How to Volunteer
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the 2018 OIAF!

Sadly our volunteer form is currently closed, but it will be opened again sometime in July!   
Feel free to check out last year's 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.  Please note that as this information is from last year, it is subject to change.

How to Volunteer (wait until July 2018!):
1.If you haven't already done so, register an account at the top of the page.  You will receive a confirmation e-mail; just click on the link (this step is important!) and it will take you back to the website.

2. Log into your account, and scroll down to complete the volunteer form (remember, it will be open in July).  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 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 do span several days.  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 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! 
Responsibilities will include overseeing volunteers, assisting with the volunteer orientation, delegating tasks, and helping to coordinate the volunteer shift schedule.  You will also be answering phone calls and e-mails and helping prepare volunteer passes.  

TAC (The Animation Conference) 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.  TAC hosts various talks and workshops and runs out of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.  If you want to produce animation and meet people in the industry, this is the position for you!
Your responsibilities will include assisting Festival staff with pre-event logistics as well as supervising and delegating tasks to a group of volunteers.  You will help make sure everything is running smoothly, whether it be checking passes, supervising the doors, helping with registration, etc.  Casual business attire is a MUST.  TAC runs Wednesday September 26 to Friday September 28, from 8:00am to 5:30pm. 

Chez Ani Café is set up in the Arts Court Building and will be open for the duration of the Festival from 9:00am until 11:00pm daily, serving coffee, snacks, and alcoholic beverages.  The Chez Ani Team Leader will be responsible for running the café - training the volunteer bartenders/baristas, keeping the café organized, handling cash and debit transactions, etc. Smart Serve Certification is a must! 

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.
The Animators’ Picnic Team Leader will be taking on tasks such as assisting with event coordination, prepping volunteers, and delegating tasks.

Professional Development Day is a full day event which takes place at (Location TBD).  PDD hosts 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.
As the PDD Team Leader you will assist Festival staff with event logistics as well as train, oversee, and delegate tasks to a group of volunteers.  You will also be interacting with the festival attendees; greeting, answering questions, etc.

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.  
Your responsibilities will include assisting with event coordination, volunteer management, answering questions, etc!  The Night Owl Team Leader must really be a night owl, and have their own arrangements to get home after the event as Festival staff and volunteers will be on site until past 2:00am.

Train and lead a team of volunteers, handle cash and debit transactions, and serve beverages (Smart Serve required) at OIAF’s official Closing Night Party, a casual affair for festival attendees to have one last hurrah!

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.  The Virtual Reality Team Leader will be responsible for moving between these stations to ensure everything is running smoothly.  Train volunteers to use and troubleshoot the equipment, and assist guests with this popular activity. 

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
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.


Application Process
How do I apply to be a volunteer?
What are the basic requirements to be a volunteer?
I’ve submitted my application – what happens next?
What does a leadership volunteer position entail?
Are there any age restrictions on volunteering?
I live outside Canada and would like to volunteer. What are my options?
I’d like to volunteer with friends, can we be scheduled together?
Do I have to attend a training session?
Are the sites wheelchair-accessible?
Do I need special skills or experience to volunteer?

Volunteer Hours & Benefits
What can I see and do with the volunteer pass?
When can I pick up my volunteer pass?
What is the time commitment required of volunteers?
I am an animation student/professional; will I be able to network as a volunteer?

Once the Festival Starts
When and where does the festival take place?
How early do I need to be there?
What should I wear when I am volunteering?
My shift goes until 2AM, will you help me get home?
What if my availability changes?
Where can I put my belongings while I work?

Contact & Further Questions
I have more questions, how do I get in touch?