About Us

Edinburgh International Film Festival
(as part of the Centre for the Moving Image)

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Established in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema – and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history.

EIFF aims to address the desires of audiences and the needs of the film industry in the digital age. EIFF has global credibility and a 70 year track record in innovative and excellent programming.

Over this long lifespan EIFF has excelled in identifying, curating, showcasing and promoting new films and new talent from both the UK and across the world. Ongoing commitment to quality and excellence and passion for film and filmmakers are central to our work.

We aim to create space for thought and debate on the future of the film industry, supply opportunities for filmmakers and industry delegates to do business, and provide a focus on the UK’s film culture for local, national and international audiences. In addition to Connections, EIFF offers a number of talent development initiatives both during the Festival and throughout the year.

Centre for the Moving Image

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The Centre for the Moving Image is a registered charity incorporating Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh Filmhouse and Belmont Filmhouse cinema in Aberdeen. The company strives to be at the forefront of the development of a vibrant and successful film industry and culture across the UK and beyond. Its aim is to increase the range and quality of opportunities for people to be inspired by and engage with film and the moving image.

CMI is a member of Scottish Film, a consortium of independent exhibitors who operate the Scottish arm of the BFI’s Film Audience Network aiming to boost audience choice across Scotland.

Filmhouse is also a longterm member of the Europa Cinemas network.

CMI is pioneering new ways of delivering films to audiences with the introduction of the Filmhouse Player and the Clipster DCP Suite. CMI also has a year round focus on developing skills and opportunities for filmmakers and the industry as a whole through a number of programmes and events both during and outwith the EIFF dates. CMI is a partner organisation in the Scottish Film Talent Network.

Kate Leys – Project Director

KATE LEYS is a feature film script editor who works on projects at all stages of development. Recent completed productions include SLOW WEST by John MacLean, which was a prize-winner at Sundance 2015, and BABYLON by Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain for C4.

In the last year she has worked on projects for producers including Mary Burke and Robin Gutch at Warp Films, Iain Canning at SeeSaw Films, Robert Jones at Nightjack/Jonescompany, Elizabeth Karlsen at Number 9, Rory Aitken & Ben Pugh at 42, Sam Taylor at F&ME, Gareth Unwin at Bedlam Productions, Film4, Ivana MacKinnon at Stray Bear, Gavin Humphries at Quark Films, Microwave at Film London, iFeatures, the BFI Film Fund, Creative England, & Creative Scotland.  She works with screenwriters and filmmakers including John Maclean, Martina Amati, Tom Harper, Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain, Alice Lowe, Tom Green, Deborah Haywood, Eran Creevy, Johannes Roberts, Michael Please, Ben Schiffer, Josh Appignanesi and documentary filmmakers Eva Weber and Sam Firth. She works in all genres, on adaptations as well as original screenplays, and on a handful of short films. 

She has been head of development at several companies including FilmFour, where she was based for 5 years and where she was part of the small team commissioning and developing some of the UK’s most successful feature films including FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL and TRAINSPOTTING.

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Holly Daniel – Project Manager

Holly DanielHolly is the Industry & Talent Development Manager at the Centre for the Moving Image which incorporates Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh Filmhouse and the Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen. Her remit includes building Industry relationships and the provision of all Industry services and events both during the Festival period and year round. In addition to EIFF Connections, she is also responsible for developing and managing all talent development initiatives run by the Film Festival and CMI. In recent years, this has included programmes supporting writers, directors, producers, composers, animators and sound designers.

Current programmes available are the EIFF Talent Lab and Animation Lab. On behalf of CMI, Holly is also a member of the Scottish Film Talent Network management team. See the EIFF website for more details and application updates for all initiatives:  www.edfilmfest.org.uk/talentdevelopment.

Prior to working at CMI, Holly was the Programme Manager at Moonstone International Screen Labs where she co-ordinated the residential bi-annual Screenwriters Labs and annual Filmmakers Labs, which took place in various European locations. Holly has also worked as a casting assistant, community worker, television production manager and OB logistics coordinator.

 

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Ivana MacKinnon

Joining Celador Films in 2002, Ivana ran development for seven years, and was Associate Producer on The Descent, Eden Lake and Slumdog Millionaire.In 2008 Ivana produced two features, The Descent 2 (released by Pathe in the UK and Lionsgate in the US); and The Scouting Book for Boys, which won ‘Best Newcomer’ at the London Film Festival, and was released in the UK in 2010.Joining Cloud Eight as Head of Creative Affairs in 2009, Ivana served as Associate Producer on Neil Marshall’s Centurion.

In March 2011, Ivana left C8 to set up Stray Bear Productions. In 2012 Ivana Executive Produced five shorts for C4’s Random Acts, and produced Kibwe Tavares’ Jonah, a hugely ambitious live action/VFX short shot in Zanzibar, which premiered at Sundance 2013 and has won multiple international awards as well as being nominated for a BIFA.

In summer 2013 Ivana Exec Produced War Book, a Jack Thorne-penned and Tom Harper-helmed political thriller starring Sophie Okenedo and Antony Sher. Stray Bear Productions received a BFI Vision Award in 2013.
Ivana works as a script consultant for Northern Film and Media, and as a mentor on Screen Yorkshire’s Triangle and EIFF Connections (previously EIFF Network).

Peter Ettedgui

Peter began his career in film by apprenticing and assisting in the art department, production office and cutting rooms before working for Ken Russell as director’s assistant and music editor on a diverse range of feature films, TV drama and documentaries. He also collaborated on the screenplays for these projects, researching, editing and writing additional material (for productions of Oscar Wilde’s SALOME, Bram Stoker’s THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM and DH Lawrence’s THE RAINBOW). Bitten by the screenwriting bug, he went on to write VIGO for director Julien Temple (a love story based on the life of Jean Vigo set in 1930s France, starring James Frain and Romane Bohringer), ONEGIN for Martha Fiennes, adapted from Pushkin’s classic tale of doomed love, with Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler (nominated for best British film, BAFTA 2000, and best adapted screenplay, Satellite Awards 2000) and THE DOUBLE LIFE OF FRANZ SCHUBERT, a television film for Channel 4, with director Peter Webber, which starred Simon Russell Beale and Emilia Fox. He has also penned many other unproduced screenplays commissioned by companies in the UK, Europe and the US.

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