A great time had by all

No festival would be complete without its very own party circuit and EIFF is no different.

In the four years I've been working with the Festival it's fair to say that I've been to a function or two, but the 2009 circuit has been the best yet.

Festival bashes come in all shapes and sizes - from the spectacular Opening Night and Homecoming parties (which my fellow bloggers, Ryan and Claudia, reported from), to the more intimate affairs, such as The September Issue reception hosted by distributor Momentum this evening.

Suitably enough for a documentary set in the fashion world, the reception took place in the plush surroundings of Edinburgh's Missoni Hotel - the Prosecco was flowing as freely as the conversation, and the canapes were exceptional. It's a hard job, and all that...

Please don't get green-eyed... the truth is that EIFF staff are more often than not working at these functions. Our tireless Development team work with sponsors, distributors et al to ensure that things go off without a hitch and that a great time is had by all.

Just as importantly, these are ideal opportunities for filmmakers and industry folk to make contacts and network. EIFF is about introducing new talent to the audience and the industry.

Almost inevitably these functions are attended by those most experienced of liggers - the fine gentlemen and ladies of the press. Glancing around the room tonight I spotted The Daily MIrror's David Edwards (a seasoned pro of the party scene), Empire's Damon Wise, Joe Utichi of Rotten Tomatoes... I could go on.

Oh, and then there's the celebs. Is there gossip to be had? Well, that would be telling...

And so, to tomorrow night's calendar. The Le Donk party looks like it'll be a blast, with rapper Scor-zay-zee performing live and Paddy Considine on the decks.

Just when I thought the Festival couldn't get any better...


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