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Did you know that the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival has been a 501(c)(3) non-profit for 20 years? From the governing board, to the festival director, to the event staff, CRIFF is planned, organized and run by a completely volunteer group of film enthusiasts, filmmakers, students, concessions connoisseurs, and people who just enjoy being in the fun festival atmosphere!

Download a PDF flyerPeople like you - individuals who can bring their perspectives, energy and expertise - are critical in our mission to serve the filmmakers and audiences, and grow the organization. We're looking for volunteers and board members with a variety of skills and experiences, diverse backgrounds and fresh ideas.

Become a volunteer!

The work performed by our volunteers, both in the months prior to the event, and during the festival, include but are not limited to (in no particular order):

  • Sponsorships and fundraising
  • Event logistics and scheduling
  • Filmmaker communications
  • Program ad sales
  • Filmmaker/VIP hospitality
  • Merchandise coordination
  • Social media activities
  • Press/media appearances and coordination
  • Theatre host and Q&A moderator
  • Runner
  • Awards show coordination
  • Filmmaker check in and management
  • Decor and venue setup
  • "Paparazzi" and other photography
  • Behind the Scenes videography
  • Printing coordination
  • Projectionists

There are many perks that come with volunteering: soda and popcorn, a t-shirt with the films on the back, all the independent films you care to watch, and meeting up-and-coming filmmakers (many entrants have gone on to successful Hollywood careers). Maybe the biggest perk of all is, you'll have a great time, because we make it a priority for everyone - filmmakers, audience and staff - to have FUN. 

The time commitment is flexible (we all have "real" jobs), and the quality of time spent is infinitely more important than the quantity!

If volunteering at a film festival sounds like your kind of fun, contact Mandy at for more information!

Join the board!

We're also looking for some fresh perspectives for our board...people from all walks of life, and particularly those with expertise in non-profit managment, fundraising, event planning, community building, media relations or other skills. We have several initiatives we'd like to explore, and your experiences are keys to moving forward.

If you'd like to learn more about the board and how you can contribute to the future of the festival, contact Eric at


We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your gifts are tax-deductible. 

We hope to see you at CRIFF!


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