Participants 2016

Edinburgh International Film Festival is proud to announce the feature film projects and filmmaking teams who will be participating in the fifth year of their development and mentoring programme for screenwriters, directors and producers, CONNECTIONS.

  • 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.

CONNECTIONS is supported by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund and Creative Scotland’s Creative Futures Programme.

CONNECTIONS will run until March 2017.  All participants will attend EIFF in June 2016. The teams will meet again at the London Film Festival in October.


Participants 2015

Writer/director John Addis and producer Sukey Richardson with their crime farce DEADBEAT.

Screenwriter Brian Martin and his prison based drama INSIDE.

Screenwriter Simon Lord and director Luke Rodgers with their comedy BARTEK AND THE DUKE.

Writer/director Iain Mitchell with his highland thriller KEEPER.

Screenwriter Melissa Iqbal with her science fiction thriller THE ARK.

Screenwriter Line Langebek and director Samantha Harrie with the fantastical love story WHEN I COULD FLY.


Participants 2014

Writer/director Lynsey Miller, a Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2014, will be developing her feature debut TRACKS. Lynsey has made a Coming Up film for C4, shot second unit on Sarah Gavron’s SUFFRAGETTE, and has worked at Film4, Kudos and Ruby Films.

Screenwriter Hannah Patterson will be working with Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2014 producer Sarah Brocklehurst to develop MISSING, a dark story about a family searching for their teenage daughter when she vanishes on a gap year adventure.  Hannah is an in-demand screenwriter (she has a range of features in development) a successful playwright (last year’s PLAYING WITH GROWN UPS was staged in London and New York) and film journalist (Guardian, Time Out, Sight & Sound).  Sarah and Hannah met at the London Comedy Festival when Sarah attended with her award-winning feature BLACK POND, which also was nominated for awards at BAFTA, the BIFAs and the Guardian and won Best Newcomer at the London Evening Standard.

Writer/director Ruth Paxton will be working on her American feature debut WILMINGTON, a twisted love story, with producer Tom Wood of Wellington Films.  Ruth has made acclaimed short films (PARIS/SEXY and SHE WANTED TO BE BURNT) seen at film festivals all over the world.  She has collaborated with, amongst others, the National Theatre of Scotland and the Northern Sinfonia and she was picked as one of Canongate’s ‘storytellers of the future’ last year.  Tom is in development with filmmakers including Andre TROLL HUNTER Ovredal and Catherine TWILIGHT Hardwicke.

Writer/director Lucy Brydon trained at Columbia Film School in New York.  She is in development with several features including SICK, which she will be developing on Network: a story about pain, grief and celebrity.   Lucy’s novel SHANGHAI PASSENGER will be published this year; she has also made short films, commercials (including for Dyson and HSBC) and television dramas in China.

Writer/director Craig Young has a background in comedy and has worked with Russell Brand, Lee Mack, Harry Hill and Russell Howard.  He’s also made feature documentaries, music promos and commercials (including Volkswagen and Doritos).  He’ll be working on his feature debut MUTANTS with producers Dan Cleland and Edward Hemming.  Dan is co-producer on David Leon’s feature debut ORTHODOX and has worked with Craig for several years producing commercials; Ed worked with Vertigo until he left to become Peter Morgan’s story and development researcher.