Edinburgh Trailblazers announced

Showcase honours best of British.

by Amber Wikinson

The Edinburgh International Film Festival in association with Skillset announced 2008’s set of Trailblazers.

These up-and-coming individuals have been selected from the EIFF programme and from the graduation shorts submitted by students of the Skillset Screen Academies.

The EIFF said: "The intention of the Trailblazers showcase is to unite the work of the Skillset Screen Academies with that of EIFF.

"The scheme will honour their joint commitment to the generation, encouragement and promotion of new British talent; offer Skillset Screen Academy students and graduates an introduction to the UK film industry and the festival circuit; and celebrate the new names from the film festival."

Skillset Director of Film Janine Marmot said: "I am delighted that Skillset is able to partner with EIFF on Trailblazers again to create a focal point for industry to spot emerging UK filmmaking talent.

"Last year's Trailblazers [who included Sam Riley in Control] have gone on to win awards around the world, reinforcing EIFF’s position as the European festival of discovery for new talent."

EIFF Artistic Director Hannah McGill added: "It was really hard to narrow our lists down. The Screen Academy submissions were very strong and our feature programme abounds with UK talent. Congratulations to all of those we have selected – I wish them all a great Festival and a glowing future."

The Trailblazers selected from the EIFF features programme are:

Lol Crawley – Cinematographer, Better Things
David Bloom – Co-writer, Donkey Punch
Lisa Trnovski – Producer, Mum And Dad
Tony Slater-Ling – Cinematographer, Summer
Joe Lawlor – Co-writer/Director, Helen
Christine Malloy – Co-writer/Director, Helen
Thomas Turgoose – Actor, Somers Town
Alia Alzougbi – Actress, Trouble Sleeping
Nichola Burley – Actress, Donkey Punch
Gideon Koppel – Director, sleep furiously

The Trailblazers selected from the Skillset Screen Academy Network are:

The National Film & TV School
Ian Clark, Director/Writer – Outcasts
Megan Stuart Wallace, Producer/Writer - Outcasts

Skillset Screen Academy Wales
Felix Massie – Director/Writer/Animator, Keith Reynolds Can't Make It Tonight
Yiorgos Moustakis – Director/Writer/Producer, Mari
Firman Machda – Director, Empty Space

Bournemouth Screen Academy
Justin Brown – Cinematographer, Open Skies
Rob Brown – Director, Open Skies
Stacey Bradshaw – Director/Character animator, In The Spotlight
Samantha Davies – Director/Background animator, In The Spotlight

Screen Academy Scotland
John Douglas Dodds – Director, Geriatrics, The Musical
Catriona Craig – Director, The Problem With Pets

The London Film School Re?mi Borgeaud – Director/Writer, Un Riff Para Lazaro
Miri Shapiro – Editor, Riff Para Lazaro
Ong Chantarangkul - Director/Writer, Wings Of Blue Angels
Natalie Higashi – Producer, Wings Of Blue Angels

The Trailblazing shorts programme is screened on Monday, June 23 at 3pm.

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