Welcome to the Doc/Crew Volunteer Programme!

The Programme offers an unprecedented opportunity to gain valuable experience in the film industry, meet like-minded people and make lasting friendships. We welcome volunteer applications from people of all backgrounds. All Doc/Fest venues have good access for wheelchair users and we work to ensure the Festival is accessible to everyone. If you have any questions about whether a role is suitable for you, please get in touch via volunteer [at] sheffdocfest.com

Already applied? Click here for more information to get you ready for your time volunteering with us!

To get an idea of what volunteering as part of Doc/Crew might look like, click here to watch our brand new Doc/Crew trailer, made for us by Leanne Hayman and Clément Esso of OTOXO Productions.

Our Doc/Crew volunteers take over the city from 6-11 June 2019, with plenty of opportunities to join the team before and after the festival. In return for volunteering you’ll receive:

  • One free ticket to see a film for every shift you complete
  • A free Doc/Crew branded T-Shirt
  • Your very own Doc/Crew festival pass and lanyard
  • Invitations to the epic Doc/Fest parties
  • The opportunity to become part of the Doc/Crew alumni
  • Plus more to be announced...

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We are accepting last-minute applications for the below roles - don't miss your chance to get involved with Doc/Fest 2019! Click here to apply.


Alternate Realities Exhibition Crew

Team: Alternate Realities

Summary: This role places you in our flagship Alternate Realities Exhibition. You’ll be dealing with industry-leading tech, learning floor plans, working with each individual project to install and ensure proper set-up, whilst maintaining a safe, smooth and inquisitive environment.

Who is this suitable for? If you’re tech savvy, not afraid to get your hands dirty and want to learn more about how a cutting-edge gallery space lives and breathes then you can’t miss our Alternate Realities Exhibition.

Cinema Steward

Team: Films

Summary: A diverse and important role that sees you carrying out any number of Front of House duties at our cinema venues.

Who is this suitable for? If you love being in a cinema, are passionate about people enjoying films and want to get a bunch of experience, you’ll be right at home as a Cinema Steward. Oh, and you’ll get to sit in on some screenings.

Delegate Centre Crew

Team: Operations

Summary: The Delegate Centre is the buzzing industry hub – the first point of arrival for all 3,500 attendees of the Festival. You’ll be welcoming them to the Festival, giving them everything they need and assisting with any queries they may have.

Who is this suitable for? You need to be friendly, approachable and have great people skills. If you’re considering a career in events or hospitality, this is the perfect role for you, and you’ll get invaluable first-hand experience of how one of the UK’s biggest film festivals is run.

Festival Runner

Team: Operations

Summary: Festival Runners are vital to the success of Doc/Fest. This is a varied, diverse role that requires you to cover any and every aspect of the Festival. One minute you may be delivering sponsor signage to a venue, the next you might be helping at an industry networking event or assisting a guest speaker get to their venue on time.

Who is this suitable for? An enthusiastic and energetic individual with a can-do attitude are required of all our runners. This is a fast-paced, exciting, challenging role will give you a great insight into how a massive film festival like Doc/Fest operates.

Talks Steward

Team: Talks

Summary: You will be manning the Front of House at one of our flagship venues. Counting attendance, using our bespoke ticketing system, and making sure our attendees have a seamless experience.

Who is this suitable for? A calm, comfortable, quick-thinking people person. You’ll be the welcoming face of the festival dealing with enquiries as and when they come. Also, if you’re interested to see some of the Talks programme, then this is the role for you.

Festival Assistant Programme

Every year Doc/Fest recruit a number of Festival Assistants to assist the team with preparations for the next Festival and the various year-round projects we coordinate. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our team. It's a wonderful chance to gain professional office experience which will include, taking and transferring calls and queries, taking minutes in team meetings and working with various departments within the Doc/Fest team.

This is a great opportunity to work closely with the team to gain valuable professional office-based experience. You will be based in our Sheffield office and your typical duties might include: research tasks, maintaining databases, updating copy on the website and social networks, processing film submissions, and office runner tasks.

These positions are unpaid internships which last for three month periods with a minimum commitment of two days a week. Our office hours are 9:30am – 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.

We are looking for someone to start as a Festival Assistant from 1 July - 27 September.

If you would like to apply please send us your CV and cover letter in which you are explaining why you would like to apply for the role of a Festival Assistant, why you think you would be suitable for the role and what you would hope to gain whilst at Doc/Fest. Please send this to lena.nitsch [at] sheffdocfest.com

Our Festival Assistant positions often lead to choice volunteer roles and could lead to employment opportunities at the Festival. We are also happy to provide you with professional advice, references and letters of recommendation if requested.

What our Festival Assistants have to say

Magdalena Musialkiewicz

Working at Doc/Fest has allowed me to see all the ins and outs of running such a great film festival. The internship has given me confidence at working in a busy office environment - answering the phone, booking travel, taking minutes and various other tasks around the office.Working closely with the Marketplace and Production departments I really felt like part of the team and then seeing all of it come together, meeting all of the fantastic filmmakers during the festival made it one of the most rewarding experiences! I have loved every second of it and it has helped me to decide where I want to take my career after finishing university. Now I’m looking forward to Doc/Fest 2019!

Eddie Weller

Having never worked in an office before I can easily say this was a perfect introduction and opportunity to gain new experience and skills. Throughout the internship scheme I gained insight into the logistics of admin work and how the different departments fit and work together. I was also surprised at how much I felt part of the team and how satisfying it was to see the positive reactions to the festival. Aside from furthering career opportunities, being a festival assistant was simply a great way to meet new and interesting people who were always friendly and welcoming.

Ryan Oldham

My time as a Festival Assistant allowed me to find my feet in the office and get involved in tasks such as writing and sending out the monthly E-News, updating databases, arranging travel and answering phone calls. I worked closely with the Marketing Team and got a great hands-on experience during the Festival, building knowledge of several aspects of the department such as how press coverage is logged and social media is updated. The Festival Assistant Programme has helped me develop a solid foundation from which I can build my future career, in the industry that I am passionate about.

Harvey Trimble

My time at Doc/Fest gave me a real insight into the industry, allowing me to see how a Film Festival functions as well as working alongside a great team. During the Festival, I worked as a Registration Assistant and Head Volunteer which I enjoyed because I was at the heart of the operation; welcoming the delegates to the Festival. Plus, I even got to meet Documentary Director, Michael Moore!


Equal Opportunities Statement

Our volunteer opportunities are like our festival, open to all.

Sheffield Doc/Fest believes that documentaries, and those working in the arts and in media – including ourselves - have a part to play in creating a society which is proud of its diversity and its multi-cultural heritage.

Doc/Fest’s programme-centred approach to inclusiveness puts diversity at the forefront of its activity. Through the documentaries we showcase and the talent we develop, we aim to celebrate diversity, promote equality, and challenge discrimination.

Equally, we are committed to providing a welcoming, accessible, inclusive and positive experience for all festival attendees, and for all team members and volunteers – regardless of age, disability, sex, gender, sexuality, marital/civil partnership status, pregnancy/maternity/paternity, race, religion/belief, or socio-economic background. We’re proud to be a Disability Confident committed employer, supporting disabled people in the workplace.