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Developing Your Film Festival 2017 #DYFF17

The world’s ONLY development programme for film festivals

If you want the next edition of your film festival to have a bigger audience, stronger international reputation and improved sponsorship and partnerships, this course was designed for you. Developing Your Film Festival is an intensive programme for film festival professionals, taught by some of the world's experts on taking your festival to the next level.


Mon 19 Jun 2017 to Sat 24 Jun 2017
Edinburgh International Film Festival
19-24 June 2017

Don't just take our word for it: We are 100% recommended by our participants, which include over 120 film festivals from around the world. If you want to be next to discover the secrets of success from top film festivals, apply now.

Developing Your Film Festival 2017 is taking place at Edinburgh International Film Festival. You will have the chance to make new connections and see the beautiful city of Edinburgh, as well take in the  world’s oldest continually running film festival.

Developing Your Film Festival is taught interactively by experts from the Independent Cinema Office as well as key festival staff from the best festivals from around the world (in the past, we have welcomed representatives from the Berlinale, Hot Docs, Rotterdam, Toronto and many more). You will come away with a clear strategy that you can implement immediately, as well as new contacts from festivals around the world. The fee for attending DYFF17 is €1000. This includes accommodation, course materials, film festival accreditation and some meals. There are scholarships and bursaries available to make it easier for you to attend.  

Speakers announced so far

  • Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival, on how to make sure your festival includes everyone in your community
  • Dagmar Forelle, former Head of Sponsorship at the Berlinale on how your festival can be more targeted and more successful in its sponsorship strategy
  • Wendy Mitchell, Contributing Editor of Screen International, on press strategy and how to get quality coverage for your film festival
  • Wim De Witte, Programmer and Festival Producer at Ghent Film Fest, on festival programming and audience development
  • Catharine Des Forges, Director of the ICO, on how to set a plan for strategic growth that will let you run a more creative festival
  • Mindaugas Morkūnas, Head of Sponsorship Development at Vilnius International Film Festival, will show you how any size of festival can make big gains in sponsorship
  • Claire Wilford, PR extraordinaire, on how to create stories about your festival that the press will be excited about

On the course you will learn practical lessons about:

  • Sponsorship

  • Partnerships

  • Audience development

  • Programming

  • Press strategy

  • Income building

To find out more on how to apply for Developing Your Film Festival, click here.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 24 April 2017.

If you want to talk about whether Developing Your Film Festival is right for you, email us:  

Supported by

With the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union and the British Council. In partnership with Edinburgh International Film Festival, BFI Film Audience Network and Vilnius International Film Festival.


DYFF 2017 partners

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