Training Courses

Developing Your Film Festival 2019

22/07/2019 - 28/07/2019

New Horizons Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland,

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Applications for DYFF 2019 will open on 4 April 2019.

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.

Don’t just take our word for it: We are 100% recommended by our participants, which include over 170 film festivals from around the world. If you want to be next to discover the secrets of success from top film festivals, then apply now with the button above.

Developing Your Film Festival 2019 is taking place at New Horizons Film Festival. You will have the chance to make new connections and see the beautiful Polish city of Wroclaw, as well take in the one of the most incredible festivals in Europe, and the largest arthouse venue in Europe which plays host to the festival.


22/07/2019 - 28/07/2019


€1250 (Scholarships are also available)


New Horizons Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland

About the course

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.

Applications will open on 4 April 2019. For updates, please sign-up to our training mailing list here.

The fee for attending DYFF19 is €1250. This includes accommodation, course materials, film festival accreditation and some meals. There will be scholarships and bursaries available to make it easier for you to attend.

On the course you will learn practical lessons about:

  • Sponsorship
  • Partnerships
  • Audience development
  • Programming
  • Press strategy
  • Income building


The fee for attending DYFF19 is €1250. This includes six nights accommodation, course materials, film festival accreditation and most meals.

We have a limited number of the following scholarships available:

10 x Full scholarships worth €900 towards course fees (leaving €350 to pay in course fees)

8 x Part scholarships worth €650 towards course fees (leaving €600 to pay in course fees)

10 x Travel scholarships worth €200 (to spend on travel only)

More information about how to apply for scholarships will be made available once the applications for the course are open.

Please note, due to funding agreements, priority for scholarships will be given to film festival professionals working for not-for-profit organisations with an annual turnover of less than €400,000 from low capacity countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) or non-EU countries that participate in the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme. This Scholarship is also open to freelance film festival professionals whose financial circumstances would otherwise prevent them from participating in the training.

In order to qualify for travel support, applicants need to live at least 50 miles from the course location. No travel expenses will be payable without official receipts.

If you have any further queries about scholarships, please email us on


100% of participants questioned said they would recommend Developing Your Film Festival (DYFF) to a colleague or peer.

100% of respondents said the course was ‘very relevant’ or ‘relevant’ to their job and career development.

100% said the overall organisation of the course was either ‘excellent’ (77%) or ‘good’ (23%)

96% rated the speaker’s expertise as ‘excellent’

What our participants say:

“I secured a whole bunch of sponsorship for GSFF this year, including a sizable commitment from our one sponsor. Don’t think I would’ve really gone for it without DYFF15!” – Morvern Cunningham, Glasgow Short Film Festival, UK

“We changed our ticketing strategy and overall ticket sales increased by 35%. We implemented an intensive rebranding and have received rave reviews from the board, and our partners”. – Marian Spier, KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival, Netherlands

“A wonderful collaborative atmosphere” – Richard Ashrowan, Alchemy Film + Moving Image Festival, UK

“Since attending DYFF, we’ve trebled annual turnover of the festival, implemented a five year strategic plan, received international attention and acclaim for our projects and had 79% capacity at last year’s festival.” – Holly Tarquini, Bath Film Festival, UK

“Extremely insightful. The course will allow me to bring back a variety of tangible ideas which I can implement immediately.” – Damian Connor, Belfast Film Festival, UK

What our speakers say:

“It’s not only about training, it’s about collective problem solving. Having this platform where you can exchange ideas is fantastic.” – Sten-Kristian Saluveer, Industry Director Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia

“There’s such an appetite from the people here. There’s such a need for this course. It’s amazing.” – Wendy Mitchell, Film Programme Manager, British Council, UK


How do I apply to attend the course?

Applications for the 2019 edition of the Developing Your Film Festival training programme will open on 4 April 2019.

For further updates, please make sure to sign up to our training mailing list here.

Will the course be affected by Brexit?

The funding that we have received from Creative Europe in order to run this course has been confirmed no matter what the outcome of the current negotiations.

This means that the Brexit negotiations will have no effect on this iteration of the Developing Your Film Festival Training Programme.

Are festivals from outside of Europe able to attend the training?

Although the course is primarily funded by Creative Europe, we still welcome applications from candidates representing festivals that take place in any country.

Previous participants on the course have represented festivals from Japan, Peru, the USA and Mexico.

What is included within the course fee?

The fee for attending DYFF19 is €1250.

This includes six nights accommodation, course materials, film festival accreditation and most meals.

In regards to meals, this will include breakfast and lunch every day, as well as dinner on specified days. This will be confirmed at a later date.

Where is the course taking place?

This iteration of Developing Your Film Festival is taking place in Wroclaw, in collaboration with New Horizons Film Festival.

As part of your course fees, you will receive accreditation to attend the festival during and after the course.

How long will it take for a decision to be made on my application?

Decisions will be communicated no later than four weeks after applications are received.

How will the decisions be made on applications?

Each application will be assessed by two members of senior ICO staff, who will then discuss and finalise the decision.

We welcome applications from staff members from established film festivals all over the world.

There are no restrictions on the type of film festival you represent. You may be in a paid / unpaid or freelance position at your festival but must be in a position to influence change in your organisation. You must have been working in festivals for a minimum of 2 years and be based at an established festival or event.

All sessions will be conducted in English, so you must have a high level of fluency in written and spoken English.

Who should I contact if I have any further questions?

If you have any further questions about the course, then please get in touch with us via email at the following address:


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