Volunteering Opportunities with Sheffield Doc/Fest

Thankyou to everyone who was part of the 2019 Doc/Crew Volunteer Programme. You played a vital role in putting on one of our best festivals yet, and we couldn't do it without you! If you have any feedback on how we can improve the Doc/Crew experience for you, or just want to tell us how much you miss us, please get in touch at volunteer [at] sheffdocfest.com

We hope to see you again for 2020...

...Can't wait until then? Then read on and find out about more ways to get involved throughout the year!

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 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 30 September - 20 December.

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.