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EIFF Network Participants Announced

Edinburgh International Film Festival is proud to announce the feature film projects and filmmaking teams who will be participating in the second year of their development and mentoring programme for screenwriters, directors and producers, NETWORK. NETWORK is delivered by EIFF in partnership with Story Editor, Kate Leys.

The NETWORK participants are:
• Screenwriter Neil Hepburn, director Ben Soper and producers Katie Crook and Olivia Gifford with their thriller NIGHT FALLS
• Producer Tessa Inkelaar and writer/director Christopher Andrews with their contemporary British Western SCUTTLER
• Writer/director Chamoun Issa with a love story set against the backdrop of a modern war, BULLETPROOF
• Producer Christine Cheung with her slate including drama FALLING LEAVES
• Writer/director Jessica Townsend with an alternative road movie SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEE
• Screenwriter Lucy Campbell with her thriller PIG CHILD

Kate Leys commented: “We’re thrilled to be working with such a brilliant line-up of talent and such a wide range of great stories. These are filmmakers who will hit the ground running.”

Ken Hay, CEO of EIFF, said: “EIFF is committed to supporting the development of the next generation of filmmaking talent. NETWORK is a key element of that support. We’re delighted with the selection of such a strong cohort of fantastic talent and are looking forward to welcoming all of the participants to Edinburgh in June.”

NETWORK is supported by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2 and Creative Scotland’s Creative Futures Programme. NETWORK is designed to join the dots in a fragmented industry and to connect filmmaking teams with the industry as they develop feature projects.

Dan Simmons, Head of Film at Creative Skillset said: This is a fantastic pool of emerging talent who will really profit from the industry connections and bespoke mentoring that Network facilitates; addressing the needs of each project and the team behind it. We look forward to following the journey of each talent team over the coming year.

Scott Donaldson, Portfolio Manager, Special Projects – Development at Creative Scotland, said: “It’s vital to the future success of filmmaking in Scotland and throughout the UK that new creative talent is given opportunities to develop their skills and careers, through realising projects, making new contacts and learning from their peers. Creative Scotland is pleased to be supporting NETWORK to work with this exciting group of creatives and help them take the next important steps in their journey as professional filmmakers.”

NETWORK is aimed at screenwriters, directors and producers, working individually and in teams, and runs across ten months during which teams will work closely with mentors, develop their films and take them out into the industry. Participants come from across the UK and have backgrounds in all areas of filmmaking. NETWORK will connect them with each other and with industry professionals so that with guidance, feedback and pooled skills they can move through the development process and towards finance and production.

Mentors in 2012 were producer Ivana MacKinnon, writer/producer Peter Ettedgui, producer Mia Bays and writer/director Clio Barnard. Guest mentors included writer/director Josh Appignanesi, producer Allon Reich and screenwriter Olivia Hetreed.

NETWORK will run until November 2013. All participants will attend the EIFF between the 19 June and 30 June. The teams will meet again at the London Film Festival just before NETWORK finishes at the end of the year.

You can download the full press release here.
 

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