Festival Videographer (Volunteer)

Date Posted: Mar 15, 2019
Application Deadline: Mar 29, 2019
Start Date: Apr 25, 2019

Salary: Volunteer Position
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
Check Additional Info section for more Employee Benefits
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative
Job Type: Festival/event work
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is a not-for-profit organization and North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market.

Held in Toronto each spring, the Festival presents approximately 200 Canadian and international films to audiences exceeding 210,000. For documentary professionals, Hot Docs offers a dynamic slate of industry events and initiatives, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum and Hot Docs Deal Maker pitch meeting service, as well as a full roster of professional development opportunities and networking occasions. The 26th annual Hot Docs will take place April 25 - May 5, 2019.

Additionally, Hot Docs also operates the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a 650-seat, century-old screening venue in Toronto, and is the event organizer for the annual World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, an international, member-run industry event.

Job Description

The Festival Videographer volunteer will be working alongside the Video Production Coordinator to document special events and screenings during the 2018 Festival. This is a great opportunity for film to gain more experience and play a unique role in the Festival. Not only will volunteers gain more experience and make valuable connections on the team, they will also have access to select industry networking events during the Festival.

Professional gear will be provided.

We require a commitment of five full days (shift lengths and start times vary but are generally 4-5 hours), from April 25 – May 5, 2019. Preference will be given to those who are available for the FULL 11 shooting days of the Festival.


  • A solid understanding of how to operate DSLR cameras and lenses. Experience with the following is considered an asset: Canon 5D Mark ii, Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 5D Mark iv, Canon C100/300, and Sony EX3.
  • Experience with audio recording (e.g. Wireless lav, shotgun and Zoom H4N/H6N).
  • A positive, friendly and responsible attitude.
  • Careful attention to detail and 100% reliability is a must.
  • An interest in documentary film and getting involved with the second largest documentary Festival in the world!

Additional Info:

  • 2019 Hot Docs Festival Staff Pass (access to Festival events and screenings as well as special industry events, workshops and services).
  • Pair of Friends & Family Same-Day Passes which provide one film ticket per screening for any Hot Docs 2019 film (day-of only redemption at venue box office).
  • Hot Docs Silver Membership
  • Access to select industry networking events
  • Reference letter and post-secondary school hours (if applicable)

How to Apply:

Please forward a cover letter and resume to volunteers@hotdocs.ca by March 29. Interviews will be held shortly after.

No phone calls please.

Applicants with disabilities who are qualified and selected for an interview will be accommodated upon request.

Hot Docs wishes to thank all those who apply, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will
be contacted. Hot Docs is an equal-opportunity employer.