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Volunteer applications are now closed

Nature films, music and art are taking over Savonlinna 17th-20th of August 2023. The festival is organized with the help of 30 volunteers. Even though we are not currently looking for volunteers you can prepare for next year if you'd like to be part of the festivals.


We expect you to be an adult, cooperative and committed. Festival work is variable, and the situations can change quickly. Flexibility is something we highly appreciate.

Check the vast variation of our volunteer positions below.

Festival volunteer’s benefits are noteworthy

Staff food is being served at the festival centre on a ship. We serve breakfast and a warm meal to our staff. We also have snacks available throughout the day.

Accommodation for non-residents in Savonlinna.

Staff pass takes you to all our events that are not sold out and if your shifts allow it.

Festival clubs are free of entry to everyone holding a staff pass.

Work experience: Working at festivals increases competence in many work areas.

Employment Certificate: We will write you an employment certificate if needed.

Afterparty On the Sunday after the festival we will have a party. We offer food and drinks to all our volunteers!


Work mates: Savonlinna International Film Festival volunteers truly are the best people! Our festival could not have had grown so much for the past 10 years without all the people who have donated their time and knowledge to us.


Frequently asked questions

Working hours and shifts

The shifts will vary depending on the assignment. Work hours are approximately 6-8 h per day. Work rosters will be released by the start of August.


Team leader will hold an orientation when the work rosters have been confirmed.

When will we contact you?

Application period ends 30th of June. We will notify the selected volunteers in two weeks after application period ends. You will get the work roster closer to the festival week.

Towards a sustainable festival

Savonlinna International Film Festivals core values are in protecting nature and appreciating our environment. We aim towards an ecological festival by making sustainable decisions in our festival production. In this shared goal we take along our volunteers, the community, and our partners.

Volunteer work tasks

Ticket sale

Festival ticket sale takes place where the movies are being screened. Part of our tickets are only sold at the venues just before the show. Ticket sale centre is in the harbour, where the sellers move to the venues to sell tickets. SINFF ticket sellers know how to inform our customers about the program and will help them with all their questions. Ticket sellers also guide our visitors to the venues and give advice about the movies.

Engineering team

Engineering team builds and takes down the facilities. They will solve problems about the venues and equipment. The team will also be present in the theatres to make sure that the equipment is running smoothly, and the pictures are moving. You do not need any previous experience. We will acquaint you to the position.


We need an effective team to build and take down our decorations around the festival area, venues and other show sites.  If you are not afraid of hights and can solve decorating problems, this position is for you!


Driver’s licence, fast legs and quick reactivity, problem solving skills, happy and flexible attitude. Runner does an important job behind the scenes running errands.   



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