Volunteer at HIFF

Volunteering for the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) promises to be an exciting and memorable experience. As one of the largest film festivals in the world, HIFF brings together the film industry, local filmmakers, international stars, first-time actors, and film enthusiasts from all walks of life for our cinema and educational programming.

The HIFF Spring Showcase, April 10 – 19, 2015 is smaller in scope than the Fall Festival, but still highlights a great selection of films from around the world.  Volunteers are most needed for program guide distribution and theater operations during this festival.

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.

We look forward to having you as part of the HIFF Team!

HIFF Volunteer Orientation:

Please be sure to attend one volunteer orientation scheduled for March 21, 28, and April 4.  Each orientation will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. It will be at the Dole Cannery Food Court at 650 Iwilei Road.  It is located across the street from Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX.  The orientation will give potential volunteers the opportunity to meet HIFF Staff, review the Volunteer Handbook, and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Please register online if you plan to participate in the 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase. 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.