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Date posted: 18.06.2014

Running since 1947, the Edinburgh Film Festival (EIFF) is one of the UK's premier film festivals, with impressive opportunities for filmmakers and film-lovers alike.

Film London has a strong presence at this year's festival, offering its acclaimed Market Place Live training for filmmakers, hosting a panel on alternative film funding methods and meeting with fellow film culture organisations, while Iain Smith, film and television producer and Chair of British Film Commission, will deliver a keynote speech at the Scottish Film Summit.

Market Place Live

A film festival favourite, Market Place Live returns to EIFF for its third year at Traverse Theatre on Friday 20 June for EIFF Passholders. A unique panel event, it presents a journey through the life of a hypothetical film project from development through to release - all in 90 minutes.

Moderated by Film London Production Finance Market project manager Angus Finney and delivered in partnership with Film Export UK, Market Place Live explores all elements of a feature film project - from story, cast, director, producer, financing and more. It introduces filmmakers to the concept of the independent film value chain, giving the audience the opportunity to engage with a project as it goes from script to screen.

The panel features:

  • Chris Moll, Head of Film at Creative England
  • Jezz Vernon, Managing Director at Metrodome Distribution Ltd.
  • Paul Brett, CEO at Prescience Film Finance
  • Sarah Tierney, Founder at We are Colony
  • Hilary Davis, Co-Managing Director at Bankside Films
  • Zorana Piggott, Producer at 011 Productions

So you didn't get your public funding?

Also on Friday 20 June, Film London hosts a panel on alternative feature film funding methods in Traverse Theatre 1, open to EIFF Passholders.

The event is a chance for EIFF delegates to hear about alternative ways to finance features that don't rely on the well known and trodden paths of public sector funding. The panel will explore what is often described as the 'dependency' on public funding, question it and inspire filmmakers to look beyond the usual channels to avenues such as EIS, private financing, crowd funding and the positive implications of choosing these routes.

The panel features:

  • Chair: Deborah Sathe, Head of Talent Development and Production at Film London
  • Sarah Tierney, Founder at We are Colony
  • Richard Holmes, producer
  • Zorana Piggott, Producer at 011 Productions

Film Culture 

Part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN), Film London manages Film Hub London, a network of organisations screening films in the capital. At EIFF, representatives from all the regional Hubs that make up the FAN will meet for a two-day summit, discussing the future of film screenings in the country and how to best collaborate positively.

Iain Smith Keynote

An especially prescient question for the Edinburgh festival is on the future of the Scottish film industry after the referendum for independence taking place later this year. At this summit, Chair of the British Film Commission Iain Smith will have a keynote address and give his observations on the situation.

The British Film Commission is the national division of Film London responsible for maximising and supporting the production of international feature film and television in the UK.

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