Start your volunteer journey at this year's Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) and Independent Directions Film Festival (INDIs).

Leeds International Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in England outside of London and this year runs from 6th to 21st November. A qualifying film festival for the Academy Awards and BAFTAs, LIFF presents over 300 screenings and events at new and historic venues including Vue Leeds at The Light, Everyman Leeds, Hyde Park Picture House and Leeds Town Hall.

Independent Directions Film Festival (INDIs) returns across various independent venues in Leeds from 10th to 13th October. INDIs includes specialist screenings of films, including independent British and International cinema, industry sessions, panel discussions and other events entirely curated for an audience of 16-30 year olds.

Our volunteers are vital to the success of the film festivals every year and there are opportunities to assist in a variety of roles:

  • Venue Assistants These volunteers help to run individual festival screenings, leading on ushering and assisting our Venue Coordinators. A passion for cinema and excellent customer service skills are a must.
  • Runners These volunteers take on a wide variety of tasks to help the smooth running and operation of the film festival. An ability to think on your feet and boundless energy are required.
  • Drivers We have a limited number of Driver volunteer positions available to take our guests to and from venues, hotels and airports. You must be over 25 with a full driving license to apply for this position.

To apply for any of the roles of Venue Assistant, Runner and / or Driver download the application form here.

To be considered for INDIs volunteer opportunities as a Venue Assistant, Runner or Driver you need to apply by 8pm on Wednesday 25th September and for LIFF by 8pm on Sunday 6th October.


We are also looking for specialist Volunteers to join our Digital Team. These roles are available for those with experience in photography, videography and social media. The opportunities within this department are as follows:

  • Film Crews We are looking for production teams or individuals who can film festival events. The raw footage will then be passed onto our festival’s editing team. It’s a great way to meet the filmmakers, see the big events of the festival and to get your work seen by a mass audience.
  • Photographers As a festival photographer you will cover a range of screenings, Q&As and events. You will create a selection of photographs to be used in social media, publications and promotions for the festival.
  • Social Media Volunteers Our audiences like to be able to see what’s going on at all festival events in real-time. We are looking for volunteers who are comfortable at using both Instagram and Twitter, who are able to take photos of the action, and produce snappy copy to describe what is going on, working with our Marketing Team to share it online.

To apply for any of the Digital Volunteer Roles download the application here

Deadline to apply as a Digital Volunteer is 8pm on Wednesday 25th September for the INDIs, and 6pm on Monday 14th October for Leeds International Film Festival. You can use this application form to apply for both festivals.


The benefits for our film festival volunteers include:

  • Experiencing a unique film festival atmosphere and meeting like-minded cinema lovers;
  • having the chance to see some of the most talked-about new films ahead of their UK release;
  • 5 free tickets plus access to all the films and events you are working on;
  • a free film festival t-shirt;
  • an invite to the LIFF Closing Party - especially to say thank you!

How to apply

You can download the application form for either of the roles above and use the form to apply for both festivals.

If you have applied for the role of Venue Assistant, Runner, or Driver you hear back regarding your application if you are selected for INDIs by the end of Friday 27th September and for LIFF by Tuesday 8th October.

If you have applied for one of the Digital Volunteer Roles you hear back regarding your application if you are selected for INDIs by the end of September and for LIFF by Wednesday 16th October.

If you have any queries about volunteering please email

Take a look at the highlights video for LIFF 2018 to see some of the activities our volunteers support