Be a part of Sheffield Doc/Fest
There are more ways than one to get involved and be a part of Sheffield Doc/Fest. Whether it's joining our 500-strong team of Doc/Crew Volunteers, or helping out in the Doc/Fest office as part of our year-round Festival Assistant programme, these opportunities are not to be missed.
If you have any queries about volunteering with Sheffield Doc/Fest, or would like our team to visit your institution to discuss how you can get involved with us, please get in touch via volunteer [at] sheffdocfest.com.
For more information on our Doc/Crew Volunteer Programme, and our year-round Festival Assistant Programme, please see below.
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 make a network of contacts, and 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.
You will be based in our Sheffield office, where you will see how Doc/Fest operate on a day-to-day basis as well as carrying out a range of duties such as: 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.
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.
Our 2019 Festival Assistant blocks run from:
14th January to 29th March
1st April to 28 June
1st July to 27th September
1st October to 20th December
The deadline for our January block is 09:00am on Monday 26th November 2018.
Interviews will take place on the 27th and 28th November 2018.
If you would like to apply please send a CV and covering letter, explaining why you would like to apply to the Festival Assistant programme, 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
What our Festival Assistants have to say
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!
Having volunteered with MCM Comic Con in London, I wanted to get a better understanding of the “behind the scenes” processes that go into making Festivals and shows happen. At Doc/Fest I assisted the production department and took on research tasks for equipment hire and worked as part of the Doc/Fest Film Crew during the festival. The internship has given me an excellent foundation of skills and I have met wonderful people with whom I hope to keep in touch with for future projects.
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.
Doc/Crew Volunteer Programme
Our Doc/Crew Volunteer Programme offers an unprecedented opportunity to gain valuable experience in the film industry, meet like-minded people and make lasting friendships. We have a number of roles within each of our teams to choose from, as well as a host of treats and perks with our Volunteer Reward Scheme. We welcome volunteer applications from people of all backgrounds. All Doc/Fest venues have access for wheelchair users and we work to ensure the Festival is accessible to everyone. If you have any questions about volunteering at Doc/Fest, please get in touch via
volunteer [at] sheffdocfest.com.
Applications to join the Doc/Crew Volunteer Programme will open in February 2019.