Volunteer at HIFF

Celebrating 34 years of international cinema, the Hawaii International Film Festival, October 30 – November 9,2014 continues to be one of the largest film festivals in the world. We screen narrative and documentary features, as well as short films and music videos. The Festival schedule includes seminars, talks, outdoor screenings, receptions, educational programs and other special events.

With so much activity packed into ten days, we need hundreds of volunteers. Volunteers are the backbone of the festival; It could not happen without the energy and hard work provided by our enthusiastic volunteers. We invite you to sign up to join us this year.

To become a volunteer you must work a minimum of three shifts and attend one of our scheduled volunteer orientation meetings. Once you have attended one of the orientation meetings you will have access to the online schedule of shifts.

Please register online if you plan to participate in this years Festival. Please download, print and sign this waiver document and give it to the HIFF Volunteer Coordinator before beginning your first shift.


What you can expect as a volunteer:

  • You will have a rewarding experience while being treated with courtesy and respect.
  • Although you will work hard, you can expect to have fun.
  • Volunteer shifts run approximately 5 hours.
  • You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how a festival is run and learn more about the entertainment business.
  • You’ll work with a team of professionals that enjoys movies just as much as you do.
  • You’ll make new friends and connections.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to view films before they are released (as well as some that may never be released).

What we expect from volunteers:

  • Work a minimum of three shifts.
  • We expect you to arrive for your scheduled shift on time, dressed appropriately, and ready to work.
  • We expect you to abide by our rules of conduct both on- and off-duty. Remember, you officially represent the Festival.
  • We expect you to become familiar with the information in the Festival Film Guide.
  • We expect you to treat everyone with respect – friendliness and a smile can often make someone’s day.
  • If you are unable to make a shift or are running late to a shift, we expect you to contact our Volunteer Coordinator immediately so we may ensure the Festival runs smoothly.
  • We expect you to work to your fullest capacity, but allow yourself time to enjoy the Festival.