Welcome to the Doc/Crew Volunteer Programme!

Submissions for Doc/Crew 2019 are now open! Please see below for a list of available roles.

The Programme offers an unprecedented opportunity to gain valuable experience in the film industry, meet like-minded people and make lasting friendships. We welcome volunteer applications from people of all backgrounds. All Doc/Fest venues have good access for wheelchair users and we work to ensure the Festival is accessible to everyone. If you have any questions about whether a role is suitable for you, please get in touch via volunteer [at] sheffdocfest.com

To get an idea of what volunteering as part of Doc/Crew might look like, click here to watch our brand new Doc/Crew trailer, made for us by Leanne Hayman and Clément Esso of OTOXO Productions.

Our Doc/Crew volunteers take over the city from 6-11 June 2019, with plenty of opportunities to join the team before and after the festival. In return for volunteering you’ll receive:

  • One free ticket to see a film for every shift you complete
  • A free Doc/Crew branded T-Shirt
  • Your very own Doc/Crew festival pass and lanyard
  • Invitations to the epic Doc/Fest parties
  • The opportunity to become part of the Doc/Crew alumni
  • Plus more to be announced...

Follow Doc/Crew on Twitter here, or subscribe to our Doc/Crew e-news here for news, opportunities and updates.

Alternate Realities Exhibition Crew

Team: Alternate Realities

Summary: This role places you in our flagship Alternate Realities Exhibition. You’ll be dealing with industry-leading tech, learning floor plans, working with each individual project to install and ensure proper set-up, whilst maintaining a safe, smooth and inquisitive environment.

Who is this suitable for? If you’re tech savvy, not afraid to get your hands dirty and want to learn more about how a cutting-edge gallery space lives and breathes then you can’t miss our Alternate Realities Exhibition.

Box Office Crew

Team: Operations

Summary: You’ll receive training in our industry-leading Ticketing software, distributing tickets to the entire Doc/Fest programme, and advising on event times, venue locations, accessibility and general festival info.

Who is this suitable for? This is a hugely important role and one that requires a calm, friendly and professional manner with great communication skills and a passion for film and events. This is a fantastic opportunity for those looking to enhance their customer service and front of house skills.

Cinema Production Crew

Team: Films

Summary: A peak into the production side of the Festival, working closely with the cinema venues to ensure everything’s ready for the screenings to start.

Who is this suitable for? If you’ve always wondered what goes into getting a film on screen, and enjoy working with all things tech and production, then this one’s for you.

Cinema Steward

Team: Films

Summary: A diverse and important role that sees you carrying out any number of Front of House duties at our cinema venues.

Who is this suitable for? If you love being in a cinema, are passionate about people enjoying films and want to get a bunch of experience, you’ll be right at home as a Cinema Steward. Oh, and you’ll get to sit in on some screenings.

Delegate Centre Crew

Team: Operations

Summary: The Delegate Centre is the buzzing industry hub – the first point of arrival for all 3,500 attendees of the Festival. You’ll be welcoming them to the Festival, giving them everything they need and assisting with any queries they may have.

Who is this suitable for? You need to be friendly, approachable and have great people skills. If you’re considering a career in events or hospitality, this is the perfect role for you, and you’ll get invaluable first-hand experience of how one of the UK’s biggest film festivals is run.

Doc/Info Crew

Team: Operations

Summary: Our Doc/Info crew are the face of the Festival. You’ll be the vital first point of contact for anyone attending events. You’ll be entrusted to publicly represent Doc/Fest and help festival-goers have the smoothest experience possible.

Who is this suitable for? It is essential that you are a warm, approachable person with great communication skills – This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to strengthen their hospitality skills and gain valuable experience towards a career in the service or events industries.

Doc/Player Crew

Team: Films

Summary: Manning the desk and assisting delegates at our digital film library – the Doc/Player lounge.

Who is this suitable for? If you’re looking for a lot of contact time with Doc/Fest’s industry delegates, as well as the chance to know our Film Programme inside out, then the Doc/Player crew is the role for you.

Events Crew

Team: Events

Summary: This role is right in the heart of the festival. You’ll be helping with setting up, dressing and closing down the events. Your main role here will be to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Who is this suitable for? Do you want to pursue a career in events/hospitality management? Have a bit of experience with front of house and customer service? This might be the one for you.

Festival Runner

Team: Operations

Summary: Festival Runners are vital to the success of Doc/Fest. This is a varied, diverse role that requires you to cover any and every aspect of the Festival. One minute you may be delivering sponsor signage to a venue, the next you might be helping at an industry networking event or assisting a guest speaker get to their venue on time.

Who is this suitable for? An enthusiastic and energetic individual with a can-do attitude are required of all our runners. This is a fast-paced, exciting, challenging role will give you a great insight into how a massive film festival like Doc/Fest operates.

Film Crew

Team: Marketing

Summary: You will be taking part in filming all the events throughout the festival, for delivery to our YouTube channel and beyond.

Who is this suitable for? If you take part in this role, filming experience is essential. You’ll need to be super organised with good time management to stick to the packed schedule of events.

To register interest in this role, please get in touch via volunteer [at] sheffdocfest.com

Jury Coordinator

Team: Films

Summary: Look after the members of our Juries and keep them on their viewing schedule.

