We're looking for engaged youth to join the CIFF Generation Next Film Previewer Program.



Going into its fourth year, the Calgary International Film Festival's Generation Next Previewer Program provides a unique opportunity for Calgary and area youth grades 9-12 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.

Note: Many films in this program will deal with mature subject matter. 


  • Preview 3-4 feature-length films weekly (up to a maximum of 10 hours/week) over a period of four months (see Key Dates)
  • 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 6 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 complete the form linked below. 
A confirmation email will be sent to you upon successful submission of your application package.


Applications are due by March 5, 2021.

CIFF Discussion Sessions
March 16 - Introduction
March 30, April 13, April 27, May 11, May 25, June 8

Industry Visits

Festival Dates
September 23 - October 3

Please note that the above schedule is subject to change and additional dates may be added as they become finalized.