EIFF Announces Talent Development Participants

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Edinburgh International Film Festival is delighted to announce the participants of our 2014 Talent Development programme.

Using the Festival's outstanding relationships with acclaimed filmmakers and leading industry professionals, our talent development initiatives offer emerging talent an unprecedented opportunity to discuss their projects and ideas with leading industry professionals with the aim to inspire and hone their skills and careers.

EIFF’s Industry & Talent Development Manager, Holly Daniel, commented: “We are delighted to continue to offer opportunities for up and coming talent through our various programmes. There was an extremely high standard of applicants across all programmes for 2014 and we look forward to welcoming our talented participants to EIFF.”


EIFF Talent Lab

Taking place four days, the EIFF Talent Lab will lead 30 participants in group discussions, workshops and networking events as well as hosting an invaluable afternoon of 1-2-1 advice and information sessions with experienced industry insiders.

Emerging Scottish, UK and international directors, producers and screenwriters are offered the chance to discuss the their projects and ideas with a selection of invited industry professionals including sales agents, executive producers, literary agents, story editors and distributors.

Talent Lab 2014 participants are:
Writers – Raisah Ahmed, Rick Hughes, Frances O’Neill,
Directors – Andrew Cumming, Isabelle Sieb, Sebastian Solberg,
Writer/Directors – Sonia Castang, James Eaves, Stuart Elliott, Graham Hughes, Jenny Lu, Graeme Maley, Rahim Moledina, Becky Preston, Neil Rolland, Ben Sharrock, Colin Ross Smith, Jack Weatherley
Writer/Producer – John McKay
Producers – Naysun Alae-Carew, David Allain, Linda Campbell, Nicholas Crum, Irune Gurtubai, Bianca Herold, Liam Garvo, Meave McMahon, Karen O’Hare, Akua Obeng-Frimpong, Christopher Smith

The 2014 EIFF Talent Lab will run from Friday 20 to Monday 23 June.

EIFF Talent Lab is supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund and by Creative Scotland.


EIFF Composers Lab 

Over five days, eight Scottish and Northern Irish composers will attend EIFF to learn from leading film composers, directors, music editors and supervisors who will lend their insight, advice and expertise.

The Composers Lab offers a unique chance for emerging composers to meet with some of the most successful professionals in their field and to find out what the real score is in the world of moving image composition

Our Composers Lab 2014 participants are:
Martin Hailey, Joseph Harney, Alexander Horowitz, David MacKay, Atzi Muramatsu, Karine Polwart, David Simpson, Shauna Tohill, David Watson

The Composers Lab is funded by Creative Scotland's Creative Futures programme and supported by PRS for Music.

The EIFF Composers Lab will run from Monday 23 to Friday 27 June.



EIFF Animation Lab

EIFF Animation Lab will provide emerging animation filmmakers with a unique opportunity to meet with their peers and with industry professionals from the world of animation filmmaking. 

Animation Lab 2014 participants are:
Christopher Amor, Susan Ball, Chantal Beaulne, Mark Boston, Annette Bowery, Kate Charter, Fraser Croall, Alice de Barrau, Audrey Dooley, Aoife Doyle, Shona Doyle, Fernanda Frick, Joe Hardy, Dominica Harrison, Niamh Herrity, Craig Kirk, Abigail Lamb, Claire Lamond, Aggie Lee Pak Yee, Carla MacKinnon, Flora Martyr, Neil McDonald, Conrad Molleson, Jonathan Mortimer, Marc Moynihan, Danielle Phelps, Paula Poveda, Amanda Richardson, Eleanor Stewart, Andreea Sticlea, Kayla Stuhr, Helen Woolston, Mal Young.

The EIFF Animation Lab will take place on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 June.

EIFF Animation Lab is supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund and by Creative Scotland.


For those who are not involved in this year's Talent Labs, we have another great initiative in the Short Film Challenge...


Short Film Challenge

In line with EIFF’s commitment to nurturing emerging talent, we are calling all aspiring filmmakers for a chance to showcase their work during the Edinburgh Fringe and via our own on demand service, Filmhouse Player.


If you are based in Scotland and like the chance showcase your vision and talent, then our brand new short film competition – the EIFF Short Film Challenge, could be for you.

The deadline for entries is Friday June 6. Click here for details.

For further information on EIFF’s Talent Development programming, click here.

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