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Translation and Interpreting Volunteers

We’re seeking volunteers to help with a range of translation and interpreting activities to support our renowned international programme and visiting guests from around the world.

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

Typically 2-4 days plus Festival induction/training.

Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema and takes great pride in bringing audiences and filmmakers together. Last year we screened films from countries all over the world, and invited hundreds of guests to Edinburgh to participate in our programme, introduce films and take part in events.

To support this activity we’re seeking volunteers to help with a range of translation and interpreting activities:

  • Filmmakers are often invited to introduce their films and to participate in Q&A-sessions with the audience after the screening. Interpreters would need to be on stage in front of an audience and confident in interpreting discussions consecutively, dealing with topics such as filmmaking techniques and story-content, effectively communicating a wide range of ideas.
  • Premiering foreign language films can involve adding live subtitles (soft-titling) so we need people who can follow a film and ensure the English subtitles are changing in sync with the on-screen action. Usually we will be provided with the English subtitles but occasionally we need help to prepare these too.
  • Our hospitality for guests can include arranging travel, accommodation, inviting them to events and dinners, organising interviews with press and helping them to move between venues. We have Guest Services and Press teams who put all this in place but seek volunteer interpreters to assist with accompanying guests who require translation support, and ensure they can get the most from the services the Festival has to offer.

Guests are usually in town for two to four days. Some will only need assistance with public appearances, whilst others value support with translation and interpreting throughout their visit.
We will know what languages we need support with once our programme is confirmed and we have determined the individual needs of our guests.

In the past we have particularly needed support with Spanish, Portuguese, Farsi, Taiwanese, Korean and Japanese but we are interested to hear from people with any foreign or signed language, combined with skills and experience in translation and/or interpreting.

A good working knowledge of the film industry infrastructure, of Edinburgh and of EIFF is helpful. A passion for film is a must.

Please see the EIFF Recruitment Policy in the introduction section for further information on EIFF Volunteers.


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