- Building audiences: engaging young people and hard to reach audiences; taking advantage of social media and digital platforms to drive ticket sales and deepen audience engagement
- Maximising professional relationships: building relationships with journalists to generate press coverage; negotiating with sales agents to secure film rights; strategic partnerships with other festivals to save money and increase impact.
“Immensely inspiring...The implications will resonate for weeks, months and years to come.”
How is it taught?
The course is taught through talks from film industry experts, practical workshops focusing on participants’ own festivals, participant-led discussion on the major challenges and opportunities facing festivals today, plus one-to-one advisory sessions with course leaders and speakers.
Three days of intensive training is followed by two days of discussion, networking and screenings at the Motovun Film Festival. Participants become members of the European Film Festivals Network for long term information sharing and collaboration.
You can read about last year’s course here.
"Thoroughly enjoyable, at the same time completely informative and inspiring. Thank you."
The course will be led by James Mullighan, Creative Director, Cork Film Festival and our inspiring collective of international film industry experts are:
- Peter Belsito, Independent Film Festival consultant (worked for WITHOUT A BOX and IMDb)
- Delphyne Besse, Freelance Sales Agent (worked for Celluloid Dreams, Rezo, Pacha & MPM)
- Paul Drury, Freelance Film PR, Open City Docs Fest, Premiere PR & Idea Generation
- Wilhelm Faber, Programme Coordination Berlinale Special, Berlin International Film Festival
- Mikael Fellenius, CEO, Göteborg International Film Festival
- Allison Gardner, Co-director, Glasgow Film Festival
- Muffin Hix, Film Programmer and Event Producer, The Lost Picture Show / Fringe! Film Fest
- Hannah Horner, Festival Manager, Doc and Film International
- Heili Jõe, Industry Events Manager, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
- Bridey Lipscombe and Cat Turner, Founders of creative agency Native LDN
- Igor Mirkovic, Festival Director, Motovun Film Festival
- Mindaugas Morkunas, Head of Festival Development, Vilnius International Film Festival
- Charlie Phillips, Marketplace Director, Sheffield Doc/Festival
- Louis Savy, Director, Sci-Fi London Film Festival
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€570 / £582*
Part Scholarship: €365 / £373*
Full Scholarship: €160 / £163*
* Sterling rates include VAT
Fees include three full days' training plus two days' film screenings and networking; full accreditation for Motovun Film Festival; six nights' accommodation; transport to and from the airport; breakfast, lunch and refreshments on the training days; social evenings; course materials; membership of the European Film Festivals Network forum for six months after the course. Please note that fees do not include flight costs.
“I am coming away with a revived passion for what I do”
If you have any questions or would like to discuss whether the course is suitable for your needs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 20 7636 7120.
Funded by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the British Council. In partnership with Motovun Film Festival. With the support of Vilnius International Film Festival.