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Richmond – Richmond International Film Festival – Volunteering Information


RIFF postponed its original 2020 festival dates (April 23-28) amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. We have redirected our efforts as a result leading to added innovations via a new virtual festival platform that will allow patrons, filmmakers, musicians, and partners across the globe to experience the festival in a socially distanced setting according to the safety guidelines in place.

This year’s festival will be a hybrid festival model to include select physical socially distanced events as well as more than 70 virtual film, music and event offerings.

Here at RIFF we pride ourselves on creating a close-knit environment for our volunteers. Each year we receive a batch of enthusiastic newcomers, and we are also lucky to welcome back many returning volunteers, who bring with them a wealth of experience and a knowledge and love for what the Festival is all about!Volunteering has many benefits. As well as being a fantastic way to meet like-minded people, and experience the celebration of film and music that RIFF brings to Richmond each year, it’s a wonderful opportunity to gain first-hand experience of how an event of this scale is managed and organised. The connections formed between volunteers (both on the job and afterwards) last far beyond each festival year.

Some of the opportunities to volunteer at our physical events this year are film screenings @ the historic Byrd Theatre, Friday night Double Feature with the Squirrels @ the Diamond Baseball Stadium, and an all-day music event @ Tang & Biscuit in Scott’s Addition.


The health and public safety of guests as well as employees are of primary importance to RIFF and the partners, sponsors, and venues working with the 2020 festival. Together, we will be closely following CDC guidelines in accordance with state and local regulations for Phase 3, and enforcing these strategies to maintain healthy environments for the event. To accomplish this, we are following guidance and recommendations from the City of Richmond Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and enforcing these as standard protocol.

As each of us continues to monitor current events, we may increase certain protocol as needed, with additional layers of caution and mindfulness, to provide peace of mind to our guests and team members.