3rd - 19th November 2023

Leeds International Film Festival 2023

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the 37th Leeds International Film Festival, 3rd to 19th November 2023. LIFF is one of the UK’s leading film festivals and volunteering with us is a unique and rewarding experience. 

We are looking for a dedicated and diverse group of people who are:

  • passionate about film, especially independent British and international filmmaking;
  • reliable and available across at least four different days during the LIFF 2023 dates;
  • enjoys being part of a team and collaborating with others;
  • driven to help make LIFF one of the best audience experiences in the UK.

The deadline to apply is 8pm on Thursday 28th September

You will hear back regarding your application from Monday 2nd October. 

If you have any queries, please get in touch via LeedsFilmVolunteers@leeds.gov.uk. For more information about LIFF please visit www.leedsfilm.com.

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Volunteer Roles at LIFF 2023

Venue Assistants These volunteers help to run individual festival screenings, leading on ushering and assisting Venue Coordinators with scanning tickets and reporting technical faults at screenings. A passion for film and excellent customer service skills are a must!

Festival Trainees* This role is for those who want more behind-the-scenes experience of LIFF and who might want to work in the film industry. There will be training sessions with the LIFF team ahead of the film festival to give more insight into areas like programming, production, partnership development, and marketing. During the film festival, trainees will be based with the LIFF team at Carriageworks and helping on a wide variety of tasks including:

  • assisting on administrative tasks such as data input and website content upload;
  • assisting with daily logistical tasks required for the operation of the festival;
  • assisting at guest and industry events, and helping with guest coordination;
  • helping to set up and take down LIFF infrastructure at venues.

*Please note spaces for Festival Trainees are limited and we recommend you also apply for the position of Venue Assistant. Shortlisted candidates for this role will have an informal interview. 

Volunteer Benefits

  • Being part of the incredible team at one of the UK's leading film festivals.
  • Gaining work experience and developing valuable skills.
  • A chance to see new films ahead of their release date.
  • Four free tickets plus access to selected films online on Leeds Film Player.
  • Experiencing a unique festival atmosphere and meeting others who love cinema.

Leeds Arts, Events & Venues promote the creation of asset based volunteer roles, and welcome individual input on tasks and responsibilities.

Which Volunteer Role do you wish to apply for? You can apply for more than one role. *

Please note: spaces for Festival Trainee are limited, we recommend you apply for Venue Assistant in addition to that role.

Leeds International Film Festival Guide can be found at: https://t.ly/q0Yk-


We are committed to ensuring our volunteer roles are accessible to a diverse range of individuals. Each application is treated fairly in accordance with our Equality & Diversity policy. 

Health and Safety

Leeds International Film Festival takes the safety of its attendees, volunteers and staff seriously. The below questions are to help us assess how best to keep you safe. 

In terms of your volunteer role we will be asking the following of you:

  • To wear face masks in your tasks if required and able to
  • To regularly wash or sanitise your hands 

Emergency Contacts


You must select at least four shifts on different days across the festival for your application to be considered. The more shifts you are willing to work, the better your chances of being selected. The times indicated here may vary slightly, but this will give us an indication of your relevant availability.

We may also need some volunteers to help with tasks before the festival, including our Programme Launch night on October 11th.

Festival Availability

Friday 3rd November

Saturday 4th November

Sunday 5th November

Monday 6th November

Tuesday 7th November

Wednesday 8th November

Thursday 9th November

Friday 10th November

Saturday 11th November

Sunday 12th November

Monday 13th November

Tuesday 14th November

Wednesday 15th November

Thursday 16th November

Friday 17th November

Saturday 18th November

Sunday 19th November

Volunteering Opportunities


To volunteer with LIFF 2023, we require you to email a head and shoulders image of yourself for accreditation purposes to LeedsFilmVolunteers@leeds.gov.uk. *

Thank you for expressing your interest in volunteering with Leeds International Film Festival. You will hear back regarding your application the week starting Monday 2nd October.

If you have any other questions about the event, anything changes to your application, or you can no longer volunteer with us, please email LeedsFilmVolunteers@leeds.gov.uk  and we will get back to you as soon as possible.