DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival is looking for volunteers to join in making the 2023 festival happen! You can access the volunteer application through this link. Please make sure to fill in all the information carefully so we can find a suitable volunteer task for you. The festival takes place from January 31 to February 5, 2023. We also offer chances to volunteer before and after the festival.


As a volunteer at DocPoint, you get to enjoy some amazing volunteer benefits. Every volunteer is required to complete four 5–7 hour shifts, depending on the tasks. For four volunteer shifts, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Staff pass – With a Staff pass, you can attend festival screenings free of charge, as long as the screening isn’t sold out
  • Festival shirt and tote bag
  • Food and/or beverage vouchers depending on the length of the shifts
  • Invitation to the festival afterparty
  • Volunteer certificate

We will notify all applicants of the offered volunteer task via email. We will also organize general volunteer info around mid-January. Every team will be given a briefing on their tasks either before the festival or at the beginning of the first shift.

All information regarding volunteering at DocPoint will be shared via email, so make sure to check your email frequently!


We offer various volunteer tasks from ticket sales and cinema staff to photography. You can sign up for a task that best suits your interests!

Info – DocPoint’s info desk is located at the festival center, Bio Rex. The info team assists the festival customers and accredited guests throughout the festival. Tasks include guiding the customers and handling different matters. The info team is a great choice for those who enjoy customer service and versatile volunteer tasks. This task requires fluent Finnish skills.

Ticket sales – Ticket sales is one of the more responsible volunteer tasks. Therefore, every ticket sales personnel will receive five free tickets to screenings. In this role, the volunteers will mainly work independently, but the ticketing coordinator will always be there to help! We offer volunteer shifts both before and during the festival. The whole team will receive a separate briefing on the tasks and how to use the payment terminal around mid-January. If you have previous experience in customer service or using the Eventio ticketing system, make sure to mention them in your application. This task requires fluent Finnish skills.

Cinema staff – Cinema staff play an important role in taking care of the festival atmosphere at the cinemas. Tasks include inspecting the tickets, tidying up the cinema halls, opening the screenings and helping out the customers. The tasks are versatile, so this team is suitable for everyone!

Cinema staff supervisor  – Cinema staff supervisors lead the cinema staff, coordinate the team’s tasks during each shift and make sure everything is running smoothly. This is an independent role and therefore we require previous experience from similar tasks and fluent Finnish skills. Cinema staff supervisors will also receive five free tickets to screenings.

Distribution – The distribution team takes care of distributing the festival programme leaflets and posters around the capital area. The shifts begin on January 12 and continue all the way to the beginning of the festival. In this team, the volunteers will be working independently or in pairs. The distribution team is the perfect choice for those who would like to have flexibility in the volunteer shifts and focus on enjoying the films during the festival days. The volunteers operate the distribution route either by car or by foot. 

Power team – Power team helps other volunteer teams whenever there is a need. The team will be given a briefing on their tasks at the beginning of each shift. The tasks can include helping out at the office or covering for cinema staff. In this team, each volunteer shift is different! Power team is a great option for those who would like to have a versatile volunteer task and get to know different areas of festival production.

Social media  – The social media team shares the best bits of the festival in DocPoint’s own social media channels (mostly Instagram Stories and Reels). If you have an eye for visuals and enjoy creating content, this task is perfect for you! Remember to add links to your social media platforms on your application, especially Instagram. This task requires fluent Finnish skills. 

Photography and videography – We also need talented photographers and videographers to capture the festival atmosphere of DocPoint. For this task, you will need your own DSLR camera and editing software. Remember to add a link to your portfolio on your application. The photographers and videographers will also receive five free tickets to screenings.

Side events – DocPoint organizes different side events, such as panels and seminars, throughout the festival week. The side event team helps out DocPoint’s staff with organizing and carrying out these events. The tasks may include helping out the customers and other current matters. If you are interested in diving deeper into event production, join the side event team! This task requires fluent Finnish skills.

DOKKINO – DOKKINO is an annual national documentary tour for children and youth. The tour kicks off during DocPoint. We are looking for cinema staff to help out with the screenings between 31st of January and 2nd of February, 2023. If you wish to volunteer during daytime and want to dedicate evenings to enjoying the festival, this team is perfect for you. This task requires fluent Finnish skills, Swedish skills are a plus. 

Read here about how we handle the personal information of our volunteers.