Mpumalanga International Film Festival

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Lay a helping hand

Volunteer with MIFF and learn more

TIFF Volunteers are a major driving force behind our mission to transform the way we see the world through film. Volunteers support a broad range of initiatives, including our annual Festival in September, year-round screenings, outreach initiatives, Member events, and much more.

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Become A Volunteer

Step into the MIFF Experience

Elevate your connection with MIFF by becoming a vital part of our Volunteer community. MIFF Volunteers hold the transformative power to reshape our global perspective through the magic of cinema. As we gear up for an extraordinary cinematic journey in 2023, we’re thrilled to announce that Volunteer opportunities are now open!

Join Us in Crafting MIFF 2023

MIFF Volunteers serve as the heartbeat behind our endeavor to redefine the world through the lens of film. With your support, we foster a wide spectrum of initiatives, ranging from our signature September Festival to year-round screenings, community engagements, Member-exclusive affairs, and much more.

Embrace the MIFF Volunteer Spirit

  • Amplify our Impact
  • Celebrate Cinematic Artistry
  • Build Lasting Connections

Experience MIFF from the Inside Out

Our doors are open for passionate individuals who:

  • Thrive in public interactions
  • Embrace flexibility and adaptability
  • Exude confident communication skills
  • Commit to a minimum of four shifts (averaging 4-6 hours per shift) during the Festival
  • Possess a strong grasp of English (multilingualism is a bonus)

Embrace the privilege of being a MIFF Volunteer, unlocking access to remarkable perks such as exclusive film viewings, special discounts, an iconic MIFF Volunteer t-shirt, opportunities to forge new friendships, and the immense satisfaction of contributing to the magic of MIFF.

Stay Tuned for MIFF 2023 Volunteer Alerts

While the 2023 MIFF Volunteer Application Form is available, send your application now. To ensure you don’t miss any updates on future volunteer opportunities, subscribe to our MIFF Volunteer Alerts below.

Your journey into the heart of MIFF awaits. Seize this chance to create, connect, and immerse yourself in the enchantment of cinema!

Learn more about the MIFF Volunteer Recruitment Process


Youth Engage Program

Attention high school students aged 14 to 18! Introducing our dynamic Youth Engage Program, specially designed for young film enthusiasts who are eager to dive into the world of cinema and community service. Embark on a captivating journey with us throughout the year, commencing with the MIFF Next Wave Film Festival in the Spring. This extraordinary experience empowers Youth Volunteers to cultivate customer service skills, explore photography, delve into social media outreach, and much more.

Unlock Your Potential

  • Immerse in Cinematic Adventures
  • Develop Valuable Skills
  • Make Lasting Connections

Join the MIFF Youth Engage Program

Are you ready to ignite your passion for film and volunteerism? We invite you to be a part of our Youth Engage Program, a platform where dreams take flight and skills flourish. Be the first to know when our online application is live by reaching out to us at

Recruitment for this remarkable journey typically commences in March. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of something extraordinary!

Cultivate Your COCinema Commitment

Your dedication as a Volunteer doesn’t end with the festival’s final curtain call. At MIFF, we embrace a Culture of Cinema (COCinema) that thrives all year round. As a Festival Volunteer, your journey continues, offering you the exclusive chance to participate in engaging year-round Volunteer opportunities at MIFF Bell Lightbox.

Extend Your Impact

  • Elevate the Culture of Cinema
  • Embrace Year-Round Engagement
  • Shape Cinematic Experiences

Seamless Transition to Year-Round Engagement

Embrace the privilege of extending your involvement beyond the festival. Festival Volunteers who complete their commitments have the unique opportunity to be a part of our year-round Volunteer force. Unlock the potential to contribute to our programming, exhibitions, and events throughout the year.

Ongoing Opportunities Await

Eligible Volunteers will receive notifications about year-round opportunities as they unfold, typically between October and June. Please bear in mind that while we eagerly anticipate openings, the number of opportunities may be limited, and availability cannot be guaranteed.

Year-round Volunteers make a meaningful impact through a diverse array of roles. Examples of past and ongoing opportunities include:

  • Enriching Q&A sessions and special events
  • Enhancing the Film Reference Library by updating catalogue records
  • Providing guest support at captivating special exhibits
  • Guiding engaging tours and talks at COCinema (including facilitating discussions for Silver Screenings)

Your journey with MIFF extends well beyond the Festival, and your commitment helps shape the vibrant Culture of Cinema that we celebrate year-round. Embrace the chance to continue creating cinematic magic and deepening your connection with the world of film.

Embark on a Cinematic Voyage with MIFF

In the heart of Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, a cinematic spectacle is set to unfold, and the true stars of this mesmerizing event are none other than our dedicated MIFF Festival Volunteers. From October 7th to 15th, 2023, the Mpumalanga International Film Festival (MIFF) will grace the stage, showcasing the finest in both local and international cinema. This year, an exceptional opportunity arises as we temporarily shift our intake to August and September. Typically, our doors swing open for aspiring Volunteers during June and July each year.

Why Volunteer with MIFF?

MIFF is more than just a festival; it’s a celebration of culture, art, and community. By joining our Festival Volunteer Programme, you become an essential thread in the tapestry of cinematic magic. Your contribution echoes through the halls of the festival, impacting audiences from Mpumalanga and beyond, while adding a vibrant touch to the cultural landscape of the province.

Your Path to MIFF Volunteerism

  1. Apply with Passion:

When the time comes, complete our online application form, showcasing your unique skills, experiences, and availability. Keep an eye on our updates or subscribe to MIFF Volunteer Alerts for the latest information.

  1. Invitation to Engage:

Within four weeks of your application submission, you’ll receive an email response. Successful applicants will be invited to the next phase of our recruitment process, propelling you closer to your MIFF journey.

  1. Orientation and Aspirations:

July heralds the moment to participate in a crucial orientation session. Here, you’ll be equipped with vital insights and be able to express your preferences for Volunteer assignments.

  1. Discover Your Role:

In mid-August, having completed orientation and registration, you’ll receive your Volunteer assignments, tailored to your preferences, experience, and availability.

  1. Tailor Your Schedule:

At a designated time, usually in late summer, access our online Volunteer database and choose shifts that align with your schedule and passion. Your commitment comprises a minimum of four shifts.

  1. Training for Excellence:

Prepare for your role through onsite or online training in the lead-up to the festival. Engage with our staff, gain insights, and be ready to shine.

  1. Embrace the Festival:

Unleash your energy and enthusiasm during the Festival! As a Festival Volunteer, you’re the heartbeat of the event, guiding film enthusiasts and contributing to the vibrant atmosphere.

Your MIFF Impact Unveiled

As a MIFF Festival Volunteer, you’ll immerse yourself in diverse roles, including:

  • Theatre Venues Support: Enrich the festival experience by managing lineups, scanning tickets, and ushering attendees to their cinematic delights.
  • Industry Support: Be a beacon of guidance for delegates, sharing information about industry programming and aiding in operational tasks.
  • Administrative Support: Assist the MIFF team with administrative tasks, ensuring the festival’s seamless operation.
  • ACE (Assist, Connect, Engage): Rise to the occasion, providing swift support to venues or departments in need.

By volunteering, you contribute not only to MIFF’s success but also to the cultural fabric of Mpumalanga Province. Your dedication illuminates the world of cinema, fostering connections, and leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of film enthusiasts.

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to be a part of the MIFF magic. Join us in crafting cinematic memories that resonate far beyond the silver screen.

Learn more about MIFF Volunteer Opportunities


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