Training Courses

Developing Your Film Festival 2020

20/07/2020 - 26/07/2020

New Horizons Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland,

Applications for Developing Your Film Festival 2020 are now open. The deadline to apply is Friday 24 April 2020.

Developing Your Film Festival (DYFF) is an intensive programme for film festival professionals, taught by some of the world’s experts on taking your festival to the next level. The course is 100% recommended by our participants, which include over 190 film festivals from around the world.

Now in its tenth year, DYFF 2020 is taking place at New Horizons International Film Festival in the beautiful Polish city of Wroclaw, which boasts the largest art house cinema in Europe.

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.

Dates

20/07/2020 - 26/07/2020

Fees

€1250 (Scholarships are also available)

Venue

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). Delegates come away with a clear strategy that they can implement immediately, as well as new contacts from festivals around the world. Scroll down to see the list of confirmed speakers for 2020.

The fee for attending DYFF20 is €1250. This includes accommodation, course materials, film festival accreditation and some meals. Limited scholarships and bursaries are also made available.

On the course delegates learn practical lessons about:

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

Across six days, delegates are welcomed with an introductory session followed by four intensive training days and one final day to attend New Horizons International Film Festival.

 

Scholarships

The fee for attending DYFF2020 is €1250. This includes six nights accommodation, course materials, film festival accreditation and most meals.

We have the limited number of 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)

To apply for scholarships, please complete the scholarship application form, which can be found here, and send that in with your application form. 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 (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 training@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk

Testimonials

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:

“Our sponsorship income has increased significantly – it has grown by 1360% since I did the course!” – Juliet Tweedie, Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK

“All the sessions are very well taught and the speakers are really the best in their fields. Most unforgettable training I’ve ever had” – Andhika Annas Satria, Europe on Screen, Indonesia

“Our overall ticket sales increased by 30%” – Ornela Cop, Animafest Zagreb, Croatia

“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

“It calibrated my work: what we are doing right, what we are doing wrong and how to move forward.” – Nita Deda, Dokufest, Kosovo

What our speakers say:

“I’ve really noticed that within Developing Your Film Festival over just four days you can take your film festival to the next level.” – Jennifer Frees, Vice President, Partnerships, Toronto International Film Festival

“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

Speakers

Catharine Des Forges

Director, Independent Cinema Office

Catharine has spent over 20 years working in the exhibition sector for a variety of organisations including the BFI and Arts Council England. She has worked as a freelance programmer and arts consultant and progammed for festivals and cinemas both in the UK and internationally. She has lectured on film at a number of UK universities and is a regular contributor to industry events and a frequent filmmaker Q&A host. Catharine founded the ICO in 2003 and has been its Director ever since.

David Sin

Head of Cinemas, Independent Cinema Office

Over the past 25 years, David has worked as a Programmer, Consultant and Distributor, on occasions two or three of these at the same time. From 1998-2002, he was Director of Cinema at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) where he programmed an award winning season of Japanese experimental film, increased admissions by 100% and also made a success of the ICA’s cutting edge distribution company; releasing over 40 films including Ring, A One and a Two and Kandahar. Whilst Head of Content at the British Film Institute, he co-produced a screening of Borderline staged at the Tate Modern Turbine Hall; and A Throw of Dice with a live orchestra in Trafalgar Square.

Jennifer Frees

Vice President, Partnerships, Toronto International Film Festival

Jennifer Frees has diverse fundraising, marketing, and strategic partnership experience in both for-profit agency and non-profit sectors. Her innovative projects have won marketing and design awards for highly regarded international brands, as well as directly generating tens of millions of dollars for her non-profit clients. As Vice President, Partnerships at TIFF, Jennifer sits at the organization's senior leadership table and provides senior sales, negotiation, property development, and account stewardship direction for the organization’s 150 corporate and hospitality partnerships. In addition, Jennifer oversees the event partnerships and bookings strategy for TIFF Bell Lightbox, TIFF's cultural institution and cinema in downtown Toronto. TIFF's Partnerships team generates ~40% of the organization’s total revenues. Jennifer resides in Toronto, Canada with her film-loving husband and screen savvy toddler.

Clare Wilford

Independent Press & PR Consultant

Clare is one of the UK's leading film, television and animation publicists, specialising in event and film festival PR. Clare gained over ten years' experience in arts marketing and PR at organisations including the Barbican Centre, London, Opera North in Leeds, and the Arnolfini in Bristol, before moving into Film PR in 1992. She has orchestrated press campaigns for the following festivals: Berwick Film Festival; Brief Encounters, Bristol; Borderlines Film Festival; the Times BFI London Film Festival; the Cambridge Film Festival; Cinecity, Brighton Film Festival, and the Bradford International Film Festival. Clare was Associate Producer and Talent Manager for several Empire Magazine Film Awards, as well as Guest Speaker and Hospitality Co-ordinator for the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival for three years. She has also freelanced for Premier PR and Corbett & Keene for over 10 years, handling press campaigns both at international festivals and in UK distribution. From 2006 to 2009 Clare lived in New Zealand where she worked as a PR consultant for the New Zealand Film Commission. She currently lives by the sea in the North East, has a dog called Freddie and works for a variety of regional film exhibitors.

FAQs

How do I apply to attend the course?

Applications for the 2020 edition of the Developing Your Film Festival training programme are now open. You can apply through the application section of this page below.

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 post-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 DYFF20 is €1250.

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

The final day of the course will be allocated for delegates to take in the New Horizons International Film Festival and attend festival screenings.

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 International 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 that has been running for at least 2 years.

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: training@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk

 

How to apply

01

To apply for Developing your Film Festival 2020, please download the application form below.

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

  • a photograph (jpeg. or png.) of yourself
  • a PDF or link to your most recent festival programme
  • a photograph that best captures your festival
  • a completed Scholarship Application Form if necessary
02

To apply for a scholarship, please complete the scholarship application form below and include it with your application. Scholarships are limited, 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 (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.

 

03

Applications should be sent to training@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk

You will receive an email within 7 days to confirm receipt of your application. Successful applicants will be notified within 4 weeks of the deadline.

The deadline for application is Friday 24 April 2020.

Once successful applicants have accepted their place on the course, they will become liable for their course fees.

Criteria

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 and Edinburgh International Film Festival. You may be in a paid / unpaid, freelance or directorial 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 that has been running for at least 2 years.

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 training@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk

 

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