Festival Recruitment



General recruitment for EIFF will open at the start of 2016.

Please note that we do not advertise deadlines for applications. As a guide, we begin shortlisting paid and placement positions from when we open recruitment, and volunteer positions from late March. 

EIFF is an equal opportunities employer and welcome’s applications from all ethnic groups, sexual orientations and genders. Please see the Equal Opportunities section of our Recruitment Policy for more information. 

EIFF Recruitment Policy – Temporary Paid Staff, Internships and Volunteers


Born alongside Edinburgh's International Festival in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is the world’s longest continually running film festival. EIFF provides a showcase for outstanding new films; a meeting place for those who are interested in making, distributing, exhibiting, watching, and discussing films; educational opportunities for those who wish to deepen their involvement with cinema; a foundation for an informed and sophisticated appreciation of cinema among a non-specialist public; and a platform for collaboration among local, UK, and international film communities.

EIFF doesn't happen by magic. We rely on the energy, enthusiasm and commitment of approximately 70 temporary paid roles, 12 interns and 130 volunteer positions each year.

EIFF is an equal opportunities employer and welcome’s applications from all ethnic groups. Please see the Equal Opportunities section of our Recruitment Policy for more information.

EIFF Temporary Paid Staff

People applying for these roles will ideally have existing demonstrable work experience that is directly relevant to each individual role.

All staff responsible for any of the following functions are paid:
• managing a venue, budget, individual or team;
• deciding how guest and customer service is delivered;
• operating machinery or equipment without supervision;
• negotiating contracts;
• driving a Festival car.

Salaries are compliant with the National Living Wage rate for all EIFF staff. There are no overtime payments.

EIFF Internships

EIFF Internships are supported by Creative Scotland.

Internships are mentored, learning opportunities, providing valuable work experience within a specific team at the Festival. Interns are paid a National Living Wage. 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 applicants must be 18 years old and over. Successful candidates will be looking for opportunities to develop new skills and gain experience with a view to pursuing a relevant career.

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

EIFF will provide a written reference for individuals who have successfully completed their internship.
Most internship are full-time roles, approximately 35 hours per week; however, EIFF will always consider flexible working arrangements. Some internship positions can be organised to suit students who require a work placement as part of their University course.


EIFF Volunteers

Volunteers carry out specific roles across the Festival. Most volunteer posts are one to two weeks long, some lasting up to four weeks. There are roles suited to all levels of experience, providing opportunities to gain new skills and experience, or to use existing skills to support EIFF and help contribute to the Festival’s success. Working hours differ from team to team – some have clear daytime shifts, others are more programme/events based – providing a range of opportunities to suit different circumstances and interests.

All volunteers have a line manager who is responsible for any relevant training, supervision and support during the role. On-site training is also given to venue and technical teams.


Benefits for all Temporary Paid Staff, Interns and Volunteers

• The chance to see EIFF films and attend EIFF events.
• Access to EIFF's Delegate Centre with a wide range of Industry Events and networking opportunities.
• Access to the Videotheque.
• 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.


Application, Selection and Induction Process

• All applications must be made through the online application process from January each year. We will NOT accept any applications by post or email. A number of positions are filled by returning staff and therefore not all roles are advertised.

• All applications will be considered and a shortlist will be drawn up for suitable applicants to be interviewed. Whilst we don't advertise deadlines for applications, we will shortlist roles in order of start date so if you are applying for a longer term position please submit your application as early as possible. We receive a lot of applications each year for the full range of positions available at the Festival; if you haven't heard from us 3 weeks before the advertised start of the role you're applying for, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful at this time.

• The interview will focus largely on an individual’s motivation and aspirations; whilst our priority is to fill each position with the best person for that role, we want the role to be right for the individual as well.

• All temporary paid staff, volunteers and interns are required to attend a training and induction day prior to the Festival. Other relevant training and induction will be provided as required.

• Every effort has been made to ensure the role descriptions reflect EIFF's current needs for each position. Small details may be updated and candidates will be made aware of any changes as required.

• Proof of right to work in the UK will be sought at interview. This applies to individuals in paid, volunteer and internship posts.

• Most posts at EIFF are only suitable for 18 year olds and over, unless otherwise stated.

• All postholders will receive written confirmation of the terms of their role, which they are required to sign and return before their role begins.

• All temporary paid staff, volunteers and interns are required to complete feedback forms after the Festival. This enables us to continually review our processes and make sure that future temporary paid staff, volunteers and interns receive the best possible experience of working with EIFF.


EIFF Equal Opportunities

EIFF is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Centre for the Moving Image, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. Whilst the following Equal Opportunities Policy Statement relates to employees of the Centre for the Moving Image, it will be applied to the recruitment and selection of interns and volunteers for EIFF.

Policy Statement

CMI is an equal opportunities employer, and as such aims to treat all employees, consultants and applicants fairly.

It is our policy to provide employment equality to all, irrespective of:
• Gender, including gender reassignment
• Marital or civil partnership status
• Having or not having dependants
• Religion or belief
• Race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins)
• Disability
• Sexual orientation
• Age

EIFF encourages diversity and applications from Black, Asian and Minority ethnic groups, all sexual orientations and genders.

We are opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. All job applicants and employees who work for us will be treated fairly and will not be unfairly discriminated against on any of the above grounds. Decisions about recruitment and selection, promotion, training or any other benefit will be made objectively and without unlawful discrimination. This policy is written in consideration of the Equality Act 2010.


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