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Developing Your Film Festival again at New Horizons IFF

Developing Your Film Festival 2019 at New Horizons IFF, Wroclaw
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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.



20/07/2020 - 26/07/2020


€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). 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.


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


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


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