Screen Fringe

The Screen Fringe projects back for 2022 to support producers, commissioners, and Film & TV executives in their engagement with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Screen Scotland and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are excited to have relaunched the Screen Fringe project for 2022, building on the success of its initial pilot in 2019.  The programme is focused on supporting producers, commissioners, and Film & TV executives in their engagement with the festival and encouraging the drive of stage-to-screen adaptation. 

What is Screen Fringe?

With notable past Fringe-to-screen achievements such as Fleabag, Baby Reindeer, Our Ladies, Beats, Big Boys, Expensive Shit and many more, Edinburgh Fringe offers an exciting international marketplace for discovering original voices and IP rich with potential for screen development and adaptation. 

The Screen Fringe programme will support delegates from the film and TV sector with festival programme navigation, show curation and access to ticketing throughout August. There will also be a programme of additional activity during 15 – 22 August, including industry advice panels, networking and social events.

Delegates will have access to a dedicated Screen Fringe Manager, recently recruited freelance producer Sophie Ellwood and a Screen Fringe Assistant, to offer bespoke support and make the most of Fringe opportunities. 

Details about Screen FRinge can also be found on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival website.

How to take part

For additional information on the Screen Fringe Programme and to register as a delegate, please sign up for accreditation by visiting the Fringe Arts Industry webpage.

Programme of events

Monday 15 August 14:00 - 14:45
Screen Fringe: A Stage to Screen Case Study 

Join award winning playwrights Michael Patrick and Oisin Kearney as they discuss their journey from stage to screen with their work “My Left Nut”. This case study will delve into the process of making their stage work ready for TV, discuss the hurdles they came across, and will finish with a Q&A session. 

Monday 15 August 14:45 - 15:30 
Screen Fringe: A Stage to Screen Case Study

Join Ciara Elizabeth Smyth, an award-winning playwright from Dublin, who will be revealing all about her journey in being commissioned from stage-to-screen. Her plays have been presented by the Abbey Theatre, Fishamble; The New Play Company, Dublin Fringe, Project Arts Centre and Bewley’s Cafe Theatre. Currently, Ciara is on commission to adapt her debut play, All Honey, (Fishamble New Writing Award 2017) and her 2019 play Sauce for television, with Buccaneer Media and Maia Pictures, respectively.

DROP-IN CLINIC: Wednesday 17 August 11:00 - 13:00 
Screen Fringe: the business & legal side of Stage to Screen 

Join Niamh Hargan, an accomplished US and UK expert in media law, to find out the nitty gritty legal details of taking your show to the screen. Niamh has performed US and UK legal work for many film and TV clients, including All3Media, Plan B Entertainment, Raw TV, Lightbox, Firecracker Films, October Films and Arrow Media, on projects for Discovery, Netflix, CNN, HBO, Channel 4 and the BBC.

This session will cover the business basics and legal must-knows of moving your show to the screen, as well as a private drop-in clinic where delegates are free to drop in and ask any legal-related questions.

Monday 22 August 13:00 - 14:00 
Screen Fringe: How to Pitch 

Do you think your show is ready for the big screen, but you don’t know how to get it there? Do you want to know the do’s and don’ts of pitching? Join Justine Potter – the Development Executive for Drama at CanCan Productions – who will provide insight into how to pitch your show for the screen. Justine’s recent TV credits include Development Exec. for Jimmy McGovern’s upcoming drama 'Anthony' on BBC1 and Head of Development on 'Clink'. With her expert knowledge, Justine will discuss what screen professionals are looking for and how you can pitch your show effectively to them. 

There will also be further events, roundtables, drop-in clinics, and 1-2-1s planned for industry professionals, and information made available closer to the time. 

Key contact

For more information on any of the events, including registration, ticketing, and show-related queries, please email Sophie Ellwood, the Screen Fringe Manager, at: [email protected] / [email protected]