Bristol Film Festival is able to thrive due to the support and enthusiasm of a fantastic team of volunteers, and we wouldn’t be able to develop our events if it wasn’t for their contribution. We are always keen to hear from people who want to share their skills!

How to apply: 

  • Read each volunteer role carefully, and select the role(s) you believe you would be suitable for.
  • Fill in an application form (provided below)
  • Send this application form to info@bristolfilmfestival.com
  • Successful applicants will be invited to participate in either a telephone, or face-to-face group interview. Applicants who are accepted will then be invited to take part in one mandatory information session, and receive an information pack.
  • Applicants will receive information about the precise nature of their role, essential information and shift times one week before the event.
  • All applicants must be aged 18 or over. Regretfully we are unable to offer feedback to unsuccessful applicants.
  • At some events, you may find that you will be required to fulfil more than one role – we are always happy to discuss this in greater detail if you have any concerns.


General Volunteer Application 


Event Management & Organisation


Event Managers – As an Event Manager, you will be responsible for ensuring events run smoothly from beginning to end. You will have experience of co-ordinating events in the past, and be able to work with several groups to ensure setup runs smoothly and on time. You will be present throughout the screenings to deal with any audience issues, and will therefore have to have excellent customer service skills. In the event there is an issue with an event, you will need to be quick-thinking and professional, and able to cope well under pressure. You will be responsible for other volunteer team members at the event and will ensure that they are all able to carry out their respective tasks. This is one of the most important roles at the festival, so if you are considering applying for this position, please provide an up to date cv.

Production Assistant – production assistants will be involved in the behind-the-scenes work required to set up events. You will be involved in various tasks all around the city, and as a result will need to be efficient and well-organised. A clean driving license and access to a vehicle is also a bonus, but not essential.

Event Stewards – Event stewards will be responsible for checking tickets at venues, and supervising audiences throughout events. You will be required to sit in on several events a day and normally will remain in one venue – although you may be required to move to other areas in the city. In between events, it will also be your job to ensure venues remain clean and tidy. You will need to be enthusiastic and customer-service focused. In some venues, you may need to assist with set up before events.

Guest Liaison – Guests at the festival include speakers, invited guests from our sponsors and charity partners, and members. It will be your job to welcome these guests directly, meeting and greeting, and supplying any relevant information about their hospitality, ongoing travel or accommodation. You will be particularly active during and in the run up to the festival’s press launch.  To fulfil this role you will have an existing interest in hospitality, and be outgoing and efficient.


Creative & Communication Volunteers

Photographers – This role will require you to cover several events across Bristol for the entire festival, ensuring that high-quality footage is captured of all our events. Whilst we retain copyright of images, they can be used in your portfolio and non-commercial work, and offers the chance to work in dynamic and sometimes challenging locations. You must supply your own kit. Please include a link to your portfolio or examples of your work in your application.

Filming Assistant – Much like the role of photographers, you will be required to travel across the city during the festival, capturing high quality film footage. This will include time-lapse footage of venue setup, walkthroughs of venues, audience shots, filming of talks, workshops and introductions, and short interviews with audience members. After the festival, we aim to create short review videos, and invite individuals with an interest in editing to mention if they would like to be involved in this aspect too.

Social Media Assistant – During the festival, you will be responsible for keeping the Festival’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds updated, and will attend various events in order to promote activity. You will have an existing interest in marketing, excellent written and communication skills, and a flair for creating interesting content.

Features & Feedback – in this role, you will be responsible for collecting feedback from audience members, writing up events and providing reviews, interviews and longer content for our blog and social media channels. Excellent written communication skills are essential.

Content Editor & Co-Ordinator: in this role, you will be responsible for overseeing all creative and communications activity. You will co-ordinate the Creative and Communications Team and ensure they have a schedule, directions, and appropriate instructions. You will also be responsible for reviewing the footage that is produced from each day, and selecting images for social media and the website.


Year-Round Volunteer Roles

Social Media Assistant

Social media assistants will work year-round to develop and implement a social media strategy. Working with Festival team members, they will produce dynamic content for the Festival’s social media and news channels. Applicants will need some availability throughout the year, and an existing interest in social media and marketing. You will also be required to work with other team members throughout the year in order to produce cohesive content.


Members Co-Ordinator

This year Bristol Film Festival are implementing a Members Scheme for the first time. There will be several layers of membership, each with exclusive benefits, and it will be the job of the Members Co-ordinator to produce content for members, and sustain contact with them in regular newsletters. As a Members Co-Ordinator, you will need availability throughout the year, and have an existing interest in marketing, as well as a great customer-focused attitude. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in managing databases and building relationships with Members, as well as coming up with strategies to promote and develop the scheme moving forward. Please provide an up to date CV.