48:e festivalen 24 jan - 2 feb, 2025

Join our organisation as a volunteer!

Are you looking for an unforgettable experience and want to get to know the biggest film festival in Scandinavia?

48:e festivalen
24 Jan -
2 Feb, 2025

All our volunteer positions are already filled, but since we often get withdrawals during January, we keep the application open. You are welcome to apply to our list of reserves.

The 47th edition of the Göteborg Film Festival will take place on January 26 – February 4, 2024.

Volunteer at Göteborg Film Festival

Cinema host

Do you want to meet the audience? Here you are part of a small, close team at a cinema being led by a coordinator, and you are responsible for helping the audience in and out, answering questions and keeping everything nice and tidy. You need to be comfortable introducing movies in English and be able to handle a smartphone. As cinema host you will work many hours, but also get the opportunity to watch movies during your shifts.

Audience host

Do you want to meet our audience and help them with their technical issues? As audience host you will be the first person the audience meets at the cinema. You know the program by heart and can answer questions and guide the audience through their digital purchases if they need help. You need to feel comfortable using a tablet, be very social and speak both Swedish and English (more languages are a bonus!). You will be in close contact with the support.

Industry centre

Are you social and like to be of service? At industry centre you are part of a team that helps with accreditations, answering questions and making sure that the festival’s invited guests and journalists are having a good time. We are looking for you who are structured, are able to see what needs to be done and can handle a job that has an alternating high and low tempo. You need to be able to communicate in English and and it’s also an advantage if you speak more languages.

Event host / Nordic Film Market / TV Drama Vision

Do you like variation, decorating and preparing, welcoming guests and audience, give service and make people enjoy themselves? Or are you interested in the film industry and what’s happening right now? Then this is the right place for you. You will help establishing/implement/de-establishing our arenas, parties, industry events and seminars. This is very varying and fun, you might for example get tasks like simple decorations, serving or standing in the wardrobe. There will be many lifts and stairs.

Runner / establishing

Do you like physical work and maybe also driving in the city? As a runner you get to see all the different areas and venues of the festival, decorating and preparing stages and arenas before events and parties, drive stuff to different places, and meet a lot of different members of staff. You are a problem solver. A lot of physical work. As a runner you need to have a driver license B and you might get to drive a larger caddy.

Photo volunteer

Do you have your own camera and are passionate about photography? As a festival photographer you get to participate in documenting the latest seminars, events, directors and movies during the festival. Examples from portfolio need to be sent to personal@goteborgfilmfestival.se no later than December 20th.

Guest host

Guest hosts drive invited guests to and from the airport and between their hotels and appearances during the festival. As guest host you are the first person that our invited guests meet. Because of that you need to have social competence and be able to feel if the person you’re driving wants to chat or simply wants a quiet moment in the car. You also need to be a competent driver who is comfortable with driving in central Göteborg. All the new guests hosts need to show a police record extract (you can get it from here: https://polisen.se/en/services-and-permits/police-record-extracts/Check-your-own-information-in-the-criminal-record/) and take part in a drivers training during January. As a guest host you receive a small compensation for your work.

On-call volunteer

Do you like variation and flexibility? On-call volunteers are the ones who jump in on a short notice when other volunteers get sick. To be an on-call volunteer means that you tell us which dates you are available to be scheduled during the period 27/1-5/2. You will then get a schedule with five whole days, but only get called in when you’re needed. You need to be available the whole day, these five days, which means that you need to have your phone on you and be ready to get in and work on a short notice. To be on-call volunteer is a flexible and valuable work where you have the possibility to see different areas of the festival.


What is required of me, to become a volunteer?

You need to be at least 18 years old and be available to be scheduled during the majority of the festival.

What do I get?

As a volunteer you’ll get volunteer clothes, one food coupon per shift that can be used at selected restaurants in the city, a three month subscription to our streaming service Draken Film, an accreditation card to the festival, a goodie bag and an amazing and fun experience! If you want to, we can also give you a certificate that proves your involvement.

How does the ackreditation card work?

The accreditation card gives you access to all the screenings of the festivals, if there are spaces left. You will be let in last, if there are available seats.

How much am I expected to work?

Every volunteer is expected to volunteer at least 40 hours. Visitor volunteers in the cinemas will work more than that, but get the opportunity to watch movies during their shifts.

I am available during some days and times during the festivals, can I apply?

Some of the placements are possible to adapt. Make clear in your application what days and times you’re available. But generally we’re counting on you to be available every day or every evening and weekend.

When do I hear from you?

If you are a new volunteer you will be summoned for an info meeting in early December, during which we will tell you a bit more about the festival and what it means to be a volunteer, while also getting the opportunity to get to know you a little bit! You will then receive information about your placement, or if you are on the reserve list before Christmas. Your exact schedule will be emailed to you during the second half of January.

I’ve been a volunteer before – will I be placed in the same place as earlier?

If you wish to be placed in the same place again – make that clear in your application. We can’t guarantee anything, but will do our best to meet your wishes.

Will I get training?

Yes. In January we have a mandatory training day for all our volunteers, where we talk about routines, audience treatment, ticket scanning and more. Then you’ll also get your clothes and accreditation cards. Those who get placed in audience support, as a guest host or guest interviewer will also have separate trainings during January.

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