EIFF launches new Works in Progress award

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has announced the call for EIFF Works in Progress along with a new partnership with One Bright Dot to award the most promising project with £20,000 in-kind grading services to use against a future film production. One Bright Dot are a post-production facility based in Yorkshire specialising in Grade, Motion Graphics, VFX and Audio.

Running since 2016, EIFF Works in Progress supports UK filmmakers in their ambitions to reach completion, festival selection and distribution. Each year EIFF selects 10 projects to be presented to an audience of international sales agents, distributors, producers and festival programmers. A cash award of £2,500 is also presented to the winning project which will be selected based on showing the most promise, originality and clarity of vision.

EIFF Works in Progress will take place this year on Sunday 21st June. Previous projects selected include Cat in the Wall (Dir. Vesela Kazakova and Mina Mileva), which had its world premiere at Locarno Film Festival 2019, picked up the Screen International Critics Choice award at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and FIPRESCI Prize at Warsaw International Film Festival, Us Among the Stones (Dir. Dictynna Hood), which premiered at BFI London Film Festival 2019 and Jellyfish (Dir. James Gardner), which had its European premiere at EIFF 2018, going on to have a theatrical release.

Milly Ali, Commercial Director for One Bright Dot said: “We're thrilled to be the official sponsor of Edinburgh International Film Festival's Works in Progress industry initiative. We are passionate about encouraging the work of independent filmmakers in the UK and celebrating their growing talent. The very best of luck to all the filmmakers showcasing their work and we look forward to meeting as many of them as possible.”

Holly Daniel, Head of Industry and Talent at EIFF said: “We’re delighted to welcome One Bright Dot on board as a sponsor of EIFF Works in Progress. EWiP has become an important element of the EIFF Industry programme, providing an important platform for UK independent filmmakers to get their work seen by key decision makers.”

The 74th edition of EIFF runs from 17 - 28 June 2020. The full programme will be announced on 27 May 2020. For more information on the 2020 Festival, visit https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/.

Apply for EIFF Works in Progress

To read the full guidance and access the application forms for the Works in Progress programme, please visit https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/press-industry/industry/eiff-works-progress. The deadline to apply is 5pm on Monday 27 April.

Notes to Editors

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. Notable films premiered in recent years have included: Bait, The Souvenir, Cold War, Calibre, God’s Own Country, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Amy, Inside Out, 45 Years, A Most Wanted Man, Cold in July, The Imposter, Brave, Tabu, The Hurt Locker, Moon, Fish Tank, Let the Right One In, Man on Wire, Control, Knocked Up, Ratatouille, Little Miss Sunshine and Billy Elliot.

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.

One Bright Dot is a specialised post-production company for independent filmmakers. Based in West Yorkshire, they provide grade, vfx, audio and deliverables to a range of clients. The company has one of the most competitive rate cards in the industry and is in a position to offer post-production advance deals for the right projects. Their mission is to provide world class craft services to independent filmmakers to enable them to achieve award winning and commercial success.