Festival 2013

Volunteer at the 2013 Ajyal Youth Film Festival!

Volunteer registrations for the 2013 Ajyal Youth Film Festival are now closed.

Volunteer to join it all!

DFI is calling all film enthusiasts to volunteer at the inaugural Ajyal Youth Film Festival, from 26 to 30 November 2013. This exciting opportunity will allow volunteers to gain industry experience, contribute to the success of the Festival and receive a participation certificate. Let us try and answer some of the questions you might have about this year’s Volunteer Programme:

What’s this all about?

Be prepared to experience Doha’s most thrilling event. This year Katara Cultural Village is the festival hub. Audiences will watch films, meet film makers from around the world and take part in family programmes.

You’ll meet new people. Fellow volunteers, DFI staff and festival guests will all be in town for this edition.

You will work with professionals who will share their film-industry experience and enthusiasm for the Doha Film Institute.

Above all you will be proud to be one of the amazing people who make the inaugural festival a big success.

What will I be a part of?

The Ajyal Youth Film Festival can’t happen without our dedicated and hard-working volunteers. Volunteering is often the first step for people pursuing or advancing a career in the film industry. These positions are unpaid but will provide priceless experience.

Each department working for the festival needs volunteers. Volunteers with different levels of skill and experience are invited to apply, from students to mid career professionals. You could be working with one or several departments before the festival starts and during the five-day event, depending on your availability.

Departments include, Communications, Digital, DFI Production, Event Production, Activations, Guest Relations, Guest Services, Hospitality, Industry Events, Marketing and Theatre Operations.

How exactly does this work, and when?

Volunteer training starts at the beginning of November.

You can work before the festival, during the festival, or both, according to your schedule and departmental needs. You will always be in contact with a Volunteer Coordinator regarding your shifts.

Volunteers who work only during the festival (26 to 30 November) must commit to working five shifts. Each shift ranges from three to six hours, or sometimes more, depending on the assignment. For every shift you complete, you receive one voucher to attend a screening or panel.

Volunteers are expected to dedicate themselves to their responsibilities and follow their Coordinator’s directions.

What do I get out of this?

  • Gain work experience among industry professionals.
  • Network and meet new film enthusiasts.
  • Earn vouchers for every shift you work to attend screenings and panels.
  • Get a gift bag and festival badge.
  • Attend the Volunteer Appreciation Party to celebrate your hard work.
  • Be awarded an official Certificate of Appreciation for your involvement.
  • Compete to be the Best Volunteer in your department and win a special prize and diploma.

Are there any age restrictions?

Yes. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

This all sounds great! How do I become a volunteer?

Register online beginning 8 October.

As soon as you have registered online, we will get back to you with important details about your upcoming experience.

I still have questions. Who should I talk to?

Feel free to email any other questions to volunteer@dohafilminstitute.com.