How to 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 workshops 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. 

Click here to view the 2015 Volunteer Handbook (PDF, 3MB)

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. 

“The Festival is always a fun and exciting time, in addition to being a great window for otherwise hidden gems in art.” - Dominique 

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 

How to Volunteer:

1.If you haven't already done so, register an account at the top of the www.animationfestival.ca website. You will receive a confirmation e-mail, just click on the link and it will take you back to the website.

2. Log into your account, and scroll down to complete 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.


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 ‘no account yet? register' 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 2015 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.

If you think you would make a great Animation Ambassador!, please send an email describing why you would like to be selected. Emails should be sent no later than August 30, 2015 to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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?