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Volunteers have been integral to the success of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) since the inaugural edition in 2004. Over 8000 volunteers have given their time and energy as DIFF prepares for its upcoming 14th edition which takes place from 6th to 13th December, 2017. The role of DIFF volunteers has never been more important.

Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) now presents the opportunity for film enthusiasts to work as unpaid volunteers to be a part of the action. We need a stellar team of volunteers to make the Festival an outstanding experience that exceeds expectations for all of our guests.

If you have an interest in film, love meeting new people and want to support film in the UAE we need you! Volunteer positions are available in all capacities from administration, box office, ushers, red carpet and events management, to marketing and media activities. From students through to film fans the opportunities are open to all applicants over the age of 15 that are outgoing, hardworking and team players.

Just register and apply online here, wait for confirmation to attend to one of the Volunteer briefing Sessions being held in November.


Selected applicants will have the opportunity to work as part of the dedicated, fun team that has been annually creating our highly successful and continually growing film festival. Volunteers who complete their obligation to DIFF are entitled to:
  • DIFF screenings voucher for every shift completed. This voucher can be redeemed for a ticket at DIFF Box office for DIFF Films only. It can be given to family and friends as well.
  • Access to DIFF screenings once their shift is over.
  • A wonderful networking opportunity to meet new people and make friends with other film-lovers.
  • The opportunity to enjoy a fun and rewarding cultural event.
  • A Certificate of Appreciation signed by the Festival Chairman.
  • A food voucher for each completed shift during the festival.
  • DIFF offers on-site training by staff members, some of whom started off as volunteers.
  • An opportunity to be nominated for Excellent Volunteer Award.
  • An invitation to the ‘Volunteers Party’ at the end of the Festival.
  • Letter of recommendation for good volunteers.


DIFF is also offering full-time Internship positions leading up to the Festival for recent graduates or professionals looking to build their experience in the media industry. For more information on internship or fulltime volunteer positions, please contact Volunteers


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Dubai International Film Festival. DIFF appreciates the considerable contributions made by our volunteers and we look forward to welcoming returning volunteers and new ones to ensure that this year’s DIFF is an even bigger success than the last one. For more information please contact Volunteers.

DIFF 2016 Volunteer Registrations are now closed!

Thank you for applying online. Due to great volume of Volunteer registrations, we have now closed all positions and registrations for this year. We thank you for all your enthusiasm and encouragement.

For updates please keep checking this section ‘Volunteer Dashboard’ and your registered email address at all times.