Company development / Audience development, marketing, distribution & exhibition

Developing Your Film Festival

Developing Your Film Festival (DYFF) is an intensive programme for film festival professionals, taught by some of the world’s experts on taking festivals to the next level.

Dates: 2020 course did not take place.

Application deadline: 24 April 2020

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. 

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.
Learning outcomesA clear strategy that can be implemented immediately, as well as new contacts from festivals around the world.
Target groupExhibitors, Festival managers, Funders & financiers
Requirements Staff members from established film festivals all over the world who have been working in festivals for minimum of 2 years. This may be in a paid / unpaid or freelance position but the position must be on where the applicant is in a position to influence change in the organisation.
Without project
Intermediate | Senior
1250 Includes festival accreditation
Full, part and travel scholarships are available
Included Most