This year, EIFF is offering a unique opportunity to take part in a bespoke programme of Industry Taster events, all free of charge and online.

If you're interested in working in the screen sector but never thought about getting an accrediation for a film festival then this day will give you a better idea of the types of events that film festivals have to offer and an insight into how film festivals can more widely support your progression.

Sign up for our events on Monday 23rd August and come and see what it's all about!

10.00 - 11.00  How to make the most of a film festival – whether you have a film in the programme or not, getting the most out of your festival experience is about so much more than just turning up and pitching your project to anyone you meet. This is an opportunity to get tips and advice on how to make the most of being at a festival from programmers and filmmakers. Moderating the discussion will be Allison Gardner (Glasgow Film) and she will be joined by producer Uzma Hasan (Little House Productions), programmer Alissa Simon (Palm Springs Film Festival) and filmmaker and script consultant, David Pope (Advance Films). Sign up to the How to make the most of a film festival session.

11.30 - 12.30  Producers in conversation – join up and coming Scottish producers to discuss how and why you should want to make the move into producing, how you find the right talent to work with, how you balance creativity with making a living and the challenges facing new producers following the pandemic. Moderated by Black Camel's Arabella Page Croft, producer speakers include Martin Conaghan, James Heath and Lindsay McGee. Sign up to the Producers in conversation session. 

13.30 - 14.30  Know the score: what a composer can bring to your film (supported by PRS  for Music) – join our panel of composers and music industry professionals to look at the composer and director relationship and why you should consider an original score for your film. Speakers include composers Lindsay Wright and Blair Mowat plus Jenna Fentiman, Head of Creative at Manners McDade. The panel will be moderated by Emma Ford, music supervisor. Sign up to the Know the score: what a composer can bring to your film session.

15.00 - 16.30  Film journey roundtables – sign up to our roundtables with BFI NETWORK Executives and industry professionals and partake in up to three discussions looking at the key stages of filmmaking from financing and development through to production and distribution strategies. Table hosts include representatives from BFI, Short Circuit, Northern Ireland Screen, Scottish Documentary Institute, Film Hub South West, Delaval Film, Signature Entertainment, Soul Cognition, Festival Formula and British Council. Sign up to the Film journey roundtables session.


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This event is generously supported by The Gannochy Trust, PRS  for Music and BFI NETWORK.

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