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Run Your Own Festival

The Ideas Arcade

If you've tried to buy a festival ticket recently, you’ll know that they've experienced something of a revival in recent years. Tickets for big events easily sell out in hours if not minutes, and smaller independent events are popping up all over the place.

Why not run your own?

Jody Tozer is an award winning film maker and the director of the Mini Film Fest, Cardiff Mini Film Festival and Ffresh, the student media festival of Wales. She’s been running festivals full time for over 2 years. Here she shares six of her top tips for running your own festival…

1. Do something you care about

When I started out I chose to run a film festival. I had a passion for creating and watching film and it had been something I wanted to do for years. It was never about earning money; it was something I did on the side and the only thing that has kept me going to this day is that it’s an industry I care about with a passion.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I have to say, I started my own storytelling show and it was the best way to build community. People want to be a part of things - and if you offer a platform, they will take it. I do recommend having people assist though. You can't do it on your own!

    • The Ideas Arcade

      Thanks for your comment - and very wise advice! Definitely helps to have others helping out, but events definitely are a great way to get people interested in an idea.