Without our team of super talented, passionate, and dedicated volunteers, CIFF simply couldn't get off the ground! We are very thankful to have worked with so many fantastic film fans over the years. 

Our 23rd Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) takes place September 22 - October 2, 2022. This year will offer 11 days of screenings that showcase and celebrate 180+ feature and short films, with stand-out stories and once-in-a-lifetime experiences in the cinema or through at-home streaming.

Volunteer Vaccination Policy

For 2022, we will continue to uphold our strategy for maintaining a safe working environment by ensuring that CIFF personnel who are coming into the office or onto the festival site (including employees, core contractors, preferred vendors, volunteers and board of directors) during the 2022 festival are fully vaccinated (and past the appropriate waiting period for full efficacy). This policy is subject to change as we adapt to the changing landscape, and we will continue to update this page as plans are confirmed closer to September. 

If you are required to be, or plan to be, present on any CIFF 2022 festival site, and/or in any venue or workspace, including the CIFF office, during the festival (September 22 - October 2, 2022), we respectfully ask that you provide documentation confirming your vaccination status with us. You can provide proof of vaccination by sending your MyAlberta Digital ID confirmation, or any paperwork your pharmacist provided you at the time of vaccination, to Taryn Craig, Operations Specialist (volunteer@ciffcalgary.ca). If you are not comfortable sending over email, please let us know and we will arrange a time for you to come by our office to verify your vaccination status in person.  Please note that we will not store your vaccination documentation.  Once you have been verified, we will permanently delete that document from our records

Should you choose not to be vaccinated (due to exemption or otherwise) or choose not to share your vaccination status, we understand and we will be happy to put you on the list for appropriate future opportunities.

2022 Volunteer Roles

There are 2 primary crews for the 2022 festival, though there will be volunteer opportunities outside of these two crews doing more specialized work. 

Venue Crew

Venue Crew Volunteers are right in the middle of the action! This is our biggest and busiest crew, with dozens of volunteers cycling through it during the festival. From greeting patrons and scanning tickets to tidying cinemas and directing guests, venue volunteers do everything a festival venue requires day to day and so much more.

Screen Leads

Screen leads take over where venue crew hand off, at the cinema doors. Screen leads are an elite crew who are scheduled based on the film schedule, and are in charge of ensuring timely film starts, communicating with projection and reporting concerns to the venue coordinators, as well as watching the films to identify any visual or audio anomalies and tidying the cinema in between screenings. Please note this crew requires additional training beyond orientation. 

Outside of our primary crews, we have volunteer opportunites including pre-festival office support, crew leads, special event volunteering, tech crew and others! If you're interested in volunteering in one of those roles, please indicate that on your registration form, and we'll reach out with further details as plans are confirmed.

Volunteer Perks

Volunteers who volunteer during the festival must complete a minimum of 16 hours from September 1-October 14. Those completing more hours may be eligible for additional perks in the form of General Admission vouchers.

All volunteers completing the minimum number of hours receive a Volunteer Badge which grants access to all virtual screenings, and rush access to in person screenings (subject to capacity). 


New volunteers

We will be accepting new volunteers for the 2022 festival! More details about registering are coming soon. In the meantime, please email us with any questions at volunteer@ciffcalgary.ca.

Returning volunteers

All returning volunteers will receive more details about registering for 2022 soon! Keep an eye on those inboxes! 



Email Taryn at volunteer@ciffcalgary.ca

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