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 2020 is now closed for entries

The second edition of TALENT LAB CONNECTS runs from April to December 2020 and supports six project teams to develop a specific film with the support of EIFF, the TLC team and by an allocated industry mentor. 

TALENT LAB CONNECTS is an initiative for Talent Lab alumni and their collaborators which offers a fantastic opportunity to develop their 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. 

Deadline for applications: Friday 21st February at 10am. 

Previous Talent Lab alumni who have taken part include: Ian Waugh (Writer/Director, 2013); Benjamin Bee (Writer/Director, 2015); Linda Biney (Producer, 2015); Patrick Campbell (Producer, 2016); Loran Dunn (Producer, 2017); Savannah James-Bayley (Producer, 2017); Maria Caruana Galizia (Producer, 2018); Josefa Celestin (Writer/Director, 2018); Margarita Veberaite (Producer, 2018) 

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