Announcing our 2019 Industry events programme which offers a number of activities to support networking, talent development and future collaborations and will cover all sections of the filmmaking process.

“We are thrilled to have the continued support of our funders and event partners allowing us to deliver a broad programme of events, labs and networking opportunities fostering collaborations, discussions and new connections for our industry audiences. This year’s events address a range of current issues from diversity and equality in the animation and documentary sectors through to tackling the ever-changing distribution and exhibition landscapes.” - Holly Daniel, Head of Industry and Talent Development at EIFF

The Programme includes:

  • EIFF Industry Events Programme
  • EIFF Focus on Spain
  • Distribution Rewired
  • EIFF Works in Progress
  • EIFF Talent Lab

EIFF will again partner with a number of organisations to deliver a wide programme of events including Creative Europe, BFI NETWORK, BECTU Vision, Film Hub Scotland, Film City Futures, London Film Academy, Wellcome and PRS for Music.

EIFF’s Industry Programme is supported by Screen Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund.  EIFF’s Talent Development programmes are funded through the PLACE Programme, a partnership between the Scottish Government (through Creative Scotland), the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals.

“We’re proud to continue our support of this wonderful festival that explores new ideas in filmmaking and is known for heralding and debating changes in cinema. It is a great example of what the PLACE programme, which aims to create pathways in film talent development for participants from across Scotland, can fund. This year’s wide-ranging programme of events for industry covers all areas of the process and champions networking and will pave the way for future collaborations. The programme of screenings, workshops, panels and tailored one-to-one sessions is fantastic and I encourage as many people as possible take advantage of the opportunity and get involved.” - Councillor Donald Wilson, Convener of Culture and Communities at City of Edinburgh Council

Industry Event: A young person with long red hair in animated discussion with a groupEIFF INDUSTRY EVENTS PROGRAMME

Events this year include: CASTING LIGHT ON CASTING DIRECTORS, where members of the Casting Society of America’s European chapter will discuss the casting process and the value the role can bring to a production; co-hosted with the Scottish Documentary Institute MINDING NON-FICTION will look at ethical documentary filmmaking and best practices for the mental health and wellbeing of both filmmaker and subject, and WOMEN IN ANIMATION; THE STATE OF THE ART will feature women working in the animation sector and the challenges for both experience and emerging talent in the sector.

There will also be a number of one-to-one meeting opportunities available along with 25/7, the annual speed meeting event in partnership with Scottish Film Talent Network, where 25 producers and 25 writers and writer/directors have ten seven-minute meetings to expand their networks and meet their peers.


As part of EIFF’s FOCUS ON SPAIN the EIFF will welcome eight Spanish producers to the Festival to take part in a number of scheduled meetings with producers from across the UK to encourage new partnerships and on-going relationships supported by the Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales.


The fifth edition of DISTRIBUTION REWIRED will take explore how the distribution landscape has changed and developed over the last five years. Additional events under this focus will include round-tables and a case study of Rehana Rose’s Dead Good which took part in the Distribution Rewired marketplace in 2018.

Ten pre-selected film projects will again be selected to take part in the 2019 Distribution Rewired marketplace where they will take part in meetings with key representatives from the industry to look at more creative approaches to distribution.

Industry Talent Lab - Two lines of people sit on chairs facing each other.EIFF WORKS IN PROGRESS

EIFF WORKS IN PROGRESS will showcase ten of the most exciting new films from across the UK to an exclusively invited audience of sales agents, distributors, financiers and festival programmers, helping selected projects reach their ambitions of completion, distribution and exhibition. Both narrative fiction and documentary projects are selected via an open call and the event offers £2500 for the most promising project.


The ninth EIFF TALENT LAB is delighted to confirm its thirty talent filmmakers selected for this year’s four-day programme of workshops, panels, masterclasses and specially tailored one-to-one sessions. To support the development of their knowledge, skills and networks, participants will meet with industry guests including representatives from Cornerstone Films, Film4, Protagonist Pictures, Hanway Films, Casarotto Ramsay, Wellington Films, BBC Films, Bankside Films, Peccadillo Pictures and Pathé.

The 2019 Talent Lab participants include:

Screenwriters: Elaine Gracie, James Ley, Lynsey Murdoch, James Topham

Writer/Directors: Fateme Ahmadi, Christopher Bogle, Declan Dineen, Saeed Farouky, Tom Gentle, Stefan Georgiou, Rory Gibson, Jacqueline Pepall, Alison Piper, James Price, Simone Smith, Taratoa Stappard

Producers: Lisa Davies, Kira Fitzpatrick, Jenni Gould, Tom Kimberley, Fi Lewis, Jessie Mangum, Lucy Meer, Miriam Newman, Hélène Sifre, Reece Smith, Sabina Smitham, Oliver Sunley, Dominique Webb, Rebecca Wolff

EIFF Industry events will take place in dedicated venue, the EIFF Press & Industry Centre, housed once again in the Traverse Theatre. This venue will offer a space for both business and social activities over the 10 days of the Industry programme which include discussions, workshops and networking opportunities for all Festival passholders.


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All events will be live from Wednesday 5 June.

More information on industry events here.