EIFF Talent Lab

EIFF Talent Lab gives up-and-coming filmmakers a fantastic 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 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, all with the aim of honing skills and building confidence within a new generation of filmmakers.

The 2014 EIFF Talent Lab ran from Friday 20 to Monday 23 June. Participants also received a full festival Industry pass to allow them to immerse themselves in all the events and passholder screenings on offer.

Talent Lab 2014 participants:

Writers – Raisah Ahmed, Rick Hughes, Frances O’Neill,

Directors – Andrew Cumming, Isabelle Sieb, Sebastian Solberg,

Writer/Directors – Maurice Caldera, 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, Karen O’Hare, Akua Obeng-Frimpong, Christopher Smith

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






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