Festival Volunteer Crew - Boulder International Film Festival

Festival Volunteer Crew

Volunteer Festival Crew Opportunities

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BIFF’s success depends on our fun-loving and hardworking volunteers!  Volunteer Festival Crew members join their favorite Festival Teams and book at least 10 hours during BIFF to receive full volunteer benefits (ticket vouchers, BIFF t-shirt and badge, virtual cinema, and additional perks throughout the season). For a full explanation of the three tiers of volunteer, benefits click here.

Please see a list of our volunteer teams below to see what might be a good fit for you!

Volunteer registration for our 2022 season is now open. You can click on the Shiftboard logo below and fill out a new volunteer registration form so we can get to know you better.

Please note that all BIFF volunteers, staff and patrons will be asked for proof of full vaccination prior to the festival.


Click the image below to register.

Festival Teams

Box Office

Box Office
Box Office volunteers are the helpful, friendly people who handle ticketing and sales at film venues and special events as well as support advance sales and guest services in our new Festival Box Office inside the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center (VIC) on the Pearl Street Mall.

Festival Tent

Located at the center of the Pearl Street Mall, the BIFF Festival Tent is a lively centerpiece of activity during the four days of the Festival. Tent volunteers help the management team facilitate the many activities that take place under its roof. The Tent has many uses and over the course of a single day there could be events such as Call2Action Talkbacks, singer/songwriter performances, artists, poetry readings, and panel discussions. Tent volunteers also help replenish and distribute the food and drink made available by our sponsors.  They welcome the public into the heated tent, answer questions, and engage with passers about BIFF films and events.

BIFF Front Office

As we approach the Festival, our BIFF Front Office volunteers help support the Festival Management Team.  BIFF Front Office volunteers are based out of our offices in Downtown Boulder.  They’re a friendly, dynamic crew that can easily transition from answering ticketing and volunteer inquiries to assisting in administrative projects.


Call2Action is our showcase of films that have compelling messages that filmgoers may want to learn more about.  Our motto is “You’ve been moved?  Now get moving!”  Volunteers in Call2Action line up non-profit partners whose missions support the film’s message and facilitate TalkBacks afterwards, often with filmmakers, activists, and professionals to explore concepts raised in key films during the Festival.


Decorating Boulder for a film festival requires equal parts flair, vision, and attention to detail. BIFF’s Décor Team manages our signage and décor at our Venues, Festival Tent, and Festival Box Office on Pearl Street.


Events volunteers help produce our very special parties during the Festival. From greeters and servers to TIPS certified bartenders, our volunteers ensure our guests have a wonderful experience. Events include Opening Night Gala, Filmmaker Lounge, CineCHEF, and more.

Marketing and Communications

Our Marketing and Communications volunteers broadcast information about the Festival and engage attendees through social media.


BIFF needs your help running day-to-day operations during the Festival.  If you’re interested in being a Production Assistant, this is a great place to learn about event production.  If you have production experience, we’d love to have you onboard as a Production Manager.  BIFF Production Managers are responsible for managing the show office and coordinating the efforts of our fabulous Production Assistants as we work to support all of the activities throughout the Festival and keep things running smoothly.

Program Distribution

The BIFF Program book is the most comprehensive guide to the Festival available. It’s also the principal signal to the community that the Festival is coming soon!  Volunteers in Program Distribution travel across the Front Range delivering Programs to businesses, coffee shops, waiting rooms, etc.  All together, we distribute over 30,000 BIFF Programs and directly improve our box office success!

Sustainability Team

Sustainability Team volunteers work with our partners at Eco-Cycle to fulfill our Zero Waste efforts for the Festival.  And they educate guests at each venue on how to use our recycle, compost, and trash containers.


Our friendly Registration volunteers provide Festival badges to pass holders, sponsors, and filmmakers.  They pass out volunteer credentials and coordinate with other teams to make sure check-in runs smoothly.


Volunteers in Setup-Strike rise early or retire late to make the Festival run smoothly.  They load in equipment, hang curtains and screens, and wrap locations.

Stage Management

Volunteers in Stage Management help us keep our film programs informative, efficient, and running on schedule.  And they communicate directly with BIFF moderators and guests.  We’re looking for experienced Stage Managers who have a good deal of technical expertise, theatrical or production experience, and great people skills.  You’ll be leading a team that includes video projection, sound, and lighting.  If you’re interested in being an Assistant Stage Manager, this is a great place to learn about Stage Management.

Wifi Technicians

We’re looking for individuals interested in learning technical troubleshooting and management.  The Tech Wizards will be responsible for WiFi setup and maintenance, iPads and scanners, TV’s and Amazon Fire Sticks, and any connectivity or Internet questions.  This is a job on the move.  Time will be split between the main BIFF production offices and on location work at the various venues around town.  If you want to learn or already have a mind for fixing technology issues, this is the job for you!


During the Festival, Venues volunteers help facilitate our many film venues.  They work in concert with Stage Managers, Box Office, Production Assistants, and others to ensure the smooth execution of the film and tent venues.  They also interact with Festival customers to ensure an excellent experience for everyone.  A Venue Crew Volunteer is a multi-functional role involving line management, ushering, People’s Choice voting and ticket scanning at film venues, as well as general support at the Festival Tent.  Every other year, the Venues Team also facilitates guest surveys to provide feedback to the Festival organizers.  From time to time, we have Venues Festival Staff opportunities that open up like Venue Manager and Line Manager.

Volunteer Support

Volunteer Support is the behind-the-scenes team that ensures everyone is ready for Opening Night!  We’re looking to grow our bench of dedicated, detail-oriented and computer-savvy Volunteer Support Coordinators who know the intricacies of the Festival schedule and team structures.  Together, we:

  • recruit and register new Festival Staff and Festival Crew volunteers
  • assist incoming and returning volunteers with navigating Shiftboard (shift scheduling, communications, team management)
  • respond to volunteer inquiries; communicate important info to Festival volunteers
  • help manage Volunteer Orientation
  • check-in volunteers at venues during the Festival

Youth Pavilion

During the Festival, we offer fun and free programs and film screenings for kids, teens, and families.  Youth Pavilion volunteers help with line and entrance management.

If you’d like a behind-the-scenes look at planning the Festival, please consider stepping up into a Festival Staff role.  You can find our current opportunities HERE.

Returning Crew click HERE for Shiftboard.

Learn more about all of our gracious sponsors at the full sponsors list landing page!

See more sponsors at our insider news page!