Festival Volunteer Crew - Boulder International Film Festival

Festival Volunteer Crew

Festival Volunteer Crew Opportunities

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New Volunteer Registration has closed for BIFF 2023.
Check Back in November, 2023 for BIFF 2024!

BIFF Volunteer Crew Members are the heart and soul of the festival. We are grateful that so many volunteers return year after year and are delighted to welcome all newcomers!

Volunteer Crew Members who work at least 10 volunteer hours during BIFF (Volunteer Crew Silver Level) receive benefits including ticket vouchers, a BIFF t-shirt and badge, virtual cinema passes and additional perks throughout the season. And, there are extra perks for volunteers who work 25+ (Volunteer Crew Gold Level.)  Learn about all of our BIFF Volunteer Benefits.

New Volunteers for 2023 – (Volunteer Registration Is Closed for BIFF 2023)
To become a new BIFF Volunteer Crew Member:
– Review our list of Festival Teams below to find the best teams for you
– Create a BIFF Shiftboard Account by clicking on the Shiftboard logo below
– Once registered, you will receive a welcome email from Shiftboard and our BIFF Staff will assign you to your Festival Teams.

Returning Volunteers from 2022 – (Volunteer Registration is Closed for BIFF 2023)
Thanks for returning for BIFF 2023! Please login to your existing Shiftboard Account to review and update your current team selections and complete the mandatory new fields highlighted in yellow.  The information in your Shiftboard profile determines your team assignments and our communication to you during the season.

Prior BIFF Volunteers Who Did Not Re-register in 2022 (Volunteer Registration is Closed for BIFF 2023)
– Welcome Back! We upgraded our systems in 2022. Please re-register and update your information using the same email you have always used to log into Shiftboard: Re-register here.

Have questions about volunteering with BIFF? Contact volunteer@biff1.com


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.


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.


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!