PLACEMENTS (All teams)

Placements are mentored learning opportunities, providing valuable work experience within a specific team at the Festival. If you are interested in experiencing the planning stages as well as the event itself these may interest you.

Normally lasting up to 3 months, and allowing for flexible working, they are designed to provide a clear understanding of a team’s contribution to the Festival, and an engaging and valuable learning experience. Within the context of an agreed learning plan, EIFF also aims to ensure individuals gain an understanding of the wider planning and organisation that goes into delivering a major international festival and the role that other teams play.

Applicants do not need to have prior experience for the roles, however successful candidates will be looking for opportunities to develop new skills and gain experience with a view to pursuing a relevant career.

All individual placements have a mentor who will: clarify and agree on learning objectives and learning outcomes at the start of the placement; organise training and support throughout the role; and review progress throughout the placement and on completion of the role.

The rewards of a Placement Post also include:

- The chance to see EIFF films and attend EIFF events.

- Access to EIFF's Delegate Centre with cafe/bar and videotheque, and a wide range of Industry Events.

- A working environment with lots of colleagues who are passionate about film.

- Including your time with EIFF on your CV.

- Staff and volunteers are listed by name in the Official EIFF Catalogue in recognition of their dedication and service.

-Invitation to the wrap party for all our staff.


EIFF will provide a written reference for individuals who have successfully completed their placement.

EIFF Placements are unpaid. Most placements are full-time roles, approximately 35 hours per week; however, EIFF will always consider flexible working arrangements. Some placement positions can be organised to suit students who require a work placement as part of their course.

Development Placement

This position is being shortlisted or has been filled, and is therefore not open for applications.

Late April to early July. 1 full-time post. Flexible working will be considered.

The Development Placement assists with the activities of the Development Team including liaison with a range of corporate and cultural supporters and sponsors of the Festival, and assisting in the delivery of high profile large scale events.

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Festival Office Placements (2 posts)

This position is being shortlisted or has been filled, and is therefore not open for applications.

2 staggered posts between mid March and end July. Mostly part-time. Flexible working considered.

Part of the Operations Team, Festival Office Placements support the activities of all Festival Departments ensuring they have the information and resources needed to prepare for and deliver a successful Festival. 

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Functions Placement

This position is being shortlisted or has been filled, and is therefore not open for applications.

Late April to early July. 1 full-time post. Flexible working will be considered.

Based in the Development team, the Functions Placement assists the Functions Manager with the organisation and delivery of Film Festival functions, primarily the Opening Night Party, the EIFF Industry Party/Ceilidh, the Closing Night Party.

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Guest Services Placement

This position is being shortlisted or has been filled, and is therefore not open for applications.

Late April to early July. 1 full-time post. Flexible working will be considered.

In this role you will learn about the Festival's hospitality arrangements for invited filmmaker and industry guests.

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Marketing Placement

This position is being shortlisted or has been filled, and is therefore not open for applications.

Late March to early July. 1 full-time post. Flexible working will be considered.

A Placement assisting the Marketing Department to develop, deliver and analyse creative marketing campaigns.

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Press Placements with Organic (2 posts, London based but in Edinburgh during June Festival period)

This position is being shortlisted or has been filled, and is therefore not open for applications.

Start April to early July. 2 full-time posts. Flexible working will be considered.

A mentored learning opportunity providing valuable working experience, you will assist within the EIFF Press Office run by Organic. You will be based in London in the lead-up to EIFF, and in Edinburgh from mid to end of June.

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Registrations Placements (2 posts)

Early May to end June. 2 full-time posts (part-time start). Flexible working will be considered.

Based in the Festival's Industry team, you will assist the Registration Coodinator with all Press and Industry accreditations.

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Youth Events Placement

This position is being shortlisted or has been filled, and is therefore not open for applications.

Mid April to early July. 1 full time post. Flexible working will be considered.

Based in the Learning Team, the Youth Events Placement supports the year-round team in all aspects of preparing for, promoting and delivering EIFF’s Education and Learning Programme.

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