Who is this suitable for? Someone with excellent people skills who wouldn’t mind rubbing shoulders with some interesting industry professionals.

To register interest in this role, please get in touch via volunteer [at] sheffdocfest.com

Marketing & Print Crew

Team: Films

Summary: Supporting the Films team in the distribution and display of film posters and prints across the festival.

Who is this suitable for? If you’re looking for some solid experience in the marketing of films and the handling of promotional materials, look no further. This role may require some days leading up to the festival.

Marketplace Sessions Crew

Team: Marketplace & Talent

Summary: This role is to help run the Marketplace & Talent events. These are on a tight schedule so it’s important to make sure none of them run under or over their allotted time.

Who is this suitable for? We need someone with strong people skills and a friendly nature to help the team. It’s also a great opportunity to see how discussions at such a high lever are conducted.

MeetMarket & Alternate Realities Talent Market Crew

Team: Marketplace & Talent

Summary: Operating in one of the world’s biggest and busiest documentary marketplaces, you’ll be offering high-level support to a room full of international buyers, filmmakers and artists.

Who is this suitable for? We need a crew of bright, organised team players who feel comfortable keeping lots of important meetings on time and on schedule. If you’re interested in the business side of documentary, then you shouldn’t miss this opportunity.

Merchandise Crew

Team: Marketing

Summary: You’ll be based at the Festival Hub on Tudor Square, on the front line selling our amazing merch, such as hoodies, bags and posters.

Who is this suitable for? Someone who is kind, friendly and retail savvy. If this sounds like you, then you are perfect for this role.

Party & Venue Design Crew

Team: Marketing

Summary: Providing vital support to the Marketing team, this role will see you dress up our flagship venues, the city centre, and everything in between.

Who is this suitable for? If you’re well-organised, looking for a chance to be creative and be responsible for turning the city orange, join the Party & Venue Design Crew.

Photography Crew

Team: Marketing

Summary: Photos and selfies are both important to capture the life of the festival. But you will be amongst the fun at all the events capturing snippets of sessions, pitches and the legendary parties!

Who is this suitable for? For this role you will need some professional experience as well as your own equipment. You will need good time management skills when dealing with the busy schedule of events. You’ll need to provide us with a photography portfolio along with your application. Please email your portfolio to volunteer [at] sheffdocfest.com

Press Desk Crew

Team: Marketing

Summary: You’ll be working with the Press Team, dealing with national and international press teams, working alongside them to organise any meetings or talks with guests.

Who is this suitable for? If you’re well organised, good at keeping people to a schedule, and efficient, then this might well be for you. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic with a good knowledge of Sheffield City Centre to help the Press Crew.

Production Crew

Team: Production

Summary: Reporting to the Production Coordinator, this role involves supporting venue coordinators across multiple locations ensuring essential equipment and materials are in the right place at the right time.

Who is this suitable for? We’re looking for outgoing, team players who want to get some event production experience behind them. A technical background, with a valid driver’s license and a geographical knowledge of Sheffield would all be desirable.

Q&A Wrangler

Team: Films

Summary: a fast-paced role which will you see you meeting guests of the festival and ensuring they get to their Q&A’s on time.

Who is this suitable for? If you’d like the chance to meet the people behind all the films that premiere at Doc/Fest, then this is for you. You’ll need to be friendly, quick on your feet and good with your time.

Social Media Crew

Team: Marketing

Summary: Working across the festival on Doc/Fest’s social media, you’ll be responsible for keeping the world informed about what’s going on at Doc/Fest.

Who is this suitable for? If you’re looking to learn more about the exciting possibilities of social media, put your creative writing skills to the test, as well as get audiences engaging with the festival online, Social Media Crew is the one for you.

Talks Steward

Team: Talks

Summary: You will be manning the Front of House at one of our flagship venues. Counting attendance, using our bespoke ticketing system, and making sure our attendees have a seamless experience.

Who is this suitable for? A calm, comfortable, quick-thinking people person. You’ll be the welcoming face of the festival dealing with enquiries as and when they come. Also, if you’re interested to see some of the Talks programme, then this is the role for you.

Team Hub Crew

Team: Operations

Summary: You’ll be based where the magic happens – the Doc/Fest office! Fielding questions from anyone looking to liaise with Doc/Fest staff, providing vital admin support as well as processing the votes for our Audience Award.

Who is this suitable for? This role will sharpen your administrative skills, giving you a great behind-the-scenes insight into how the festival operates, setting you up for a career in the arts and beyond.


Equal Opportunities Statement

Our volunteer opportunities are like our festival, open to all.

Sheffield Doc/Fest believes that documentaries, and those working in the arts and in media – including ourselves - have a part to play in creating a society which is proud of its diversity and its multi-cultural heritage.

Doc/Fest’s programme-centred approach to inclusiveness puts diversity at the forefront of its activity. Through the documentaries we showcase and the talent we develop, we aim to celebrate diversity, promote equality, and challenge discrimination.

Equally, we are committed to providing a welcoming, accessible, inclusive and positive experience for all festival attendees, and for all team members and volunteers – regardless of age, disability, sex, gender, sexuality, marital/civil partnership status, pregnancy/maternity/paternity, race, religion/belief, or socio-economic background. We’re proud to be a Disability Confident committed employer, supporting disabled people in the workplace.