Back on the road

Is it over??! Outwardly perhaps, but there is no rest for the wickedly devoted/delirious programming team.

Only a week after the festival, while I retired to my bed for some much needed sleep, our Artistic Director kicked off the search for our 2010 programme by heading to Karlovy Vary Film Festival. By all accounts it was a whirlwind visit but definitely worthwhile as she even got to catch up with our Skillset New Director Winner, Cary Jogi Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) for a celebratory drink and a boogie.

Next up Diane (Deputy Artistic Director) was whisked away to Expression En Corto festival in Mexico to sit on their Documentary jury. Despite lost luggage and falling pray to a non-swine variety flu she had a great time, loved the festival which is interestingly held over two cities, met some amazing people and caught up with one of our filmmakers, Simon El Habre of One Man Village to whom the Expression En Corto doc jury provided an honorary mention.

And finally, last weekend Hannah headed to Sarajevo to sit on their Short Film jury. From her emails it sounds as though it is a really creative festival with the bonus of beautiful surroundings but we will get a full low-down next week when we all get back to the office.

After that we will be forcing Hannah to take a well-deserved break before the circus that is Venice and Toronto begins in September. Hannah will be attending both while Diane will be heading to Copenhagen to the CPH Film Festival and I will be representing the team at Gdynia Film Festival followed by the Holland Film Meeting in Utrecht.

After that, in October our Senior Programmer Rob Hope will pick up the EIFF baton and fly it all the way to South Korea to forage for some gems at the Pusan International Film Festival while Hannah will head to Vienna for the Viennale which is hosting a tribute to our very own patron Tilda Swinton.

But, of course, Film Festivals are not our only source for the programme. This year our Best International Feature winner Easier With Practise came through our submissions process proving how valuable it is to EIFF’s programme. Submissions are set to open on 2nd November so if you have a film you want us to consider please submit online at

So for now i'll leave you to digest our diary while I go and dip my feet in the behemoth that is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - if the comedy doesn't make me laugh i'm coming straight home to watch Heathers...


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Programming Assistant Kirsten began at EIFF on placement as a Submissions Assistant in 2006 and has been hooked ever since! She has also worked at Toronto Int FIlm Festival and Sheffield Doc/Fest.


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