Developing Your Film Festival 2018

20/03/2018 - 25/03/2018

Vilnius Film Festival, Vilnius

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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 120 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 2018 is taking place at Vilnius Film Festival. You will have the chance to make new connections and see the beautiful Lithuanian city of Vilnius, as well take in the one of the most incredible festivals in Europe.


20/03/2018 - 25/03/2018


€1200 (Scholarships are also available)


Vilnius Film Festival

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.

The fee for attending DYFF18 is €1200. 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.

On the course you will learn practical lessons about:

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


The fee for attending DYFF18 is €1200. This includes six nights accommodation, course materials, film festival accreditation and most meals.

We have a limited number of the following scholarships available:

Full scholarships worth €900 towards course fees (leaving €300 to pay in course fees)

Part scholarships worth €700 towards course fees (leaving €500 to pay in course fees)

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

To apply for scholarships, please complete the section in the application form, which can be found here. Scholarships are allocated on a first come, first served basis so early applications are encouraged.

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 (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and 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 speakers 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 to apply


To apply for Developing your Film Festival 2018, please download the application form here.

Please return this form in Microsoft Word format, along with:

  • a photograph (jpeg) of yourself
  • a PDF or link to your most recent festival programme
  • a photograph that best captures your festival

Applications should be sent to

We are still accepting applications for this year’s course. We have a limited number of scholarships for this course, so please apply as soon as possible to be considered.

You will receive an email within 7 days to confirm receipt of your application. Successful applicants will be notified in January 2018.

If you are accepted onto the course, you will need to pay your fees to confirm your place otherwise your place may be reallocated if the course is oversubscribed.


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. Previous participants have come from events such as ZagrebDOX, CPHPix, Helsinki Short Film Festival and Cork Film Festival. 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 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.

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

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