EIFF Announces 2013 Talent Development Participants And Industry Events

Today we announced the participants for the 2013 Talent Lab, Composers Lab and Sound Lab. These programmes will offer a variety of advice sessions, workshops and masterclasses for the next generation of film talent.

EIFF Talent Lab will bring together thirty emerging directors, producers and screenwriters with key UK and International film professionals in a number of ways to help advise and inspire them for the next steps in their careers. Taking place over four days, this initiative is supported through the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, by Creative Scotland, Creative England and Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded directly by industry through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF), as well as by the National Lottery via the BFI. Previous guests at Talent Lab include representatives from Bankside Films, Magnolia Pictures, The Salt Company, Film4, Soda Pictures and United Agents.

Talent Lab 2013 participants are:
Writers: Adam Dewar, Ewen Glass, Gail Hackston, Mandy Lee, Mark Robertson, Sharon Walker
Directors: David Lumsden, PJ Palmer
Writers/ Directors: James Alexandrou, Lucy Brydon, Mark Devenport, Silvia Felce, Zak Hanif, Karen Hope, Philip Peel, Siri Rodnes, Robert Samuels, Dan Smyth, Ian Waugh
Producers: Sarah Brocklehurst, Rosie Crerar, Rob Darnell, Emma Louise Dodds, Edward Hemming, Roxanne Holman, Jessica Levick, Lisa Mackintosh, James Pearcey, Ken Petrie, Kathy Speirs

The 2013 Sound and Composers Labs are supported by the Creative Scotland Creative Futures Fund. EIFF is delighted to be running these programmes again for emerging Scottish sound designers and composers. Composer participants are invited to talk with and learn from experienced industry professionals from the world of composition including composers Laura Rossi (The Cottage, London to Brighton), Jim Sutherland (I Am Breathing, Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle) and Jim Williams (Sightseers, A Field in England), orchestrator Matt Dunkley (The Great Gatsby, Stoker) and Oscar winning sound designer Jon Johnson (The Blind Side, U571).

The Sound Lab is partnered by Savalas, one of the UK’s leading sound post-production facilities, offering a unique opportunity for participants to fully understand feature film sound from beginning to end. The emphasis will be on the creative practice of film sound design, demonstrated with hands-on experience in a film production house.

2013 Participants are:
Sound Lab: Bethan Parkes, Ross Buchanan, Adrianne Louise Calgie, Patrick Collins, Jonathan Crosbie, Michael John Cumming, Ugne Pikutyte, Simone Smith

Composer Lab: Sonia Allori, Matthew Hogg, Francis Macdonald, Shona Mackay, Brian McAlpine, Rory McIntyre, Conrad Molleson, Matthew Whiteside

Chris Fujiwara, Artistic Director of EIFF said: “I’m very happy that our festival will once again this year contribute to the development of filmmaking talent through these vital programmes. The high level of accomplishment among the participants is an encouraging sign for the future of cinema.”

Dan Simmons, Head of Film at Creative Skillset said: Each year the UK and international film industry descends upon EIFF and it makes sense to harness that expertise whilst they are at the festival to benefit our emerging film talent, who can apply this knowledge and experience to their own careers and project development. Previous candidates at the Talent Lab have taken bold steps forwards in the Film Industry since their involvement, and we are confident that this year’s cohort will do the same.

In addition to development programmes, there is a strong focus on new talent across the Industry events programme including events on low budget filmmaking with the iFeatures team; a masterclass in digital distribution supported by Creative Skillset; and a focus on short film development with Collabor8te.

There will also be a number of masterclasses and in-conversation events with speakers including BAFTA nominated cinematographer Rob Hardy and internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky.

The full EIFF industry programme will take place over 10 days during the Festival. Key industry players will take part in discussions focusing on all areas of the filmmaking process, predominantly hosted at EIFF's delegate centre venue at the Traverse Theatre.

Creative Scotland will be supporting daily networking events with a wide selection of partners including BAFTA, Film London, Collabor8te, The Writers Guild of Great Britain, Scottish Documentary Institute, Screen Academy Scotland and Women in Film and Television.

EIFF welcomes over 1200 industry delegates, press and filmmakers each year. With its friendly and intimate atmosphere, EIFF encourages all visitors to watch films, network and make the most of all the events on offer.

Full details of all EIFF Industry Events and Industry Delegate Registration can be found on the Festival website:

Download the full press release here.

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