Screen International brings British film to EIFF

EIFF and Screen International launch a major new conference about British Film

As ticket sales open for the 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival, we are pleased to announce a major new film industry conference, developed and produced in partnership with leading global trade brand Screen International.

Supported by the British Film Institute (BFI), the day-long conference titled 'What is the State of the British Film Nation?’ is curated by Screen International Editor Mike Goodridge and EIFF Director James Mullighan. Taking place on Friday 17 June, the event will see lively and constructive presentations, discussions and debates, with leading industry names exploring co-productions, finance, audience development and more.

In a year which saw the UK Film Council being subsumed into the BFI, speakers will address new sources of financing and revenue and look to the future of the British film industry, which still offers one of the richest talent bases in the world. Some of the conference sessions and confirmed speakers include:


  • When America sneezes: Hollywood, and the UK industry. Duncan Heath (Independent Talent Group Ltd) and Iain Canning (producer, See-Saw Films: The Kings Speech).
  • The small, silver screen – the inexorable rise of cinematic television. Ruby Films (Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe, and Cary Fukanaga’s Jane Eyre) and Stephen Garrett (executive producer Kudos Film and Television (Spooks, Life on Mars).
  • Target thy audience, UK producer. Mia Bays (Creative Executive, Microwave, and producer Missing in Action Films), Andy Whittaker (Chairman, Dogwoof) and Pete Buckingham (Head of Distribution and Exhibition, BFI).
  • Co-productions: why the British should love Europe Gillian Berrie (producer Sigma Films: Perfect Sense, Young Adam).

Mike Goodridge, Editor, Screen International, commented that, "Screen International is delighted to be partnered with the Edinburgh International Film Festival on this conference which will take an intelligent and hopefully provocative look at the UK industry in light of the public funding reorganisation into the BFI. We are lining up a terrific range of industry experts to talk to the issues of the day and excited that the day will raise constructive discussion about the nuts and bolts of financing film today.”

James Mullighan, Director, Edinburgh International Film Festival added, "In the 65th year of EIFF we are proud to be working with a wide range of new partners, and our relationship with Screen International is something of which I am especially proud. I believe this event to be unmissable for anyone whose business is the business of film.”

Delegates purchasing festival and conference passes can benefit from a combined rate, with tickets purchased from Further participants will be announced here in early June.

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