Motovun Film Festival

Developing Your Film Festival, Motovun, Croatia

This 2011 course is now over but applications for 2012 are open! You can read a report on what happened in 2011 here.

Do you run a film festival with great potential?

Want to reach wider audiences and raise your festival profile?

This course will bring together film festival professionals from across Europe, equipping them with the skills, confidence and inspiration to produce innovative film programmes, reach a wider audience, raise their festival's profile and develop their organisation.

The course will be taught by industry experts from across Europe through talks, workshops, practical exercises and group discussions. The event will also provide invaluable networking opportunities and foster a culture of cooperation between the participating organisations, who will be encouraged to form a network for peer support and collaboration in the future. 

The training will run over three days followed by two days of screenings and networking at the Motovun Film Festival in Croatia.

Who is it for?

Staff of medium sized film festivals from across Europe working in management, programming, marketing, audience development, fundraising, administration or freelance roles. The course is also open to staff of support or funding agencies working with film festivals.

Applicants must:

  • Speak fluent English.  The course will be taught in English and participants will be expected to speak and understand at a high or fluent level.
  • Have at least one year’s experience working for a festival
  • Be a resident of one of the EU Member States, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland
  • Be interested in working collaboratively with other European film festivals.


Thu 21 Jul 2011 to Tue 26 Jul 2011
Motovun, Croatia
Participants arrive on the 21st July and the training will begin on the 22nd July.
Full fee: €495 / Part Scholarship: €355 / Full Scholarship: €200


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What will the course cover?

  • Fundraising: pitching to corporate sponsors, diversifying revenue streams and understanding EU funding criteria for festivals;
  • Securing press coverage: planning PR campaigns, writing press releases and building relationships with journalists;
  • Online marketing and audience engagement: effective use of social media to drive ticket sales, reach younger audiences and raise the festival profile;
  • Programming: innovative programming, outreach events, negotiating with international sales agents, producers and distributors to cost-effectively secure films;
  • Sustainable development and strategic planning: defining focus, long-term planning and attracting international and industry delegates;
  • Collaboration: key challenges facing festivals and solutions through partnerships.

What else will I gain from attending?

Participants will gain practical skills, fresh ideas, renewed motivation and improved confidence that can be put to immediate use when participants return to work.

They will also develop professional relationships with other festivals and will be invited to form a peer-support network of European Film Festivals to foster cooperation and facilitate partnerships in the future.


Speakers will include:

  • Ginny Atkinson, Freelance Consultant
  • Rachael Castell, Project Coordinator, Support Your Local Cinema
  • Ludmila Cvikova, Programmer, Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • Igor Mirkovic, Festival Director, Motovun Film Festival
  • Joanne O'Hagan, Chief Executive, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
  • Iris Ordonez, Film PR Consultant
  • Malgorzata Palarczyk-Vivancos, Festivals Manager, MEDIA
  • Algirdas Ramaska, Executive Director, Vilnius International Film Festival
  • Maryanne Redpath, Director, Berlinale Generation
  • Louis Savy, Director, Sci-Fi London Film Festival
  • Shane Walter, Director, onedotzero

Motovun Film Festival

Motovun Film Festival has been running for twelve years and is one of Croatia's leading cultural organisations.  It is dedicated to showing small innovative films and champions cinema from Central and Eastern Europe.

The festival runs for five days with evening outdoor screenings. The program consists of around 70 titles from all over the world, from documentaries to feature films, shorts to long forms, guerilla made films to co-productions. The only criteria is that films must fit in the open-minded atmosphere of the festival.

With the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.  Supported by the European Cultural Foundation.  In partnership with Motovun Film Festival.  With the support of Vilnius International Film Festival.  Supported by RIFE Investment Fund through the UK Film Council and South West Screen.

"The opportunity to meet and learn from some of the main players working in cinema has proved invaluable, and greatly aided my career trajectory!"

Rob Baker, Cinema Marketing Manager, Barbican

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