Been around the world

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It's been a non-stop globetrot for the programming team since the turn of the year. Read on to find out which glamorous locations we've been stopping off at.

Programming for a film festival - especially a film festival of discovery like EIFF - involves a lot of air miles, and it doesn't get any busier than January and February, which is really prime picking season for international features.

Just how many continents and countries have we covered in the last 30 days? Well, let's see...

Probably the most famous of them all, Sundance, was visited by Hannah and Assistant Director Diane, and it was, by all reports, a strong year for Robert Redford's flagship fest.

I took the relatively short, and very rewarding trip, to Rotterdam for IFFR and, literally, crossed paths with our latest addition to the team, Neil Young. Rotterdam's built a well-deserved reputation for being a great attraction for film-lovers and industry types alike.

It's buzzing in much the same way as EIFF, with the whole town coming to life, and has lots of left-field fare.

Meanwhile Rod White went further north to Gothenburg for the Nordisk Film Market. Has Rod found this year's Let The Right One In? Only time will tell.

But right now, at this very moment, I'm on a (very brief) break from the beast that is the Berlinale. It's a very important festival in world terms, with a huge programme, so an EIFF crew of, count 'em, six of us are systematically devouring the features.

Of course, you'll all want to know what we've discovered. Well, so far we've found... sorry, can't quite let you in on that yet.

Don't worry, not long now till the big announcement.

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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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