How to Volunteer
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the 2018 OIAF!
Feel free to check out our newly updated Volunteer Handbook for more information about what you can expect helping the OIAF and see what you can apply for in our Volunteer Positions Guide.

How to Volunteer:
1.If you haven't already done so, register an account at the top of the page. You will receive a confirmation e-mail. Click on the link in the email (this step is important!) and it will take you back to the website.

2. Log into your account, and click on "Volunteer Status".  Fill out the volunteer form.  You will receive an email confirming that you have registered as a volunteer.  Within a few weeks you will receive either an e-mail or telephone call to register you on specific shifts. 

Why Volunteer?
Want a fun way to get involved with the festival?  Maybe you'd like to increase your volunteer hours so that you can finish up a school credit?  Or maybe you've heard (correctly) that if you work two full shifts (approximately 8 hours) for the OIAF, you get access to the screenings and talks at this year's Festival?  Perhaps you just know that you're going to be bored in September?  Well, look no further than the OIAF to solve all your problems.  Just don't wait too long to sign up, or else you'll miss out.  

This Festival is one of a kind, attracting movie buffs, art lovers, filmmakers, and cartoon fans from around the world, bringing them together in one place, for one special event, once a year.  An event of this scale would not be possible without the enthusiasm, commitment, and hard work of the volunteers who faithfully support the Festival every year. 


Why you should volunteer for the Animation Festival! 

  • Get a volunteer pass to attend screenings & workshops 
  • Learn about the world of animation film 
  • Make new friends 
  • Take a step out of day-to-day life 
  • Experience the joy of giving 
  • Have a lot of fun 
  • Learn & develop new skills 
  • Use existing skills in new and exciting ways

Volunteer Leadership Roles

For those looking to take on more substantial volunteer roles at the Festival, we are now recruiting for several key leadership positions.  These positions are best suited for repeat volunteers, people with expertise in certain fields, or those who want to gain experience and beef up their resumes.  Volunteer Leaders must have more time and flexibility than regular volunteers, as these positions span several days/hours.  Being friendly, confident, mature, and reliable is a must!

Feel free to take a look at the Leadership Positions available below, and if you are interested in applying, please send your resume and position(s) of choice to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it as soon as possible!

The Festival receives a large number of international guests at the beginning of Festival week, and we need your help greeting them as they arrive in Ottawa. You will be in charge of a team of greeters, who will welcome guests and escort them to our Festival Drivers, so they can be shuttled to their destination.
Location: Ottawa International Airport 
Days/Hours: Mon Sept 24 to Wed Sept 26, hours will vary
Requirements: Friendly, personable, welcoming, able to delegate
Responsibilities: Retreive the day's flight schedule and signage for each guest from Guest Services. Assign team to locations (you work in a team of three; one in domestic arrivals, one in international arrivals, and one at our Kiosk), oversee and ensure that guests and luggage get to the drivers in a timely manner. Anticipate flight delays and plan accordingly. Maintain constant communication with Guest Services Coordinator.

Chez Ani Café is set up in the Arts Court Building and will be open for the duration of the Festival, serving coffee, snacks, and alcoholic beverages.
Days/Hours: Wed Sept 26 to Sun Sept 30, 8:00am to 9:30pm (you will not be scheduled for the entirety of these hours, but your shifts will be within these hours)
Requirements: SmartServe, experience with serving/bartending, personable, energetic, able to multi-task, able to delegate
Responsibilities: run the cafe - train volunteer bartenders/baristas, keep cafe organized, handle cash and debit transactions, provide excellent customer service

A casual affair held at the Arts Court, giving Festival attendees a chance to have one last hurrah!
Day/Hours: Sun Sept 30, 7:00pm to 12:00am
Requirements: SmartServe, own transportation home
Responsibilities: train volunteers, oversee and delegate tasks to volunteers, handle cash and debit transactions, act as bartender

To stay informed of volunteer opportunities, be sure to register with our website to receive the OIAF e-mail newsletter!  If you do not have an account, click on 'Register' at the top of the page to create one.

