SIFF Volunteers are key to the success of SIFF Cinema, Seattle International Film Festival, and SIFF Education.

Anyone at least 16 years old can volunteer, from students to retirees, from Festival newbies to Festival pass-holders. Our volunteers meet tons of people and, of course, see great films!

How to Volunteer

If you are a new SIFF Volunteer, please register with Shiftboard, our on-line scheduler. Once your registration is processed, you will receive a welcome e-mail from us (check your bulk/spam/junk folder!) that will include your new password. You can then access your account to join teams, view our calendar, and pick up shifts. If you have volunteered with us in the past, and already have a SIFF Shiftboard account, you do not need to re-register.

Register with Shiftboard.

Benefits of Volunteering at SIFF


SIFF is pleased to award our volunteers with vouchers that are redeemable for Festival and SIFF Cinema tickets - and SIFF Membership. For every two hours you volunteer, you will receive a voucher. One voucher equals one ticket. Five vouchers equal an Enthusiast Membership. Vouchers are transferable, but the sale of vouchers is strictly prohibited. Some programs and films prohibit the use of vouchers, please check listings.

SIFF Membership

You can redeem 5 vouchers to receive a one-year Enthusiast Membership or with an additional $70 you can upgrade to the Benefactor level. Download the Vouchers for Membership Form.

Turn Your Hours into Dollars for SIFF

Many companies offer monetary contributions to non-profits based on the amount of hours an employee has volunteered at that organization and most have an easy online submission process.

Below are only a few examples of Seattle-area businesses that have Volunteer Grant Programs. For information on how to submit your volunteer hours for a matching gift to SIFF, visit your Human Resources department or login to your employer’s online employee giving portal.

If your employer is not included below and has a volunteer grant program, let us know and we’ll add them to the list!

Puget Sound Energy
Alaska Airlines
Bank of America
Amount Offered
$25 per hour volunteered
$15 per hour volunteered
$15 per hour volunteered
$12.50 per hour volunteered
$10 per hour volunteered
$50 per 5 hours volunteered
$250 per 25 hours volunteered
Minimum 25 volunteer hours starting at $250 grant
Minimum 50 volunteer hours starting at $250 grant

SIFF is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, tax ID 91-1489660.

Skilled Service Providers

Are you a skilled tradesperson? If so, we'd like to talk to you about volunteering your time and expertise in:

electrical work
kitchen/bath remodel
neon repair
appliance repair
lighting maintenance
moving and storage
carpet/drapery/upholstery cleaning

Please contact us!