The Edinburgh International Film Festival today confirms its continued support from the Scottish Government through the Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund and announces the call for entries for the 2013 EIFF Talent Lab. Now in its third year, the Lab takes place during the Festival and offers up-and-coming filmmakers the opportunity to learn from the world’s key film industry players.
The Scottish Government Expo Fund investment is part of a £250,000 funding package backing EIFF’s talent and industry programme, with support also coming from Creative Scotland, Creative Skillset and Creative England.
In addition to supporting talent during EIFF, the Festival is keen to provide opportunities for filmmakers to receive career and project development further afield. EIFF will also offer a select group of Scottish producer participants from the Talent Lab the opportunity to attend the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2013 and three Scottish producers will be nominated to attend the Rotterdam Lab at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2014.
Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “The Edinburgh International Film Festival is an important hub for Scottish, UK and international filmmakers to develop and showcase their work.
“The Edinburgh festivals contribute more than £250m to Scotland’s economy and promote Scotland’s rich culture, heritage and distinct identity on the world stage. So it makes strong economic sense to support the festivals’ continued growth and to ensure Scotland’s own emerging talent is placed at their centre.
“That is why I am proud to announce £110,000 to support the EIFF’s work to cultivate emerging Scottish talent. This takes the total Scottish Government Expo Funding awarded to the film festival to £710,000 since the Expo Fund began in 2008/09.”
Drawing from the Festival’s successful track record in talent development, the 2013 EIFF Talent Lab will bring emerging Scottish and UK filmmakers together in group discussions and networking events, including an invaluable afternoon of one-to-one advice and information sessions with experienced industry insiders, all with the aim of developing skills and building confidence among the next generation of filmmakers. The EIFF Talent Lab is open to screenwriters, directors and producers with a short film or feature credit to their name. Application details can be found at www.edfilmfest.org.uk/industry/talentdevelopment
EIFF Talent Lab 2013 is also supported by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2 and by Creative England.
Dan Simmons, Head of Film at Creative Skillset said: “Each year the UK and international film industry descends upon EIFF and it makes sense to harness that expertise whilst they are in the UK to benefit our emerging film talent, who can apply this knowledge and experience to their own careers and project development. Previous candidates at the Talent Lab have taken bold and successful steps forward in the Film Industry since their participation, and we are confident that this year’s cohort will also make the most of this brilliant opportunity.”
Caroline Cooper Charles, Senior Talent Executive at Creative England said: “Creative England is very pleased to support filmmakers from the English regions to attend such an inspiring talent development programme. Exposure to exceptional role models, accessing industry expertise and the confidence that comes from sharing that experience with a supportive peer group produces great results. We look forward to hearing more from the distinctive voices that will participate in the Lab this year.”
The EIFF Talent Lab is part of a wide variety of talent development programmes provided by EIFF which form a key part of the Industry focussed activity both during and outside of the Festival dates.
This week also sees the opening of delegate registration for 2013. Industry pass holders will be able to access a full programme of screenings, events and networking opportunities throughout the Festival. EIFF is pleased to confirm that the Delegate Centre will once again be housed in the Traverse Theatre.
Chris Fujiwara, EIFF Artistic Director, said: “Encouraging the creativity of the next generation of filmmakers is a core part of EIFF’s mission. With the vital support of the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland, we’re continuing to carry out that mission in the third year of our Talent Lab.”
Additional talent development programmes at EIFF 2013 include residential labs for emerging composers and sound designers who are looking to work in the moving image industry and who will be offered the chance to meet and talk with successful professionals from their chosen field. Further industry elements at the Festival will be announced at a later date.