Talent Development

Edinburgh International Film Festival has a strong track record of creating, shaping and managing innovative Talent Development programmes across all disciplines. Our aim is to build and expand on our previous initiatives and deliver quality programmes for filmmakers across Scotland, the UK and internationally.



EIFF CONNECTIONS (previously EIFF Network) is an online development programme which offers participants access to an array of mentoring, support, advice and access to industry professionals over a nine month period.

Together with story editor Kate Leys, EIFF supports participants to build their own networks within CONNECTIONS and offers opportunities for development remotely rather than via residencies.

This initiative is funded by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund and by Creative Scotland.

Scottish Film Talent Network- Rolling Applications

SFTN is the Scottish section of the BFI NET.WORK, connecting the UK’s film agencies for the first time, bringing together experienced development teams and talent centres to offer hands-on and holistic development opportunities for promising UK writers, directors and producers who are yet to make their first feature film.

Please go to the SFTN website - www.scottishfilmtalent.com for further information on the range of funding and development opportunities available.

EIFF Talent Lab 2016 - Opens March 2016

EIFF Talent Lab offers thirty emerging directors, producers and screenwriters the chance to take part in our four day programme of workshops, roundtables, and individually tailored career and development advice sessions. Participants will be provided with the opportunity to be inspired and mentored by key industry professionals.

Step Ahead Mentorship Programme- Closed for 2015

Step Ahead is a bespoke mentoring programme, delivered by the Centre for the Moving Image in partnership with Film Hub Scotland and funded by Creative Scotland’s Screen Skills Fund to support film exhibition professionals in Scotland.

Step Ahead is looking for eight ambitious individuals, employed or freelance, who are working in any specialism within film exhibition and who would benefit from mentoring.

EIFF Short Film Challenge - Winners Announced

EIFF is delighted to announce the second year of our short film competition, the EIFF Short Film Challenge. We are looking for filmmakers and potential filmmakers to get their imaginations in gear and send us in a film relating to this year's theme 'LIGHT'. Winners will receive and all expenses paid trip to Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival in September.

EIFF Animation Lab 2015 - Closed for 2015 

The Animation Lab offers twenty animation filmmakers, writers and producers a three day programme of events, masterclasses and networking opportunities during EIFF.

Wellcome Trust Ideas Lab 2015 - Closed for 2015

The Wellcome Trust Ideas Lab is a rare opportunity for talented, distinctive screenwriters and writer/directors to develop story ideas by immersing themselves in the world of biomedical research during the Edinburgh International Film Festival.










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