EIFF Talent Bursary
We are delighted to announce that the 2013 EIFF Talent Bursary has been awarded to Stephen Brown, director of The Sea, which had its World Premiere at Edinburgh this year.
Stephen Brown is an award-winning film and TV Director with a long track record of making lively and effective programmes and films. Following a B.A in Social Anthropology and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Film Directing from Goldsmiths College, he has steadily worked his way up in the industry to cover a broad range of areas. Having done a spell in braodcast TV, Stephen turned to business TV, making films for clients across the board.
Stephen is an award-winning director of two short films:
BREATHING, (1992), starring Charlotte Coleman, won prizes at festivals in France, Hungary and Italy and was awarded a Silver Hugo at the 1993 Chicago Film Festival.
THE CURIOUS, (1995), starring David Suchet, Caroline Catz and Oliver Parker, was awarded funding under the Channel 4/BFI New Directors competition and subsequently screened twice on Channel 4 TV.
His first feature-film, THE SEA, (2013), produced by Luc Roeg, David Collins and Michael Robinson, is an adaptation of John Banville’s Booker Prize-winning novel and stars Ciaran Hinds, Rufus Sewell, Charlotte Rampling and Sinead Cusack and was premiered in competition for the Michael Powell Award at the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
My aspirations are to continue to explore a cinema of complex human relationships and emotions begun with my first feature, THE SEA. Film-making is a social art-form, both in the making and in its dissemination: being part of the Telluride Film Festival will get me out there, meeting people and simply having a brilliant time, building friendships and sharing ideas. It’s an opening to a broader international platform that will help me continue to grow as a film maker. - Stephen Brown
Stephen will be blogging about his experience from Telluride.
The EIFF Talent Bursary is offered in support of emerging filmmakers. This year, the EIFF Talent Bursary is being presented in partnership with the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado. The recipient of the bursary will receive the opportunity to attend Telluride 2013 as a guest of EIFF and to experience this prestigious and exclusive film festival.
EIFF will provide travel, accommodation and a subsistence allowance. Telluride will provide a film festival pass and other benefits including the chance to mingle and debate with the “who's who” of the film world at special events including the exclusive Patron's Brunch, Opening Night Feed, Labor Day Picnic and several VIP filmmaker gatherings, plus access to all courthouse conversations and noon seminars.
For 39 years, the Telluride Film Festival has built its outstanding reputation through a stellar selection of international films and guests, intriguing discussions, opportunities for filmmakers and film lovers to connect, and memorable special events. The Telluride Film Festival pays tribute to luminaries, discovers the new trend in cinema, and champions the historians with a rich and eclectic programme from around the world. Telluride starts the conversation on the world's most intriguing films and unlike many film festivals, which serve the commercial and marketing interests of the film industry; TFF provides an intimate and relaxed environment dedicated to the thoughtful exploration of the cinematic art form. This one weekend immersed in an unabashed carnival of film is the epitome of viewing, breathing, eating and talking cinema. This is THE SHOW.
I find it hard to believe that a festival of this kind can actually exist in the world -Asghar Farhadi, director of Academy Award winning film A SEPARATION
The Telluride Film Festival represents the rarest jewel in the crown of the festival- going experience. It is the most open, democratic and collegial of festivals, in addition to being one of the best programmed and run - Todd McCarthy, The Variety Guide to Film Festivals
This is actually one of the few film festivals that really is about seeing movies instead of just walking around and talking about them - Ben Affleck, introducing the first screening of ARGO
If it seems to exist on a higher plane than Cannes, Toronto or Sundance, this is not just a matter of altitude - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Please note: we are no longer accepting applications for the 2013 Bursary