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Developing Your Film Festival 2018 #DYFF18

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.

To apply now for this unique opportunity, click here.


Vilnius International Film Festival, Lithuania
20th-25th March 2018
€1200 (Includes six nights accommodation and most meals)

Don't just take our word for it: We are 100% recommended by our participants, which include over 130 film festivals from around the world. If you want to be next to discover the secrets of success from top film festivals, click here to apply.

Developing Your Film Festival 2018 is taking place at Vilnius International Film Festival. You will have the chance to make new connections and see the beautiful city of Vilnius, as well take in the one of Europe's most exciting and intriguing film festivals.

Developing Your Film Festival is delivered 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 DYFF18 is €1200. This includes six days accommodation, course materials, film festival accreditation and most meals. There are scholarships available to make it easier for you to attend.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 10th December 2017. 

Speakers announced so far

  • Wendy Mitchell, Contributing Editor of Screen International, on press strategy and how to get quality coverage for your film festival
  • 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 wins in sponsorship.
  • Jennifer Frees, Senior Director of Partnerships at Toronto International Film Festival, sharing sponsorship lessons from TIFF, one of the world's biggest film festivals
  • Marcin Pienkowski, Artistic Director at New Horizons Film Festival on developing audiences

On the course you will gain key practical insights about:

  • Sponsorship

  • Partnerships

  • Audience development

  • Programming

  • Press strategy

  • Income building

The deadline for applications is Sunday 10th December 2017. 

If you want to talk about whether Developing Your Film Festival is right for you, email us: training@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk or click here to apply now.   

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DYFF 2018 funders

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