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‘Developing Your Film Festival’ Program Open to Professionals Worldwide

'Developing Your Film Festival' Program Open to Professionals Worldwide

As the film world looks to Cannes, it’s worth sparing a thought for the behind the scenes figures who pull together our film festivals. What you hear from
many festival directors is that despite an excellent result when the last film is shown, it can feel like the planning and delivery of the festival puts
their sanity to the test ever year. Developing Your Film Festival is an antidote to the heavy toll running a successful festival can take. For the last
five years, the UK’s Independent Cinema Office has provided workshops and high-level presentations to help festivals benefit from clear strategy, effective
communications and improvements in sponsorship and partnerships.

This is the first year that the course will be available to international participants. This will bolster one of the key features of the training: the
opportunity to meet and share information with other festivals from around the world. Besides the other participants, this year has some prestigious names
amongst its teachers: speakers from Göteborg International Film Festival, TIFF, the Berlinale and Sheffield Doc/Fest will be offering their expertise and
best practices.

One of the big benefits is the location of the event. Motovun in Croatia is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has a very uniquely relaxing atmosphere. For
festival staff, the opportunity to take some time out from the pace of festival planning, to get some clarity of strategy and compare experiences with
other professionals can make a big difference. The training culminates with the Motovun Film Festival, a unique festival with a long history and vibrant
spirit. The festival professionals can’t help be inspired by the passion and unwavering vision of the ‘festival on top of the mountain’ and the huge
difference they have made to the cultural community of Croatia.

Before the festival’s inauguration, no cinema in Croatia screened world cinema. Now each year, in support of their vibrant program, all of the festival
kit (screens, projectors, chairs etc.) must be transported to the top of the mountain on one tractor, relying on the passion of the city’s inhabitants to
make this huge undertaking possible. The outdoor screenings in the idyllic medieval town square, the copious amounts of truffles and night long parties
make it impossible not to form lasting bonds with their fellow festival counterparts which endure for years to come.

Of course, it’s in the long term that a new perspective on planning your festival makes a difference. Holly Tarquini, who is the Producer of the Bath Film
Festival in the UK, attended the training in 2013 and saw it as a big boost to their approach. Since attending DYFF, they have ‘trebled annual turnover of
the festival, implemented a five year strategic plan, received international attention and acclaim for our new F-rating and had 79% capacity at last year’s
festival.’

Hatice Özdemirciler, Head of Training for the Independent Cinema Office says she is really proud to have helped all kinds of European
festivals take these kind of leaps, but was even more excited to be able to invite festivals from the United States and South America, the Middle East and
Africa. ‘Everyone who runs festivals of this caliber has a vast amount of knowledge, but no one is omniscient and you can learn a lot about audiences from
speaking to other countries. Festivals always say it’s easy to see the bigger picture in Motovun. It’s a stunning place and has a strong grassroots
festival. It’s a bit like a spa for festival professionals, but the results are a lot longer lasting than a pedicure!’

Developing Your Film Festival happens Jul 21 -26, 2015 in Motovun, Croatia

You can apply HERE

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