MIFF Volunteers

2021 MIFF volunteer applications are now open

Are you passionate about film and enjoy a fast-paced festival environment? If so, we want you!

Each year MIFF engages an exceptional team of volunteers to help deliver the MIFF experience to our passionate audience. Primary activities include cinema ushering, queue management, ticket scanning and providing customer service to MIFF attendees.

For a detailed explanation of the role, please read the position description.

If you are interested in working in the film or events industries, it’s also a fantastic way to be a part of a world-renowned festival, and a great way to get a foot in the door. Many people who previously or currently work with MIFF started out as volunteers!

Application procedure

Please complete the Volunteer Application Form by clicking ‘Apply Now’ below. This form is for all applicants, including those who have volunteered at MIFF before.

To be eligible to apply as a volunteer, you must:

  • be aged 18 years or over
  • be available across 5–15 August (MIFF 2021 in-cinema dates) and on Saturday 31 July for training
  • complete the free Victorian Government COVID – Return to Work: Hospitality training module (details below)
  • read the MIFF Volunteer Terms of Engagement and accept these terms before submitting the online form
  • read the Volunteer FAQs for more information about the application process and what is involved in volunteering at MIFF

Applications close at 11.59pm on Sunday 27 June 2021. If you have any questions about the application process or have any issues completing the application form, please contact volunteers@miff.com.au.

Apply now


COVID – Return to Work: Hospitality module

Offered by the Victorian Government free of charge, the COVID – Return to Work: Hospitality training module takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. You must upload the certificate confirming you have completed this module in order to submit the Volunteer Application Form.

If you have already completed this module for another workplace at another time, you do not need to complete it again – simply upload your existing certificate.

Commitment to inclusivity

MIFF is committed to an inclusive volunteer team and welcomes applications from everyone. We especially encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, culturally diverse people as well as those living with disability. If you require any more information about the specific tasks required as a volunteer, have any further questions or require any assistance with the application process, please contact volunteers@miff.com.au.

Testimonials from past MIFF volunteers

“You always learn a new skill of some sort, or hone an existing skill that can be used in the workforce or life in general.”

“Helped to improve communication skills. Particularly the skill of being friendly yet authoritative.”

“Definitely sharpened up my customer-service skills.”

“This was a great festival! Would be very happy to do it again.”

“MIFF certainly makes vollies feel appreciated – so thank you!”

“Please let me volunteer again for next year!!”

“As it was my first time volunteering at MIFF, I found everything to be really well organised. From initial interviews, to daily bulletins, free passes and positive feedback from other vollies, etc., all went really well.”

“Volunteering gives me the opportunity to build skills in managing crowds professionally but in a fairly safe environment. Also, I get the opportunity to see what takes place in putting together an event like this.”