EIFF Talent Lab

EIFF Talent Lab gives up-and-coming filmmakers an amazing opportunity to learn from the world’s key film industry players. Emerging Scottish, UK and international directors, producers and screenwriters will be offered the unmissable chance to discuss the industry, their projects and their ideas with a selection of invited industry professionals including sales agents, executive producers, literary agents, story editors and distributors.

Drawing on the Festival’s successful track record in talent development, over four days, EIFF Talent Lab leads 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, all with the aim of honing skills and building confidence within a new generation of filmmakers.

Over the last seven years, EIFF has supported 185 emerging filmmakers through Talent Lab. Past participants of the Lab have gone onto produce and release a number of fantastic short and feature film projects which have screened at some of the top international film festivals. Through the Lab, filmmakers have made new connections, built potential working partnerships and gained a large support network of peers.


Successful applicants will be invited to attend:
• 1-2-1 meetings where, over an afternoon, participants are matched with film industry professionals with whom they will discuss their work.
• Industry-focussed discussions covering a variety of contemporary, relevant topics.
• Bespoke workshops and masterclasses with established professionals from various disciplines.
• An invitation to EIFF’s 2017 Ceilidh in celebration of Scottish filmmaking and EIFF talent development programmes.
• Countless networking opportunities to meet with contemporaries, fellow participants, filmmakers from the EIFF 2017 programme and industry figures attending the Festival.

Previous guests have included representatives from BBC Films, Bold Films, Film4, Protagonist Pictures, United Agents, Just Film Distributions, Mongrel Media, Prescience Film Finance, British Film Company, Soda Pictures, EOne, Sky, United Agents, Carnaby International, Young Films, The Works Film Group, Pathe, StudioCanal, and Casarotto Ramsay.

Who can apply?
This programme is open to all filmmakers with a minimum of either a feature film or two short film credits as director, writer or producer. All applicants must be looking to make a feature for their next project. The Talent Lab is tailored towards feature fiction projects and we do not accept documentary projects at this time.
Applications are encouraged from Scottish and UK filmmakers. There are a small number of places available for international participants who are applying with a project or team that has a UK/Scottish connection.
We are happy to accept applications from teams working on the same project, but each team member must submit an application individually. Each application will be considered on merit.

The EIFF Talent Lab will take place 23 - 26 June 2017.

Applications to the EIFF Talent Lab 2017 are now open!

To apply please download and read the Application Guidelines and fill out and return the Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form, along with the supporting documents to industry@edfilmfest.org.uk, with 'EIFF Talent Lab 2017' in the subject heading.

The deadline for applications is Monday 1 May 2017 at 5pm.

EIFF Talent Lab Participants 2016

If you have any questions please contact: industry@edfilmfest.org.uk.

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





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