Bloggers unite

During a hectic first day of the fest, I finally got to meet my fellow bloggers, and our online audience are in for a treat.

This being the first year we've had blogs at EIFF, I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew we needed an outside perspective - I'm unashamedly a huge fan of the Festival - but was delighted to snag Ryan Denmark and Claudia Puig as contributors.

I met up with Ryan in the Delegates Centre yesterday afternoon to film an interview for EIFFtv and, while it wasn't quite Frost/Nixon, I could tell it was the beginning of beautiful realtionship.

Ryan was accompanied by the co-writer of Romeo and Juliet vs The Living Dead, Jason Witter (more on whom in later posts), and the pair are set to rock the festival in any number of ways. Indeed, after reading Ryan's first couple of entries, I was almost tempted to hang up my Blackberry. Great stuff.

At the Away We Go party that evening I finally got to meet our Jury blogger - the USA Today film critic Claudia Puig.

It's no exaggeration to say that Claudia is one of the biggest names in the world of film criticism and, at the risk of gushing, I'm a little humbled to have her contribute. It says a lot about Claudia that she's willing to chip in with the blog in the midst of a hectic jury schedule.

It's not often at a film festival that you get the chance to see behind the scenes with the Jury. In fact I've never come across a blog from a Jury member, so don't miss the chance to check Claudia's posts. Besides any of which, she's a brilliant writer (sorry, gushing again).

So there we go - EIFF 2009 has kicked off, and the crack blogging team is in place. Why, I feel like the luckiest editor in the world.

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Colan has a background in film criticism, and was drafted in to bring you great content on this very website.

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