Kingston Canadian Film Festival | Get Involved
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Get Involved


For 16 years KCFF has been dedicated to exhibiting Canadian films and is deeply committed to ensuring its continued development and growth. We believe that Canadian film needs to be seen by Canadian audiences, not just in the larger cities but in smaller communities. KCFF has always been a non-profit organization, but is now a registered charity.


We’ve always been incredibly grateful for the generosity of our audiences, patrons, and sponsors and are thrilled to be able to now issue tax-deductible charitable receipts for donations to the festival.


As a donor you support our festival programming, including our feature film and shorts screenings, plus our ‘Local Shorts’ and brand new ‘Youth Shorts’ programs. KCFF fosters the development of professional and amateur artists of all ages and backgrounds. Our showcase opportunities assist emerging filmmakers as they launch into professional careers representing Canada on international circuits. Donations allow us to continue to develop our festival workshops, career and networking events, Q+As and signature events for festival audiences to deepen their understanding and increase their appreciation of Canadian cinema. Our outreach programs provide film workshops and education to underserved communities around the area.

  • Donate to KCFF

    • Simply head over to our CanadaHelps page to donate with your debit or credit card
    • CanadaHelps is totally secure and will issue your tax-receipt on the spot
    • Have a question? Give us a shout and we’ll walk you through it


A partnership with the KCFF is a wonderful marketing opportunity that contributes to enriching Kingston, providing educational opportunities, promoting tourism, and encouraging professional networking and career development.


KCFF offers a number of creative marketing opportunities, but works with each sponsor individually to customize a package to meet specific objectives.  The majority of our sponsors return each season reporting a positive experience and return on investment.


For sponsorship inquiries, contact: or 613-777-0161 x1.


Looking for a great way to connect with our community, meet some new people and catch a great Canadian flick?


As an integral part of the festival, our volunteers are truly engaged in our mandate and believe in what we do and their contribution to KCFF is invaluable to our success year after year.  Often the first point-of-contact with our audiences KCFF volunteers represent the festival and our city and welcome audiences and guests to our venues.  Volunteers contribute in many capacities throughout the busy festival season including hospitality, screenings, receptions, guest relations, workshops, technical assistance, and more.


As our way of saying thanks festival volunteers enjoy: invitations to parties and receptions; access to the films; free admission into the KCFF Oscar party; discounted festival passes.

Interested in volunteering?



KCFF offers a number of internship opportunities each season.  Running from October to mid-March, the internships offer the opportunity to meet people in the film industry, learn about festival administration and gain valuable work experience.


KCFF interns are key members of our staff and have the opportunity to manage projects and interact with industry professionals.  The internship is fast-paced and challenging, but also really fun. Past interns have gone on to attain employment with: the Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, CBC, Movieola, and lots more.


Queen’s students may be eligible for a FILM 390 credit or paid work study position! Email us for more info


  • Administrative Interns

    Tasks include event planning, programming, graphic design, press and public relations, venue managing and managing volunteers. We’re looking for a quick learner with great organizational skills, ease with computers, confidence and the ability to problem solve and deal with the public…..and a love for Canadian film, of course.

  • Hospitality Interns

    Tasks include organizing festival receptions, parties, fundraisers and the guest hospitality suite.  Hospitality Interns communicate regularly with our industry guests and festival sponsors and must be friendly, outgoing, organized, and confident. We’re looking for someone with great people skills and a love of film.  Smart Serve and a driver’s licence is an asset.

  • Production Interns

    Tasks include developing sponsor clips, interviews, previews, and other digital content leading up to the festival.  We’re looking for someone with production experience, their own equipment (or regular access to equipment), a creative eye for film, and the ability to work independently and in a group setting.  A driver’s licence and car is an asset.

  • Sponsorship/Marketing Interns

    Tasks include fundraising, meeting new sponsors, assisting with promotion, and helping with sponsor activations during the festival.  We’re looking for applicants who are creative, personable, confident, outgoing, reliable, business-minded, and organized.


Application process


  • prepare a cover letter

    And explain why you would be the perfect KCFF intern.

  • prepare an up-to-date resume

    And outline your experience, education, and other skills.

  • Submit via email

    Just be sure it’s before our deadline: September 25, 2016 by 5pm.  


  • Q: How many hours does a volunteer work?

    A: Volunteer hours vary, but count on two evening orientation meetings in the month before the festival. During the festival, your hours will vary, but expect to be on the ground for 4 – 6 hours a day.

  • Q: Do I have to be a film student to apply for an internship?

    A: Queen’s University Film and Media students may apply for a 3rd year film credit for their internship, but being a student at Queen’s is not a requirement of the internship. We are happy to consider applicants from any background, but a knowledge of film and the film industry is an asset.

  • Q: Do I need to know a lot about film to be a volunteer?

    A: Knowledge and enthusiasm for film is a welcome asset in our volunteers but it is not needed. Many volunteer jobs at the festival require only a friendly, outgoing attitude.

  • Q: Can I submit a film if I’m an intern or volunteer?

    A: Your film submission is welcome even if you are a volunteer or intern with the festival. Just don’t count on special consideration. All submissions are treated equally and reviewed only for quality and fit with the festival’s mandate and programming vision.

If you have other questions in regards to volunteer or internship opportunities, please email