Liv Hill as Sarah Talor in Jellyfish Photo: Dan Atherton
Running since 2016, EIFF Works in Progress supports UK filmmakers in their ambitions to reach completion, festival selection and distribution. Each year EIFF selects 10 projects to be presented to an audience of international sales agents, distributors, producers and festival programmers.
The festival also announced a new partnership with post-production facility One Bright Dot to award the most promising project with £20,000 in-kind grading services to use against a future film production.
A cash award of £2,500 is also presented to the winning project, which will be selected based on showing the most promise, originality and clarity of vision.
Milly Ali, Commercial Director for One Bright Dot said: “We're thrilled to be the official sponsor of Edinburgh International Film Festival's Works in Progress industry initiative. We are passionate about encouraging the work of independent filmmakers in the UK and celebrating their growing talent. The very best of luck to all the filmmakers showcasing their work and we look forward to meeting as many of them as possible.”
Holly Daniel, Head of Industry and Talent at EIFF said, “We’re delighted to welcome One Bright Dot on board as a sponsor of EIFF Works in Progress. EWiP has become an important element of the EIFF Industry programme, providing an important platform for UK independent filmmakers to get their work seen by key decision makers.”
Works in Progress will take place this year on June 21. Previous projects selected include Cat In The Wall (Dir. Vesela Kazakova and Mina Mileva), which picked up the Screen International Critics Choice award at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and FIPRESCI Prize at Warsaw International Film Festival; Us Among the Stones (Dir. Dictynna Hood), which premiered at last year's London Film Festival and Jellyfish (Dir. James Gardner), which had its European premiere at EIFF ahead of theatrical release.
The 74th edition of EIFF will run from 17-28 June, with the full programme announced on 27 May 2020.