As we approach the 10th anniversary of EIFF Talent Lab, we continue to offer opportunities of support and development for our past participants to help them and their projects move forward in whatever ways they need!

Talent Lab Connects runs from April to December 2019 and supports six project teams to develop a specific film with the support of EIFF, the TLC team and by an allocated industry mentor.

Selected Projects:


Writer/Director: Onyinye Egenti

Producer: Linda Biney (2015 Alumni)                                                 


Writer/ Director: Ian Waugh (2013 Alumni)     

Producers: Patrick Campbell (2016 Alumni) and Maria Drandaki                 


Writer Director: Jack Benjamin Gill

Producer: Loran Dunn (2017 Alumni)                                                


Writer/ Director: Amrou Al-Kadhi

Producer: Savannah James-Bayly (2017 Alumni)                                         


Writer/Director: Benjamin Bee (2015 Alumni)

Producer: Maria Caruana Galizia (2018 Alumni)                               


Writer: Matt Brothers    

Director: Josefa Celestin (2018 Alumni)         

Producer: Margarita Veberaite  (2018 Alumni)                      

TALENT LAB CONNECTS is a new initiative for Talent Lab alumni which offers a fantastic opportunity to develop a feature film or serial television drama project, supported by industry professionals.

EIFF and Story Editor Kate Leys will support teams to identify a series of specific goals for their projects at the beginning of the process, and guide them towards achieving these goals throughout the programme. There will be bespoke support in the form of script and story feedback and advice for ways to access further support in the industry.

Participants will leave the programme with a strong, clear story outline; wherever possible a first draft screenplay; a pitch; and a clearer idea of where their project sits within the market.

Talent Lab Connects Team 2019
Talent Lab Connects, June 2019

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


Scottish Government and Creative Scotland