Downtown DocFest Needs You!

Volunteers are crucial to the smooth operation of Belleville Downtown DocFest International Documentary Film Festival. If you’d like to get involved, please complete the form below to send your application.

Please see the Volunteer FAQ’s below to learn more about volunteer expectations and benefits.

Belleville Downtown DocFest Volunteer Application
Your work schedule will be confirmed at the volunteer training session in February. Check all that apply. Thanks!
What makes you a great volunteer? Please describe any relevant volunteer experience. Have you volunteered for Downtown DocFest before and if so, how many years have you volunteered?
Attendance at a volunteer training session is mandatory for new and returning volunteers. Training will ensure that you know about any changes that have been made, what shifts you will be working and will give you an opportunity to ask questions and enjoy great pizza! The date and location will be sent to you in the new year.

If you have any questions please contact the volunteer coordinator:


Volunteer FAQs

What do you do as a volunteer?

A festival volunteer is responsible for taking one five-hour shift during the festival weekend. Weekend volunteers are generally responsible for setting up chairs before the festival, taking tickets, audience counts, ushering, pre-film announcements, program distribution and patron assistance.

What do volunteers get in return?

Downtown DocFest offers volunteers the opportunity to:

  • contribute their skills and gain valuable experience and knowledge through participation in the film festival
  • be a part of Belleville’s vibrant arts and cultural community
  • work in a high-energy environment featuring documentary filmmakers and industry professionals

In appreciation of their time and dedication volunteers receive:

  • volunteer training
  • an official green Belleville Downtown DocFest t-shirt
  • a complimentary coffee and muffin on the day of your shift
  • an invitation to attend theLoyalist College FTVP student short film competition at Loyalist’s Alumni Hall followed by the Local Filmmakers’ Reception

What else do volunteers receive?

First Time Volunteers and Second Year Returning Volunteers Receive

Three RUSH tickets to films of their choice (excluding the Friday Night Opening Gala).

Third Year Returning Volunteers Receive

A Festival Pass to all films (excluding the Friday Night Opening Gala) in appreciation of their continued dedication to DocFest.

Who makes a great DocFest volunteer?

Someone who is:

  • volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years old
  • friendly, interested in what’s going on, and sensitive to the needs of others
  • a dependable and responsible team player who works well under pressure
  • of course, a film lover