Volunteer

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

Volunteer with SIFF

Join us in recognizing our 2022 SIFF Volunteer Top Honorees!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with SIFF! Our volunteers are an essential piece of SIFF, and we offer ways to engage year-round and during our Annual International Film Festival. As a volunteer, you will support SIFF's Mission, engage with fellow film-lovers and, of course, see great films! Whether you're new to SIFF or a seasoned attendee, anyone over the age of 16 years old is welcome to register to volunteer.

On this page:
How to Volunteer
Year-Round Volunteer Opportunities
SIFF’s eLearning Library
Volunteer Appreciation


HOW TO VOLUNTEER

If you're interested in learning more about volunteering with SIFF, please check out our Volunteer Guide. The compendium takes you through Shiftboard registration and use, full listings of all SIFF volunteer position types, information on volunteer benefits, and more! 

Download Volunteer Guide

If you are a new SIFF Volunteer, please register with Shiftboard. Shiftboard is our online scheduler and how we communicate with our volunteers. Once your registration is processed, you will receive a welcome email 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. We will also announce available shifts, trainings, and informational meetings through Shiftboard.

If you have volunteered with us in the past, and already have a SIFF Shiftboard account, you do not need to re-register.

Shiftboard LoginShiftboard Registration

Please keep in mind that the majority of our volunteer needs occur during the Seattle International Film Festival in April, so available shifts outside of these months will be limited.


YEAR-ROUND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • LEAD USHERS
    • These volunteers support theater operations staff at our three SIFF Cinemas by greeting patrons, scanning tickets and more.
  • SPECIAL EVENTS
    • Support SIFF during various events with setup, food & beverage service, and check-in.
  • MARKETING & PROMOTIONS
    • Volunteers provide photo and videography services, and spread the word about SIFF happenings by distributing flyers and posters at businesses and community events.

FESTIVAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Thank you to our incredible 2022 SIFF Volunteers! Please check back for more information about 2023 SIFF Volunteer Opportunities.


    SIFF'S E-LEARNING LIBRARY

    Volunteers can now complete prerequisite training virtually by accessing SIFF's eLearning Library!


    VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION

    VOUCHERS

    In appreciation for their service, SIFF volunteers receive vouchers that are redeemable for Festival, SIFF Cinema, or SIFF membership. For every two hours of service, a volunteer receives one voucher. One voucher can be redeemed for one regularly priced ticket. Vouchers are transferable, but the sale of vouchers is strictly prohibited. Some programs and films prohibit the use of vouchers; please check listings. For full volunteer benefit information, please see the Volunteer Guide (PDF).

    MEMBERSHIP

    In addition to redeeming vouchers for tickets, you may redeem five volunteer vouchers for a SIFF Membership. A SIFF Membership grants you discounts on tickets and passes, reciprocal benefits at several local organizations, and invitations to member-only events and screenings. You can fill out the Vouchers for Membership Form, and learn more about the benefits of a SIFF membership on our Membership page.

    What Our Volunteers Say

    “It’s flexible, there are a ton of opportunities for a diverse range of skill sets, and everyone on the SIFF staff treats us like an equal part of making the SIFF experience a great one for filmmakers and movie goers alike.”

    “[The best part of volunteering with SIFF] was interacting with the community and meeting new people that share my love of film.”

    "Volunteering at SIFF has brought me long-lasting friendships. Originally I volunteered because I love films; I continue because of the fun, friendly, and happy people."—Shawn, SIFF Volunteer since 2011

    Questions?

    For questions about volunteer vouchers, please email boxoffice@siff.net. For any general volunteer questions, please email volunteers@siff.net or check out our Volunteer FAQs Page.

    Email Box Office      Email Volunteer Team      Volunteer FAQs

    Volunteer Program Sponsors