Talent Development

Edinburgh International Film Festival has a strong track record of creating, shaping and managing innovative Talent Development programmes across all disciplines. Our aim is to build and expand on our previous initiatives and deliver quality programmes for filmmakers across Scotland, the UK and internationally.


Scottish Film Talent Network

SFTN is the Scottish section of the BFI NET.WORK, connecting the UK’s film agencies for the first time, bringing together experienced development teams and talent centres to offer hands-on and holistic development opportunities for promising UK writers, directors and producers who are yet to make their first feature film. Please go to the SFTN website - www.scottishfilmtalent.com for further information on the range of funding and development opportunities available.



EIFF Talent Lab offers thirty emerging directors, producers and screenwriters the chance to take part in our four day programme of workshops, roundtables, and individually tailored career and development advice sessions. Participants will be provided with the opportunity to be inspired and mentored by key industry professionals.


EIFF Network 2015 - Currently shortlisting for 2015

EIFF Network is an online development programme which offers participants access to an array of mentoring, support, advice and access to industry professionals over a nine month period.

Together with story editor Kate Leys, EIFF supports participants to build their own networks within Network and offers opportunities for development remotely rather than via residencies.

This initiative is funded by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund and by Creative Scotland.


EIFF Animation Lab 2015

Now confirmed for 2015, the next edition of the Animation Lab will offer twenty animation filmmakers, writers and producers a three day programme of events, masterclasses and networking opportunities during EIFF.