CIFF Generation Next Film Previewer Program

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CIFF Generation Next Film Previewer Program

The deadline for this opportunity has passed.

Calgary International Film Festival is looking for engaged youth to join the CIFF Generation Next Film Previewer Program.

Program Description

Going into its third year, the Generation Next Previewer Program provides a unique opportunity for Calgary and area youth Grades 10-12 with an interest in film and critical analysis to contribute to the fall festival’s Generation Next program, our youth-focused film series.

Up to 10 youth will gain valuable experience volunteering with a major arts organization, discover a breadth of new international cinema and act as ambassadors for their peers, helping choose films for our Generation Next Series that speak to and engage with their generation.


  • Preview three to four feature-length films weekly (up to a maximum of 10 hours/week) over a period of four months (see key dates below).
  • Maintain a journal of notes and reflections.
  • Attend in-person training and discussion sessions with festival staff and peers.
  • Contribute to the selection of up to six films for the Generation Next Series.


  • Volunteer experience.
  • Professional experience in a non-profit setting as a festival previewer.
  • Skills improvement in public speaking.
  • General admission tickets for the fall festival.
  • Learn about the historical and industry context of films through peer discussion, online research, social media strategy and possible field-trips.
  • Letters of recommendation (pending program completion and performance).


  • Applicants must have a passion for film, in any capacity including but not limited to, watching them, making them, reading or writing about them, and discussing them.
  • Strong verbal and written communication and analytical skills.
  • Strong time-management skills.
  • Ability to collaborate and cooperate with individuals of varied opinions, backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Reliable transportation to and from all program venues.
  • Students are required to have an internet-capable viewing device.


Please email the completed form with PREVIEWER APPLICATION in the subject line to A confirmation email will be sent to you upon successful submission of your application package.

Key Dates

Applications are due by March 3, 2020. Please include a resume and cover letter. Notifications by March 6, 2020.

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