AFI FEST is looking for volunteers to assist in a variety of roles including theater operations, special events, video production, foreign language translation, guest services and more. Help us celebrate cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers at this year's festival, November 9–16. Our festival venues include the historic TCL Chinese Theatre – IMAX, the TCL Chinese 6-plex and Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland, Egyptian Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt.

Some of our volunteers have many years of specialized experience in professional fields relevant to the departments in which they serve. Others just want to see what it's like to be behind-the-scenes of the festival and what it's like to put a festival on — from beginning to end.

Here's a list of our volunteer teams:

    Open Teams
  • Box Office >>
  • Theater Team >>
  • Utility Team >>
  • Volunteer Headquarters >>
    Experienced Teams (requires a commitment of at least five shifts over four different days)
  • FEST Info >>
  • FEST Lounges (must be over 21 years old) >>
  • Filmmaker Lounge >>
  • Galas – Theater >>
  • Galas – Will Call >>
  • Media Center >>
  • Photography >>
  • Sponsorship >>
    Specialty Teams (each team requires previous experience in its respective field)
  • FEST AV Crew >>
  • AFI FEST NOW Bloggers >>
  • Galas/Special Screenings – Publicity>>
  • Social Media >>
    Out of Town Volunteers
  • AFI FEST does not provide travel and lodging expenses.
    Availability Notes
  • Those with greater weekday availability will be given priority over those with weekend only availability
  • Media Center and Filmmaker Lounge require daytime availability
  • Gala Teams require daily availability as early as 4:00 p.m.
  • Lounge Team requires evening and late night availability

2017 Volunteer Guidelines

All volunteers are responsible for knowing and following all of the guidelines in the 2017 Volunteer Guide.

The guidelines change from year to year, so please take a moment to read them thoroughly.

How Do I Volunteer?

RETURNING VOLUNTEERS — You will still need to register on Shiftboard. Please click the link below to submit your 2017 registration. Once we see that you've registered for this year, we will re-activate your account and all of your previous festival history will be just as you left it. You may then select your shifts and communicate with the AFI FEST Volunteer Department immediately. For those who are moving to a new team, please RSVP for Orientation.

NEW VOLUNTEERS — Please follow the link below to apply as a volunteer. Once you successfully complete your registration, Shiftboard will display a message thanking you for your submission and for your patience while we process your information. You will be notified via email if your registration has been accepted. The AFI FEST Volunteer Department will then assign you to a team based on your interests and experience, as well as your availability and the Festival's overall areas of need. You may then log onto Shiftboard, RSVP to either orientation and begin scheduling your shifts.

AFI FEST is partnered with shiftboard.com for our online registration and scheduling needs. Through Shiftboard you will be able to:

  • Enter or update your profile and contact information.
  • Tell us about your skills and strengths.
  • Request a volunteer team.
  • Schedule your shifts.
  • Record your volunteer hours.
  • Receive prompt updates and notices.

Volunteer Orientations

New volunteers and returning volunteers assigned to a new team are required to attend one of our mandatory volunteer orientations. Once approved, volunteers can view orientation dates, times and location, which are visible in the Shiftboard calendar; volunteers can make their selection according to availability. Please be sure to sign up for one of the two Mandatory Volunteer Orientations on the AFI campus either Saturday, October 21 from 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, October 24 from 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. At orientation, you will meet AFI FEST staff, learn more about your specific roles and meet fellow volunteers.

Volunteering at AFI FEST is an opportunity to put your talents to good use, learn new skills, make friends and take part in a truly collaborative project where every individual's best efforts make a real difference.

Please click here to fill out your volunteer registration application.


Please arrive early enough to find parking and check in to your shift on time. Be mindful of where and when you park as parking tickets will be your responsibility.

Hollywood & Highland Center Parking: Enter on Highland Avenue OR Orange Drive. You may purchase discounted parking vouchers from Volunteer HQ for $5 CASH. Please be sure to get your parking vouchers during Volunteer HQ hours – 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Looking forward to making AFI FEST 2017 another success. Thank you!


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