Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Sundance Institute. We rely on dedicated volunteers from around the world to generously devote their time and commitment to the Sundance Film Festival, our Summer Labs, and our year-round programs that support independent storytelling. 

Volunteer for the Sundance Film Festival

Volunteering for the Sundance Film Festival is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Every Festival, volunteers (most of whom return year after year) help create a global platform to celebrate independent film by collaborating with one another and supporting the mission behind what we do.

Want to join us? We’re looking for volunteers to assist with different aspects of the Festival, that will take place from January 18, 2024, to January 28, 2024

The real benefit of volunteering isn’t the perks or even the films—it’s being part of a passionate community dedicated to supporting independent art and providing positive experiences for all. Please review the following information before the application launches at the end of the summer. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact us at or (435) 776-7870.



We will be releasing the Festival Volunteer Catalog in the coming weeks. This Catalog outlines our different roles, teams, and opportunities available for the 2024 Sundance Film Festival. 

Please check back here for more details soon! 

Festival Volunteers will be asked to select a volunteer type and commitment level when applying:

  • Volunteer Type: In-Person 
  • Commitment Level: 
    • Full Time
      • Your Volunteer Coordinator will assign you a shift every day of the Festival
      • On average these roles have shifts every day from January 17 to January 29. Required training and shifts outside of this date range are role dependent and subject to change.
      • On average, 7-8 hour shifts each day 
      • Approximate 80 hour schedule across 11 days of the Festival
        • Hours may be less if volunteering in Salt Lake City.
    • Part Time Assigned
      • Your Volunteer Coordinator will assign you a shift for approximately 6 consecutive days of the Festival
        • On average, these roles fall between January 17 to January 25. Required training and shifts outside of this date range are role dependent and subject to change.
      • On average, 7-8 hour shifts each day assigned
      • Approximate 40-48 hour schedule across 6 consecutive days of the Festival
    • Part Time Sign Up
      • On designated “Sign Up Days”, you will log in and select shifts posted across all Festival days that are available within your role placement 
      • 24 hour minimum total in collective shift hours must be met
      • On average, 6-8 hour shifts

Applications to be a Festival Volunteer will open at the end of the summer. Please check back here for more information at that time or you can contact us at

NOTE: Priority for placement will be given to applicants that have already secured lodging.

Applicants will receive an automatic email response confirming we have received your application. Please note that applying to be a Festival Volunteer and receiving this automatic email response does not guarantee you will be offered placement. The Volunteer Resources Team will review applications on a rolling basis until each position has been filled. We place volunteers based on your answers to our required questions, experience, general availability, application submission date, and the needs of the Festival. If your skills, experience, and application answers align with any available positions, we will be in contact to place you in a role and move forward with next steps in regards to your schedule, trainings, and logistics. 

Unfortunately, we cannot accept every applicant to the Festival as we have limited roles available. With this understanding, you may not receive the role that you initially requested or we may not have a role that aligns with your expectations. We just ask that you be flexible and willing to support the Festival in any position that’s offered. If you are not selected for role placement, you can expect to receive an email in December from the Volunteer Resources Team notifying that your application will not move forward.

Please reach out to our team if you have any questions about the placement process or if you need to update or cancel your application. 

Applicants who have been selected and confirmed for a role will receive an onboarding email from a Volunteer Resources Coordinator. This email will include the Volunteer Agreement, Volunteer Expectations, Community Agreement, and the Position Description of the role you’ve been assigned. The paperwork included in this email should be completed as soon as possible as your official role placement is contingent upon signing and submitting. 

After you complete the onboarding paperwork, you can expect to be added to your team’s page on our volunteer management and scheduling website. This is how you will receive your schedule and information related to your volunteer experience. 

Please note that volunteering for the Sundance Film Festival does require attention to details, adherence to deadlines, and timely communication. Preparation and trainings may happen at any point after being placed in a role. If a volunteer chooses to accept a role, they should expect to set aside time to prepare for the Festival and meet deadlines as needed.

After all onboarding paperwork is completed, Volunteers can expect the following based on their commitment level :

Part Time Sign Up Volunteers will have a designated “Sign Up Day,” which is when shifts will become available to select. Typically in mid-December, these volunteers will log into their profiles and select shifts posted across all Festival days that are available and meet the required minimum hours within their role placement.

Full Time and Part Time Assigned Volunteers will receive their assigned schedules anytime between mid December through the beginning of January. (Depending on which team you’ve been assigned, some schedules may be delayed or updated as programming and operational needs of the Festival are finalized).

Additionally, required onsite or online training will also be provided for most Volunteer roles in the weeks and/or days leading up to the Festival. A welcome email from the team and training materials for review may also be sent ahead of time to ensure volunteers feel set up for success. At training, volunteers can expect to learn about the what, why, and how in relation to their role and additional expectations specific to their team.

Before the Festival, we will have several days for you to check-in, meet the team, and receive some of your Festival benefits.

After that, we encourage you to get out there and have fun! Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Festival and bring their energy, enthusiasm, and passion while helping thousands of film lovers and supporters of original storytelling. Between shifts, be sure to catch incredible films, make new friends, visit the Volunteer Hub, and take in the Festival atmosphere. We will be sharing regular updates throughout the Festival so that you can make the most of your time volunteering and walk away with some incredible memories and connections!

2024 Sundance Film Festival Volunteer Application Coming Soon

Volunteer with the Sundance Institute

We look for volunteers throughout the year to help our programs run smoothly—like our artist labs in the summer, which help independent directors, screenwriters, producers, composers, theater makers, and virtual reality and new media creators bring their stories to life. 

At this time, all of our Volunteer Applications for the Labs are now closed. We encourage you to check throughout the summer for updates about the 2024 Sundance Film Festival and other ways to get involved. 


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Contact Us

If you have questions that are not addressed above, please email us at or call the Volunteer Resources Team at (435) 776-7870 Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MT.