EIFF announces its impressive 2019 Industry programme

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has announced details of its Industry events programme, which offers a number of activities to support networking, talent development and future collaborations, and will cover all sections of the filmmaking process.

The Programme includes:

  • EIFF Industry Events Programme
  • EIFF Focus on Spain
  • Distribution Rewired
  • EIFF Works in Progress
  • EIFF Talent Lab

EIFF will again partner with a number of organisations to deliver a wide programme of events including Creative Europe, BFI NETWORK, BECTU Vision, Film Hub Scotland, Film City Futures, London Film Academy, Wellcome and PRS for Music.

EIFF’s Industry Programme is supported by Screen Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund. EIFF’s Talent Development programmes are funded through the PLACE Programme, a partnership between the Scottish Government (through Creative Scotland), the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals.

Holly Daniel, Head of Industry and Talent Development at EIFF said: “We are thrilled to have the continued support of our funders and event partners allowing us to deliver a broad programme of events, labs and networking opportunities fostering collaborations, discussions and new connections for our industry audiences. This year’s events address a range of current issues from diversity and equality in the animation and documentary sectors through to tackling the ever-changing distribution and exhibition landscapes.”

Councillor Donald Wilson, Convener of Culture and Communities at City of Edinburgh Council said: “We’re proud to continue our support of this wonderful festival that explores new ideas in filmmaking and is known for heralding and debating changes in cinema. It is a great example of what the PLACE programme, which aims to create pathways in film talent development for participants from across Scotland, can fund. This year’s wide-ranging programme of events for industry covers all areas of the process and champions networking and will pave the way for future collaborations. The programme of screenings, workshops, panels and tailored one-to-one sessions is fantastic and I encourage as many people as possible take advantage of the opportunity and get involved.”

EIFF Industry Events Programme

Events this year include: Casting Light on Casting Directors, where members of the Casting Society of America’s European chapter will discuss the casting process and the value the role can bring to a production; co-hosted with the Scottish Documentary Institute, Minding Non-Fiction will look at ethical documentary filmmaking and best practices for the mental health and wellbeing of both filmmaker and subject, and Women in Animation; The State of the Art will feature women working in the animation sector and the challenges for both experience and emerging talent in the sector.

There will also be a number of one-to-one meeting opportunities available along with 25/7, the annual speed meeting event in partnership with Scottish Film Talent Network, where 25 producers and 25 writers and writer/directors have ten seven-minute meetings to expand their networks and meet their peers.

EIFF Focus on Spain

As part of EIFF’s Focus on Spain the EIFF will welcome eight Spanish producers to the Festival to take part in a number of scheduled meetings with producers from across the UK to encourage new partnerships and on-going relationships supported by the Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales.

Distribution Rewired

The fifth edition of Distribution Rewird will take explore how the distribution landscape has changed and developed over the last five years. Additional events under this focus will include roundtables and a case study of Rehana Rose’s Dead Good which took part in the Distribution Rewired marketplace in 2018.

Ten pre-selected film projects will again be selected to take part in the 2019 Distribution Rewired marketplace where they will take part in meetings with key representatives from the industry to look at more creative approaches to distribution.

EIFF Works in Progress

EIFF Works in Progress will showcase ten of the most exciting new films from across the UK to an exclusively invited audience of sales agents, distributors, financiers and festival programmers, helping selected projects reach their ambitions of completion, distribution and exhibition. Both narrative fiction and documentary projects are selected via an open call and the event offers £2500 for the most promising project.

EIFF Talent Lab

The ninth EIFF Talent Lab is delighted to confirm its thirty talent filmmakers selected for this year’s four-day programme of workshops, panels, masterclasses and specially tailored one-to-one sessions. To support the development of their knowledge, skills and networks, participants will meet with industry guests including representatives from Cornerstone Films, Film4, Protagonist Pictures, Hanway Films, Casarotto Ramsay, Wellington Films, BBC Films, Bankside Films, Peccadillo Pictures and Pathé.

The 2019 Talent Lab participants include:

Screenwriters: Elaine Gracie, James Ley, Lynsey Murdoch, James Topham

Writer/Directors: Fateme Ahmadi, Christopher Bogle, Declan Dineen, Saeed Farouky, Tom Gentle, Stefan Georgiou, Rory Gibson, Jacqueline Pepall, Alison Piper, James Price, Simone Smith, Taratoa Stappard

Producers: Lisa Davies, Kira Fitzpatrick, Jenni Gould, Tom Kimberley, Fi Lewis, Jessie Mangum, Lucy Meer, Miriam Newman, Hélène Sifre, Reece Smith, Sabina Smitham, Oliver Sunley, Dominique Webb, Rebecca Wolff

How to Use a Festival for Distribution panel from a previous EIFF Industry programme

Screen Scotland Events at EIFF Industry

One to One Meetings | Screen Scotland Screen Officers

Sign up via Eventbrite for a 15 minute focused meeting with one of our Screen Officers to get professional advice and discuss your projects.

Open Session | Screen Scotland 

This open session will be led by our Executive Director, Isabel Davis, and is an opportunity to hear about what Screen Scotland offers. Specialist staff will discuss the support and services available, including new funding for professional development. Apply via Eventbrite to attend.

We will also be sponsoring a Networking Reception, inviting delegates to the Traverse Bar Café for a chance to mingle and discuss the day's events with fellow pass-holders.

More information

EIFF Industry events will take place in the dedicated venue, the EIFF Press & Industry Centre, housed once again in the Traverse Theatre. This venue will offer a space for both business and social activities over the 10 days of the Industry programme, which includes discussions, workshops and networking opportunities for all Festival pass-holders.

For Industry accreditation, please visit www.edfilmfestregistration.org.uk.

All events will be live from Wednesday 5 June. For more information visit https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/press-industry.

For more information on this year’s Festival visit www.edfilmfest.org.uk. The 73rd edition of EIFF runs from 19 – 30 June 2019.

For further information, please contact:

E: eiff@ddapr.com

T: 0207 932 9800

Notes to Editors

About Edinburgh International Film Festival

Established in 1947, Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history.

EIFF is supported by Screen Scotland, the PLACE Programme (a partnership between the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals), the BFI (awarding funds from the National Lottery), the Scottish Government through the Festivals Expo Fund, the City of Edinburgh Council, and EventScotland.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival Limited is a company registered in Scotland No: SC132453. It is a subsidiary of the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) which is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status with Scottish Charity No. SC006793. The Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) was established in 2010 with a mission to be at the forefront of the development of a vibrant and successful film and moving image industry and culture across Scotland and beyond. The CMI currently comprises EIFF, Filmhouse in Edinburgh and the Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen.