Edinburgh International Film Festival is thrilled to announce the selected projects for TALENT LAB CONNECTS 2022. TLC is a project development programme that seeks to support filmmaking teams in moving their projects forward in productive and effective ways. TLC was established in 2019 as an initiative for EIFF Talent Lab alumni and their collaborators to develop a feature film or serial drama project.

The selected teams for 2022 will commence by identifying a series of specific goals for their projects, then, through a programme of workshops; 121 meetings; and advice sessions, EIFF, along with Story Editor Kate Leys, and industry mentors will guide them towards achieving these goals. The programme will run online from April to December 2022. The aim of the programme is for participants to leave 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.

The selected projects and teams for this year’s TALENT LAB CONNECTS are:

  • BEFORE I WAKE - Producer: David Brown (Talent Lab 2017), Writer/Director: Kevin Pickering (Talent Lab 2018)

  • DROVERS ROAD - Producer: Deb Charles, Director: Robin Haig (Talent Lab 2016)

  • PUNZEL - Producer: Rajita Shah (Talent Lab 2012), Writer: Polly Courtney, Director: Tessa Hoffe

  • SUNBURN - Producer: Hollie Bryan, Writer/Director: Jack King (Talent Lab 2021)

  • THE COMPUTER - Producer: Jessie Mangum (Talent Lab 2019), Writer/Director: Lynsey Murdoch (Talent Lab 2019)

  • ULA (working title) - Producer: Cat Marshall, Writer: Lucy Kaya & Mandy Lee (Talent Lab 2012), Director: Alex Browning


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Launched in 2019, EIFF Talent Lab Connects is funded through the Platforms for Creative Excellence Programme, a partnership between the Scottish Government- through Creative Scotland - the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals and the Tay Charitable Trust.


Scottish Government and Creative Scotland