Edinburgh International Film Festival is delighted to be supported by the Scottish Government's newly announced PLACE programme, which is designed to enable festival programmes to be more diverse and global, benefitting new participants and future generations.

It will allow EIFF to build on the legacy of our work with young audiences in 2018 as part of The Year of Young People, and to create pathways in film talent development for participants from across Scotland as part of our renowned industry programme.

In a unique three-way partnership between The Scottish Government, The City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals, and supported and administered by Creative Scotland, the PLACE [Platforms for Creative Excellence] programme will provide £15 million over the next five years for a range of creative and community projects which will renew the Festivals’ ambition and purpose after the defining moment of their 70th anniversary.

The introduction of the five-year commitment of the Platforms for Creative Excellence Programme creates a strategic approach to evolving the future direction of the festivals through long-term developments and collaborations with global as well as Scottish partners.

Today’s announcement of the first £5.8m of this investment programme supports a huge range of local, national and international projects across three areas which will be game-changers for the scale, innovation and reach of the festivals.

We're excited to be part of this wide-ranging programme, designed to bring diverse global audiences and participants to our established arts festivals in Edinburgh.

More details of our PLACE initiatives will be announced as part of the Industry and Education programmes at the 2019 Festival.