Film Festival Alliance


Applications Open for DYFF: Developing Your Film Festival

Developing Your Film Festival (DYFF) is the world’s only intensive development programme for film festival professionals. 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. The programme is 100% recommended by all previous participants, which include over 170 film festivals from around the world.

DYFF 2019 is taking place at New Horizons Film Festival  from 22-28 July. Here you will have the chance to see the beautiful Polish city of Wroclaw, one of the most incredible festivals in Europe, and home to the largest arthouse venue in Europe which plays host to the festival.

If you want to be next to discover the secrets of success from top film festivals, then apply to Developing Your Film Festival by 16 May 2019. The training programme is funded by Creative Europe and supported by the British Council, New Horizons International Film Festival and Vilnius International Film Festival.

About the course
The course is taught interactively by experts from the Independent Cinema Office as well as key festival staff from the best festivals from around the world (including representatives in the past from Berlinale, Hot Docs, Rotterdam, Toronto and many more have ). 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 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. There are 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)

 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 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 or would like to apply for a scholarship, please contact

100% of participants questioned said they would recommend 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 DYFF 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

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

“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

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

“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