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Volunteer Roles

Volunteer Roles

Our volunteers are the face of the festival. They are the most visible part of the festival team so we are looking for friendly people who can bring their own personality and talents to the role.

Duties for all volunteers include:

  • Welcoming our guests and audiences
  • Acting as a point of information
  • Helping to keep our venues safe and friendly
  • Helping with Covid safety management
  • Checking tickets and guiding audiences in and out of events
  • Attending a volunteer induction session
  • Relevant ad hoc duties as required

The different volunteer teams are detailed below. Please choose up to three preferred options in your application.

Front of House Team

Based mostly at GFT and Cineworld, Front of House Volunteers will welcome our audiences and help to make sure they are well looked after during their visit.

Typical Front of House duties include:

  • Welcoming the public and answering queries
  • Monitoring the films
  • Queue management
  • Preparing the cinema for next film
  • Supporting the host during Q&As (e.g. roving microphone)

Industry and Registration Desk Team

Industry Volunteers will welcome guests and delegates attending our Industry programme. GFF has industry events taking place throughout the festival, with the majority of activity concentrated during the second week (6-10 March).

Typical Industry duties include:

  • Welcoming delegates and answering queries
  • Staffing the registration desk and rush queues
  • Supporting the host during Q&As and panel discussions (e.g. roving microphone)
  • Scanning delegate passes for events
  • Recording audience numbers and feedback
  • Preparing rooms for events

Red Carpet and Pop-Up Events Team

For our gala screenings we like to roll out the red carpet to welcome our special guests, while our pop-up events have a habit of blowing audiences away!

Typical Red Carpet/Pop-Up Events duties include:

  • Setting up red carpet, barriers and related equipment
  • Stewarding and queue management
  • Event preparation and set up – furniture, set dressing, goody bags etc.
  • Audience interaction and engagement

Please note, these roles (especially Red Carpet) may involve periods of being outdoors. Waterproof hi-vis coats will be provided.

Marketing Team

Marketing Volunteers will help to look after branding, signage and public engagement across all our festival venues.

Typical Marketing duties include:

  • Moving branding and marketing items between partner venues
  • Updating branding and signage at venues
  • Preparing and distributing materials to relevant events (e.g. audience award surveys)
  • Providing occasional updates for social media

Press Team

Press Volunteers will help to facilitate all of our press engagements.

Typical Press duties include:

  • Greeting guests and press delegates
  • Acting as an information point for enquiries
  • Researching and collating press coverage
  • Assisting with photocalls, interview junkets, and networking events

Runner Team

Runner Volunteers will be the flexible team, on standby and ready to help whichever area may be short-handed. This role is an excellent opportunity to experience lots of different aspects of the festival, including behind the scenes activities.

Typical Runner duties may include:

  • Greeting guests at their hotel or airport
  • Covering for absences in other volunteer teams
  • Running errands between venues
  • Providing additional support for unexpectedly busy events
  • Administrative tasks such as photocopying, laminating etc.

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 6pm on Monday 17 January. Applications received after this date will not be considered. You will receive an email from us by 2 February advising the outcome of your application

Additional information can be found in the FAQs.

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

This information can also be downloaded in our GFF22 Volunteer Pack.

As per Scottish Government restrictions, seats available for all shows from 27 December to 23 January will be capped to meet the 1m social distancing requirement.

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