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The Movies that Matter Festival is looking for volunteers

Every year, approximately 100 enthusiastic volunteers sign up to support the Movies that Matter team. Our volunteers are indispensable for the organisation of the festival, with about 17.000 visitors and dozens of guests from abroad. This year we are once again looking for people who can help us before, during and after the festival.

The 2021 edition of the festival

2020 was a special year, the festival was cancelled a few days before the opening night due to the Covid-19 virus. In 2021, the festival will also be different than previous years. We are planning a hybrid festival from 16 – 25 April with online screenings and – as far as possible – offline screenings in Pathé Buitenhof in The Hague. We are looking for volunteers for the offline screenings as well as for the online version of the festival.

Depending on the possibilities in April, we will be able to upscale the offline screenings or be forced to cancel those screenings. We will have to be flexible in allocating volunteers as we don’t yet know all RIVM measures in place at the time of the festival. We ask for your understanding in advance.

What do we ask of you?

We are looking for enthusiastic, proactive people who are happy to roll up their sleeves. Affinity with film and festivals as well as experience with volunteering is a plus. You are the face of the festival and often the first point of contact for our visitors. It is important that you are representative, hospitable and service-oriented.

When you sign up, we ask you to work at least four shifts. The shifts will start in Amsterdam during the festival preparations at the Movies that Matter office from Monday 5 April – Wednesday 14 April. But mostly we need volunteers in The Hague before and during the festival from Wednesday 14 April – Sunday 25 April.

Above all, it is of course especially important to us that you enjoy your work. We have various volunteer positions from which you can choose which one suits you best so that you can make the festival a success together with the Movies that Matter team.

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What can we offer you?

As a volunteer you are closely involved in the organisation and you gain insight into the ins and outs of this unique and special festival. Under normal circumstances, as a volunteer you are welcome to watch as many films as possible. Due to the limited capacity as a result of the Covid-19 virus, we unfortunately cannot make that possible this year. What we can promise is that as a volunteer you can attend a few online screenings for free, more information will follow.

You will also receive a Movies that Matter T-shirt and your travel costs up to a maximum of € 15,- per shift will be reimbursed. Travel costs are only reimbursed when they are claimed with an NS ticket or OV-chipkaart overview. You are responsible for any accommodation during the festival. Of course, we will provide food and drinks.

Please note: due to the Corona virus, we want to limit travelling as much as possible. That is why we will try to assign only volunteers from Amsterdam to the festival preparations tasks at the office. During the festival, we would like to work as much as possible with volunteers who live in or around The Hague.

Save the date

We are organising a meeting for all volunteers on Tuesday 6 April, please make sure to be present then. During the meeting you will receive your timetable, a lot of information about the festival and you will meet the MtMF21 team as well as your fellow volunteers. Especially when you come to help for the first time, we expect you to be there. We will inform you about the time and location as soon as possible, but the planning of this meeting also depends on the RIVM measures applicable at that time.

Also make sure to put Monday 5 April in your agenda, as we invite you for a volunteer-only online screening. Again, we will announce the time and details as soon as possible.

Sign up

Are you enthusiastic and do you want to be part of this unique festival? Then sign up now by filling in the registration form! Make sure you have a photo of yourself ready. After registering, you will hear as soon as possible whether we can assign you to a role during the festival. 

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