2009 Trailblazers announced

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The 2009 class of EIFF Trailblazers has been announced, and this year's crop demonstrate the depth of new cinematic talent in Britain.

The Trailblazers programme is now entering its third year, and EIFF, in association with Skillset, is delighted to announce the class of 2009.

The intention of the Trailblazers showcase is to unite the work of the Skillset Screen Academies with that of EIFF.

The scheme aims to generate, encourage and promote new British talent, and give Skillset Screen Academy students and graduates an introduction to the UK film industry and the festival circuit.

Artistic Director Hannah McGill is delighted with this year's crop of cinematic talent.

"They vary in age and background and experience levels, but they're united by the risk-taking work and their clear potential," she commented.

"Our feature film programme has this year offered us a very inspiring range of new UK talent; while The Skillset Screen Academies always provide a very diverse and interesting set of work and this year is no exception.

"Congratulations to all of them and thanks as ever to Skillset for their collaboration on this part of our programme.”

In all there are 25 Trailblazers in 2009, including 10 involved in features screening at EIFF. These are:

Emily Beecham, The Calling, Actor
Leigh Campbell, Kicks, Screenwriter
Lawrence Gough, Salvage, Director
Kerrie Hayes, Kicks, Actor
Stuart Hazeldine, Exam, Director/ Screenwriter
Katie Jarvis, Fish Tank, Actor
Gerard Johnson, Tony, Director/Screenwriter
Bryan Larkin, Running in Traffic, Actor/ Screenwriter
Justin Molotnikov, Crying with Laughter, Director
Kyle Ward, A Boy Called Dad / Salvage, Actor

The Trailblazers selected from the Skillset Screen Academy Network are:

The National Film & Television School, A Skillset Screen & Media Academy
Ralitza Petrova, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, Director
Michelle Eastwood, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, Producer
Stuart Earl, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, Composer
Vanessa Stockley, EMMA & BEN, Director/ Cinematographer
Mikael Svartdahl, EMMA & BEN, Editor

Skillset Screen Academy Wales
Robert Evans, CRESCENDO, Animator
Michael O'Sullivan, CRESCENDO, Animator

Bournemouth Skillset Screen & Media Academy
David Bell, TOY, Writer/Director/Producer/Animator
Momodou Musa Touray, SWEET MOTHER, Director

Edinburgh Skillset Screen & Media Academy
Eva Pervolovici, DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE, Director
Shehzad Afzal, DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE, Producer

The London Film School, A Skillset Screen Academy
Erik Bostedt, CAPTURING SPACE, Director

Skillset Screen Academy at London College of Communication & Ealing Institute of Media
Tatiana Korol, AKBULAK, Director/ Screenwriter
Kasia Sobocinska, AKBULAK, Cinematographer

The Trailblazing shorts programme is screened on Monday 22 June at 12:00 and Tuesday 23 June at 12:00.

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