Thank you for your interest in volunteering. We are always looking for great volunteers! We welcome volunteers from diverse backgrounds, abilities and experiences.
Volunteers are the backbone of every part of Out On Screen. You make the Vancouver Queer Film Festival and Out in Schools possible. Thank you so much!
Volunteers are recognized with one film ticket for each five hours of logged volunteer time, up to a maximum of 15 tickets. Plus we host a wrap-party after the Festival each year.
Please visit our volunteer registration page to sign-up as a volunteer. We’ll then be in touch with volunteer opportunities as they arise. If you have any questions you can email us.
Take a look at our volunteer roles below and then complete the application form at the end.
You have your full licence and maybe even your own car or truck. You know the roads of the Vancouver area. Have briefly dreamt of being a pizza delivery person!
Occasionally we need help transporting goods or people, having your own vehicle is an added bonus, we will reimburse you for mileage.
You love to design and have a creative eye! You have experience with adobe products (ie. Photoshop, Illustrator), you may have some website skills, deadlines are your best friend!
Occasionally throughout the year Out On Screen needs help designing new things or updating documents already in use. You can use our office or your own!
You read Eats, Shoots and Leaves and have a strong opinion about it. When people don’t understand the difference between syntax and semantics you lose your mind. You know when to use a semi-colon and what irony really mean.
You police our style sheets and check our syntax, you don’t have to write or edit for content, most editing happens in May and June as we madly prepare our guide. You can either work from home or come to the office to read and write, there may be a few when you will be called-upon outside of the festival.
You have access to a vehicle and a clean driving record; you would be excited to chat with artists while on the road between airport, hotel and venues. Having Russian or Latvian language skills would be an asset.
Help us welcome visiting artists, and ensure they’re enjoying themselves, ensure that everyone has a fabulous time, and feels welcome at the Festival.
You are available during the day, you don’t find data entry a bore and you have good admin and computer experience or are looking to build on your skills in these areas. You are dedicated and skilled in the wizardry of office management. You get excited about stationery catalogues!!
Year-round, Out on Screen requires volunteers who are reliable and flexible for a variety of tasks ranging from data entry, stuffing envelopes, filing, and running the occasional errand (“We’re out of stamps!”). We always need a handful of volunteers who can commit to a few hours in the office each week. Between June and August our needs increase to a few volunteers per day.
Photographers must have their own photography equipment and a way to upload their photos. Videographers will use their own camera phone or digital recorder and post the films on YouTube.
Capture the magic of Out on Screen special events and share it with the world! This year, we’re inviting Videographers to display their video journalism skills by capturing our audience’s reactions to films.
You love the heat and the beach! You have no problem being in a crowd of thousands of people. You’re naturally outgoing, excited about the festival, talking to strangers is practically a hobby of yours! You’re creative, organized and experienced in Pride participation. You are proud to support the Queer Communities in BC!
Distribute guides at our booth, assist with ticket sales, or participate in the set up and strike of these areas. Encourage people to attend the festival and have a good understanding of the history of the festival and the program.
You love the Vancouver Film Festival and want to help select the program of films for that year. You enjoy watching Queer films and have no problem to give an honest critique. You secretly wish you could go back in time and have lunch with Siskel & Ebert.
Help program the annual festival and watch tons of screeners.
You are attached to your phone and social media! You love Out On Screen and want everyone in the world to have the same love for us! You have a large following and are good at promoting events! You love attention!
You will join in with the festival social media, as well as your own. You will spend a significant amount of time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest, and other social media sites.
You’re naturally outgoing, excited about the festival, and love meeting new people; talking to strangers is practically a hobby of yours! You’re not afraid to be loud, silly, and even a bit foolish in public. You are an extrovert through and through!
Out on Screen is going to be a visible part of events around the Metro Vancouver area to spread the word about our programs. These events include, but certainly are not limited to: Pride Weekend, Dyke March, Car Free Days, special screenings, co-presentations and more. During the festival you will be dropping-off flyers at clubs and other public locations, doing some street chalking, and other tasks to keep Out on Screen in the spotlight!
You want to increase accessibility of the Festival to more communities. Can you read and write in another language? Do you know ASL (American Sign Language)? Do you want to increase accessibility of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival to all communities in the Lower Mainland? Great! This summer having Russian or Latvian language skills would be an asset.
Provide translation during Q&A’s at screenings, interpret for filmmakers attending events or interviews.
Got other special skills? Email our Volunteer Coordinator.