Attendees may volunteer their time before or during the event in exchange for a festival pass.
Volunteer activities begin a few months prior to the event. Volunteers are asked to work 16 hours for the festival. In return, volunteers receive one Waimea Four-Day Film Pass for themselves, plus one additional Waimea Six-Punch Pass which can be given to a friend or family member.
Volunteer activities range from putting up posters and running errands, to manning the theatres and Festival Hospitality Desk, to providing catering services or technical support.