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Volunteer at Abu Dhabi Film Festival!

Get involved with the Abu Dhabi Film Festival! Join our team of dynamic volunteers to help bring 10 incredible days of film, cultural discovery, education and talent to Abu Dhabi.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to gain experience with a large-scale international event, see movies and meet new people. Volunteers get a first-hand behind the scenes look at what it takes to put on a festival. We are looking for enthusiastic team players to get involved.


All volunteers will receive the following in exchange for their time:

  • Screenings vouchers which can be used for free movie tickets
  • An official 2014 ADFF T-shirt
  • A Festival badge with your name
  • A special Participation Certificate (when minimum attendance requirements are met)

What we are looking for

Strong English speaking skills are required, although those who speak other languages, particularly Arabic, are also very much needed. Other requirements include:

  • Volunteers must be 18 years or older as of October 23, 2014
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 3 shifts
  • Reliable and supportive team players
  • Must attend a mandatory orientation. Details will be provided after signing up.

Internship Opportunities

Selected Festival departments require supplemental assistance prior to the Festival. Skill set and availability requirements vary depending on department needs. Applicants such as university students, recent graduates and professionals with flexible schedules are encouraged to apply. 

TO APPLY: Send a current CV and details on your availability between now and the Festival to with “Internship Opportunities” in the subject line. 

Contact us at if you have any questions. Volunteers are vital to the successful operation of the Festival. We couldn’t do it without you, so thanks for signing up!

How do I sign up to volunteer?

You can sign up to volunteer online (closer to the festival). All volunteers must complete an online application.

Can my friend/sister/neighbour volunteer as well?

Absolutely, we would be happy to have them join us. However every volunteer needs to fill out their own application.

What happens after I fill out the application?

Someone from our team will be in touch. Please be patient as it takes time to read through all of the applications so you might not hear from us straight away.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

All volunteers must be 18 years or older on the first day of the Festival, October 23, 2014. There are no exceptions to this, and all volunteers will be required to show ID.

Will I be required to attend any training?

YES. All volunteers are required to attend a mandatory orientation session. Dates and times will be provided after you have signed up online.

What benefits do I get for volunteering?

Every volunteer will receive one (1) screening voucher per shift. This voucher is not a movie ticket, but is like a gift card and can be exchanged for a free ticket at the Box Office.
Volunteers will also be provided with an Official 2014 ADFF Volunteer T-shirt, which is to be worn on duty but can be kept as a souvenir at the end. You will also receive an official Festival badge.
All volunteers who complete a minimum of three (3) shifts will be eligible to receive a participation certificate after the Festival.

Can I give my voucher to a friend?

Absolutely. You are welcome to give your voucher to someone else if you are not planning to use it yourself. They will simply have to take it to the Box Office to exchange it for a ticket.

How long are shifts and when will I be scheduled to work?

All shifts are a maximum of 6 hours, but there will be down time to take a short break within this. You will be able to select your own shifts online shortly before the Festival, meaning you can choose whichever available shifts you want. You can sign up for as many shifts as you like!

What should I wear on my shift?

We ask that you either wear national dress or pants with your volunteer T-shirt. Jeans are acceptable but we ask that you don’t wear any clothing with holes in it.

My favourite actor is attending the Festival, can I take a photo of/with them?

We understand that it’s exciting to see some of the Festival attendees, but all volunteers must act like a professional at all times. While you are working your shift, wearing your volunteer T-shirt or badge, you are seen as a representative of the Festival, and taking photos or asking for autographs is not permitted.

If I need to make a phone call, can I do this during my shift?

We ask that you don’t use your phone while you are on duty. However, if you need to make an important phone call, let a Volunteer Captain or staff member know, and they will work with you to find an appropriate time to take a break.

Can I attend any parties during the Festival?

All parties are private and admission is by invitation only.

A movie I want to see is playing during my shift, can I watch it?

While you are on duty we will need you to be available to help out. If there is a movie you want to see, plan ahead and choose shifts outside of that time. You will get a voucher for every shift you work, so there are plenty of opportunities to see movies during the Festival.

What do I do if I get hungry while I’m on duty?

All volunteers at the Emirates Palace will have access to free sandwiches. If you are working at VOX, then you will receive a voucher which has a monetary value at the food court. If you need to take a break to grab food, just be sure to let your Volunteer Captain or a staff member know.

I signed up for a shift but now I can’t make it. What should I do?

When you sign up for a shift, we expect you to be there, so we ask that you only cancel if there is an absolute emergency. We truly rely on our volunteers to run the Festival, so it is important that you show up. However, if you have an emergency, you can email us at or call the number on the back of your Festival badge to let us know. We ask that in these instances you give us as much advance notice as possible so that we can try to replace you.

What is a Volunteer Captain, and how can I become one?

Volunteer Captains are volunteers who want to get more involved and take more responsibility with the Festival. They assist staff with signing in volunteers, assigning them to duties and signing them out at the end of a shift. Volunteer Captains must have some experience managing a group of people, either big or small. If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Captain, email us at with “Volunteer Captain” in the subject line and a description of your management experience and availability during the Festival.

How can I become an intern?

Interns work with some of our staff in the lead up to and during the Festival in a hands-on role. If you are interested in finding out more about our available internships, email us at with “Internships” in the subject line and a copy of your CV as well as a description of your availability between now and the end of the Festival (November 1) .

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