DIFF 2020

2020 Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival Volunteer Application Form

The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival relies on the dedication and generosity of volunteers supporting our event. We are grateful for the tremendous support of our many volunteers every year, who are vital in assisting the running of the festival. This is your chance to get involved with Ireland’s premier film event.

This application form helps us to know you better. Please ensure to read the ‘Guide & Notes for Applicants’ before completing this form. This will help you to understand the roles and the departments you might be involved with. You must be 18 years or older to volunteer. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 29th January.

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(B) Previous Work Experience & Skill Sets

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(C) Volunteer Work - Pre-Festival

(D) Volunteer Work - During the Festival

(If you are happy to work in more than one area, please select the areas in order of preference, starting with your favourite area. Please refer to the ‘Guide for Applicants’ below before you make your selection)

While the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival will make every attempt to match volunteers with their favoured departments, we cannot guarantee that requests will be honoured.

Runners should have a good geographical knowledge of Dublin and be available during the daytime. This may also involve a lot of waiting around.

(E) Availability

(Full time means a minimum of 1 shift per day for each day of the festival period)

The 18th Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is seeking a minimum commitment of 5 volunteering shifts.

Please complete the following availability table, indicating days you are available: (Please note: the following times are guidelines only)

09:30 - 14:00
13:30 - 18:00
17:30 - 22:00
18:00 - 23:00
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Guide for Applicants

The following is a brief guide to the principal areas of volunteer operation. By reading this you can make a more informed choice of which area you would prefer to volunteer in and consequently increase your enjoyment of the Festival and the benefits of your volunteering experience.

Please pay particular attention to the ‘Notes for Applicants’ section below.

Venues

Volunteering in one of our venues puts you very much at the forefront of the Festival experience. Our venues traditionally included The Lighthouse Cinema (Smithfield), Cineworld cinema (Parnell St), the Irish Film Institute (Eustace St), Odeon (Point Square) and The Pavilion (Dun Laoghaire). The cinemas are the hub of Festival activity and host the majority of the Festival screening schedule. As many of our volunteers are film aficionados themselves, you get the opportunity to participate in and contribute to the dynamic atmosphere of an international film festival.

Volunteering activities in our venues include; ticket scanning, ushering, Audience Award voting, roving mic, box office (ticket collections), and general venue operations (crowd liaising & information point of contact). Through a co-ordination of these elements our venue staff ensure the smooth running of the Festival schedule.

As a rule, volunteering in our venues is split into afternoon and evening periods.

Hospitality

In the main, Hospitality Volunteers would be primarily required to work in the evening and late at night, but may involve early morning airport meet & greets. Additional assistance will be required within the Hospitality department working alongside side our Hospitality Manager. This is a guest liaison role.

Working in close association with our Hospitality team, duties may include the scheduling and compilation of guest packs, biographies and daily itineraries for our national and international guests. Being a Hospitality Volunteer is a great way to experience the buzz of the Festival.

Office Administration & Production

In these areas volunteers have the opportunity to participate in the daily workings of a major film festival and will get a taste of a range of departments: administration, production, volunteers coordination and box office.

Ideal for those seeking experience in arts management; Volunteers will be based in our Festival and Production offices in Dublin city centre. These positions do fill up quickly.

Administration volunteering periods are either in the morning or afternoon.

Marketing Volunteers

In an Arts organisation everybody works in marketing, at least to some extent!

Vital to the festival's success, volunteers may join the marketing team as advocates of the festival, participating in market research and conducting surveys to find out more how our audience perceives the event and the festival as a whole.

Working closely with the Festival Marketing Team, this is an opportunity to help spread the word about the festival to as many people as possible, maintaining quality and consistency of message across all channels.

Notes for Applicants

If you have any questions about the application or volunteering at the Festival, feel free to get in touch with us at volunteers@diff.ie or call our office at 01 662 4260.

The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival operates an inclusive volunteer programme which welcomes volunteers of all ages, ethnicities and volunteers with disabilities. The festival relies on people with a wide variety of skills - if you have a physical disability, or other access requirements, we will we will do our best to accommodate the needs of all successful applicants.

All initial correspondence with volunteers is done via e-mail. Please ensure volunteers@diff.ie is added to your email contacts folder so our correspondence does not get quarantined as spam.

It is a policy of the festival that each applicant is available for a minimum of five volunteering periods.

Daily volunteering periods can be described generally as follows:
Morning 10.00 – 14.30
Afternoon 14.00 – 18.30
Evening 17:00 – 21:30
Late Evening 18.30 – 23.00
However venues shifts must accommodate the screening schedule so they may differ from above times.

All applicants must complete the ‘Availability Table’ in Section E. Should your availability change following your initial application, please do not hesitate to e-mail the Volunteers Department with revisions.

It is a strict policy of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival not to share any information contained on the Volunteer Application Forms with any third parties.

Please be aware that the Festival cannot provide any living, travel or accommodation expenses to volunteers. Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is a not-for-profit organisation, and our budgets are extremely limited.

Submission of this application form is not a guarantee of receiving a volunteer placement. Historically, due to the overwhelming responses to our volunteer calls, it may be unavoidable that some applicants do not receive a volunteer placement. This should not in any way dissuade you from completing the volunteer application form, as we will do our utmost to ensure that each applicant receives a placement.