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Glasgow Film Festival 2020 volunteer recruitment is now open!

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Glasgow Film Festival 26 February – 8 March 2020

Launched in 2005, Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) is now one of the biggest events in the UK with audience numbers in excess of 42,000 and a well-respected programme of UK and European premieres. The 2019 festival opened with the UK premiere of Jonah Hill’s Mid 90s and closed with the UK premiere of Brian Welsh’s Beats. Each year we welcome a host of guests to the festival, which have included Richard Gere, Lynne Ramsay, Karen Gillan, Paddy Considine, Sir Michael Palin, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Wheatley, Gemma Arterton and many others. 

As well as Glasgow Film Theatre on Rose Street, during festival time we use the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Cineworld and other venues across the city to deliver our many screenings and pop-up cinema events. This year we will also introduce our Festival Hub at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

This festival could not happen without you!

We rely on friendly faces to generate a welcoming atmosphere in our venues and at our events and parties. Whether you’re a film buff with free time on your hands or are looking to meet new people – there are many reasons to get involved.

Why volunteer?

“I would heartily recommend volunteering. It’s a cinema lover’s feast with great perks and great people.” Robert, GFF & GFT Volunteer

Benefits of volunteering at GFF20 include:

  • Learn new skills: Enhance your CV with improved understanding of festival delivery and event management
  • Community engagement: Get to meet new people, mingle with festival guests and make some new friends
  • Personal development: Gain confidence and enhance your interpersonal skills
  • Indulge your passion: Get to see festival films and attend events for free

As well as this, all our volunteers receive two exclusive festival t-shirts, and an allocation of free tickets which can be used at GFF and GFT. Throughout the festival we have various giveaways where you can claim free tickets to select films and events. You will also have the chance to win prizes by taking part in our volunteer competitions. And finally, you’ll be invited to see the festival out in style along with your fellow volunteers, staff and guests at our GFF20 closing party.

For an idea of what GFF involves you can see last year’s programme here.

Volunteer requirements 

We ask that all our volunteers are able to commit to a minimum of six shifts throughout the festival, and one of the induction sessions pre-festival.

You should be able to make your own way to and from volunteer shifts and induction sessions.

You should also be confident communicating in English, although this does not have to be your first language.

You must be aged 18 or over and eligible to volunteer in the UK.

Glasgow Film aims to ensure no applicant is discriminated against either directly or indirectly on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Additional information can be found in the FAQs.

How to apply

Before applying, please read about the different Volunteer Roles and consider which of these would interest and suit you best. There are limited vacancies for some of the roles so we recommend selecting up to three options, if applicable.

Once you have decided on your preferred role(s), please follow the link below and complete our application form.


The deadline for all applications is Sunday 5 January. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Role matching sessions will take place on 17 and 19 January and inductions sessions will be held on 14 and 16 February.

Should you have any further questions about volunteering or the application process please

This information can also be downloaded in our GFF20 Volunteer Pack.

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