EIFF Talent Lab’s eleventh edition takes place from Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th August providing emerging talent with a fantastic opportunity to learn from the world’s key film industry players over a four-day residential during Edinburgh International Film Festival. Industry guests represented at the lab this year include Altitude Films, Bankside Films, BBC Films, Cornerstone Films, Film4, MUBI and Sky.

This year’s Talent Lab Participants are:


·       Adam Smith  

·       Alexander Handschuh  

·       Angela Gourley 

·       Danielle Goff 

·       Hugh Mann Adamson 

·       Jennifer Corcoran 

·       Lena Vurma 

·       Mark Lacey 

·       Nan Davies 

·       Natalie Louise 

·       Ryan Bennett 

·       Siobhan Fahey 

·       Sophie Freeman 



·       Alia Ghafar 

·       Avril Evans 

·       Debora Bottino 

·       Dhivya Kate Chetty 

·       Jessi Gutch  

·       Leyla Josephine Coll-O'Reilly 

·       Maryam Hamidi  

·       Niamh McKeown 

·       Paul Sng  

·       Rory Power-Gibb 

·       Lucy Rose  



·       Dan Shaw  

·       Gillian McCormack  

·       Kefi Chadwick  

·       KT Roberts 

·       Nathalie Ahmadzadeh  

·       Rachelle Atalla  


EIFF Talent Lab provides emerging talent with a fantastic opportunity to learn from the world’s key film industry players over a four day residential during Edinburgh International Film Festival. Selected filmmakers will take part in meetings, discussions and networking opportunities to help develop their projects, their careers, and themselves.

At the centre of the EIFF Talent Lab is 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.

EIFF invites Scottish, UK and international directors, producers and screenwriters to apply for this unmissable chance to discuss their projects and ideas with a selection of invited industry professionals including sales agents, executive producers, literary agents, story editors and financiers.

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EIFF Talent Lab is funded through the PLACE Programme, a partnership between the Scottish Government - through Creative Scotland - the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals and by the Tay Charitable Trust.

EIFF Talent Lab 121 sessions are sponsored by CodeBase.


Scottish Government and Creative Scotland