & Responsibilities:
This team helps make every screening run smoothly and create a great experience for our patrons. This is a customer service position at the Vancity Theatre where volunteers have a variety of tasks they can choose from. Before and after screenings, volunteers are busy helping patrons and preparing the theatre for the next show. During the screening, there is ample downtime. Volunteers are encouraged to discuss films with other volunteers, use the Media Lab or Education Suite and are more than welcome to bring their own book or homework to pass the time.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Door: Scanning tickets and helping direct patrons.
- Ushering: Help patrons navigate through the theatre and organize line-ups. (Note: Ushers for unrated films must be 19 years or older)
- Clean-Up: Help keep our theatre clean in-between and after shows.
- Special events: Set up and tear down alongside helping with cleaning and putting away dishes.
The role is good for someone who:
- Has great customer service skills
- Has a positive and outgoing attitude
- Works well in high-paced environments
- Enjoys teamwork and is self-motivated