“I loved the volunteer experience I had during the festival. I met lots of interesting people and got lots of inspiration, thanks for an amazing experience. I'm looking forward for next year already.” - Franky

TAC (The Animation Conference) is held at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, brings together key players in North American and international markets, and provides a forum for active networking, practical information exchange, and trade in a comfortable and intimate environment. If you want to produce animation and meet people in the industry, this is the position for you!
Days/Hours: Tues Sept 25 to Fri Sept 28, 7:30am to 5:30pm
Requirements: Professional demeanour, casual business attire, able to work independently, leader, excellent at multi-tasking
Responsibilities: Assist Festival staff with pre-event logistics and move-in, supervise volunteers, delegate tasks, assist with registration, make sure everything is running smoothly, assist wherever necessary, help with move-out at the end of the conference

Virtual Reality Stations will be open throughout the Festival at the Arts Court Building, giving Festival-goers the unique opportunity to try out state-of-the-art technology.
Days/Hours: Thurs Sept 27 to Sun Sept 30, 10am to 9pm (you will not be scheduled for the entirety of these hours, but your shifts will be within these hours)
Requirements: familiarity with VR systems, technical experience/able to troubleshoot, personable
Responsibilities: train volunteers to use and troubleshoot VR equipment, oversee all volunteers and locations, ensure everything runs smoothly, assist guests as needed

The Animators’ Picnic is a festival favourite with big industry names in attendance.  Guests at this Passholders-only event enjoy a complimentary lunch and a pumpkin carving contest.
Day/Hours: Fri Sept 28, 8:30am to 5:00pm
Requirements: SmartServe, experience overseeing a team, responsible, First Aid/CPR an asset
Responsibilities: Assist with event coordination, train and oversee volunteers, delegate tasks, oversee break schedule and ensure that volunteers actually take a break, resolve issues as needed

Professional Development Day (PDD) is a full-day event, hosting a number of talks and screenings on various topics pertaining to animation, and is an opportunity for those looking to break into the industry, as well as fans, to get to look behind the scenes of the industry.
Location: National Arts Centre
Day/Hours: Sat Sept 29, 8:30am to 6:30pm
Requirements: responsible, personable
Responsibilities: Assist Festival staff with event logistics, train volunteers, oversee and delegate tasks to volunteers, interact with and assist guests
The OIAF wouldn’t be the same without its dedicated team of volunteers.  Work directly with the Volunteer Coordinator on-site and in the OIAF Office! 
Days/Hours: Early September to early October, shifts to be determined
Requirements: Willingness to learn, personable, able to delegate, flexibility, willing to do a variety of tasks, and lots of availability during Festival Week (Sept 24 - 30) is a huge asset!
Responsibilities: Help coordinate volunteer shift schedule, assist with volunteer orientation, oversee volunteers, delegate tasks, prepare volunteers passes, answer phone calls/emails, be willing to complete the plethora of unforseen tasks that will come up during Festival Week!

Parties and special events are a huge part of OIAF. Work directly with the Special Events Coordinator in the office and on-site at some amazing parties!
Days/Hours: Late August/early September to early October, shifts to be determined
Requirements: Willingness to run around and do what needs to be done, flexibility, available most nights during Festival Week (Sept 26 to 30), have own transportation, SmartServe is an asset
Responsibilities: Assist with logistics and collection of supplies, prepare and post signage for each event, maintain constant communication with other teams to ensure successful execution of events, be on location for most parties to ensure that everything runs smoothly (and to troubleshoot as needed), handle a variety of other tasks that will pop up when least expected!

Night Owl is a late-night party filled with music, gaming, animation, drawing, and drinks, and is a chance for festival attendees to let loose after a busy few days.  This year we are taking over the Arts Court!
Day/Hours: Sat Sept 29, 6:00pm to 3:00am
Requirements: own transportation home, SmartServe, able to work in a fast-paced and highly stimulating/energetic environment, able to multi-task
Responsibilities: Assist with event coordination, oversee and delegate tasks to volunteers, assist guests as needed, handle any issues that arise, ensure volunteers have a break

High School Animation Ambassador!
OIAF is offering the unique opportunity to high school students of becoming your school's representative for the 2018 Ottawa International Animation Festival.  Our Animation Ambassador! will help to get other students in their school involved in volunteering.  You can help build the excitement leading up to the event by helping us promote it at your high school.

The Animation Ambassador! will receive a FREE PASS to all OIAF events!  This allows you to take in all of the great screenings and programs throughout the entire event.  You also get the opportunity to beef up your resume and be part of one of Ottawa's largest festivals!  Pretty awesome, eh?

If you think you would make a great Animation Ambassador!, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  describing why you would like to be selected.