Meet Our New Director

A Statement from James Mullighan.

Hello. I am delighted to be running the Festival, one of the world's very best. For the last four years I've been running the international independent filmmakers networking community Shooting People, and will be full time in Edinburgh from Tuesday 8 February.

You might have read recently that we announced a radical shakeup of the way the Festival operates. That's true. For a start, I'm not the new Artistic Director; that position doesn't exist. We have invited former Festival Directors Mark Cousins and Lynda Myles, and Tilda Swinton to conceive a creative blueprint, which I will be delivering with the Festival production team led by Diane Henderson. Mark, Lynda and Tilda have conceived an overall theme of 'All That Heaven Allows'. They are inviting a series of guest curators, each of whom will be given the Festival - and Edinburgh itself - as a space in which to dream; think of what happens at London's South Bank Centre's Meltdown as an analogy, but several times across the Festival. We will be announcing the first fruits of that planning in early February.

You may also have read in that early announcement that we are doing away with red carpets, awards and juries, at least for 2011. That's true, and I can assure you that the Festival will remain an eminent showcase for the best of new work from around the world. So if you are thinking of submitting, please do so.

I've been interviewed about my new position a couple of times, and both the Scotsman and The Herald have written good, insightful pieces.

I look forward to meeting you in June.

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  • John Oliver Wednesday 19th January, 2011 / 15:10 GMT

    Liking the doing away with red carpets etc, lets get back to watching and enjoying films and away from pandering to "stars"!
  • Mark Sim Wednesday 19th January, 2011 / 15:52 GMT

    As long as it is change for the purpose of improvement and you remember your audiance rather than wrecking a succesful festival in order to give a privileged few a fine ego trip.

    I am disappointed about the loss of red carpets as it is the only chance for many of us to enjoy the glamour of hollywoods stars.
  • Keith H. Brown Thursday 20th January, 2011 / 01:37 GMT

    So what exactly are *you* doing then; most of your post is about other people and places and what they are doing. What is *your* unique vision? (To the extent that there is such a thing as a unique vision, as a Romantic trope / legacy)
  • David Watson Wednesday 26th January, 2011 / 20:57 GMT

    It will be interesting to go back to the time when there were no awards. In those days audience "buzz" was sufficient to get films such as "Annie Hall" a UK release. I hope that using Fringe venues will take into account issues of access for those with mobility and disability problems. Looking forward with interest to fuller details as they become available. Make my 32nd festival a great one. My first was Lynda Myles last one.

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