We have a new name! EIFF Network is now EIFF CONNECTIONS!

EIFF CONNECTIONS 2016 Participants:

Writer/director Ben Sharrock and producer Irune Gurtubai with their feature SPUTNIK, about a Syrian refugee meeting a former astronaut in the Arctic Circle.
Writer/director Adina Istrate with her sci fi feature set in a training camp for Mars explorers, THE TROJAN CANDIDATE, produced by Giannina La Salvia.
Paul Frankl, writer/director, with ROXANNE, his transgender story about a sex worker moving on and growing up, produced by Gavin Humphries
Screenwriter Emer Kenny and director Isabelle Sieb with their film DELPHINE, a darkly funny rites of passage story about a stubborn twentysomething and her even more stubborn grandmother
Artist filmmaker Sven Werner with OCULISTA, a strange and beautiful mystery/adventure story
Writer/director Eva Riley and her producer Jacob Swan-Hyam with THE CIRCLE, a story about power, politics, violence and teenage girls.

EIFF CONNECTIONS offers a fantastic opportunity for screenwriters, directors and producers from across the UK – individually or in teams – to be supported in developing their filmmaking careers and feature fiction film projects. CONNECTIONS will connect them with each other and with industry mentors so that with guidance, feedback and pooled skills they can move faster and more effectively through the development process.

Every participant or participating team will develop a feature fiction project and each project will be supported and mentored individually. All developments are different: some participants will be writing a screenplay; some will be learning how to package, pitch and finance a film; some will be putting together a creative team and some will be doing all of these.

An industry mentor will work with each participating individual or team. An experienced mentor might be assigned to more than one team.

Mentors will not run a project but will support and guide participants to run it themselves. They will suggest areas of focus; identify questions to ask and possible answers; suggest targets and deadlines; give feedback; and recommend other people you might be in touch with. If mentors think it is appropriate they can arrange for participants to meet and talk with other film professionals. They will also encourage you to talk to other participants on EIFF CONNECTIONS .

Kate Leys runs EIFF CONNECTIONS with Holly Daniel at EIFF. Kate is in touch with all the mentors, all the time. She is available to speak to throughout the year and is always available to give script feedback. Holly and CONNECTIONS coordinator Becky Brazil are on hand to support, answer questions, listen, liaise and organise.

Development will be further supported throughout the year by a wide range of industry professionals including agents, producers, sales agents, screenwriters, festival programmers, script editors, directors, distributors and executives. These might meet participants individually, they might take part in our exclusive online Q&As (answering participants’ own questions) or they might be available to talk to informally at EIFF CONNECTIONS events.

EIFF CONNECTIONS doesn’t tell you what to do. It doesn’t have a fixed theory or a fixed timescale. It’s a project based on the working film industry in which all projects are different; all developments are different; and professionals work together to share information.
What past participants said about their experience:

"The process moved forward my confidence in decision making. From ‘it could happen’ to it is happening, first stage development is in place, we have an exec producer, we have a profile."

"Both me and the project benefited from not only the expertise of the mentor, but the voice they offered up creatively."

"It was great as it helped me focus on one project, guiding me from inception through to a working treatment – which has now been optioned. The process opened up a plethora of industry contacts including producers whom I now have a working relationship with."

"I hoped to finesse both my project and my creative self, and Network helped me achieve that, and more."

"This is not a scheme to help you “become a filmmaker”. It is tailored for those who are already proactive in their filmmaking strategy and might benefit from specific guidance, or sometimes something as simple as some quick knowledge. It showed me that making independent films wasn’t quite the lonely path that I had always thought!"

For further information please see the EIFF Connections website http://www.eiffconnections.com/

EIFF CONNECTIONS is a collaborative project between Edinburgh International Film Festival and story editor Kate Leys, supported by Creative Scotland and by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund.


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