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Join us for a screening of David Graham Scott‘s latest feature documentary Iboga Nights. After the screening David will be present to answer all your questions, and talk about his process with an extended Q&A. Iboga Nights (a followup to David’s earlier film, Detox or Die) explores the effectiveness of the psychedelic plant …
Join us for a discussion with award winning filmmaking Jessica Oreck at Edinburgh College of Art. Jessica makes projects large and small that instill a sense of wonder and invite viewers to question their relationship with the natural world. Her award-winning first feature-length documentary, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, premiered at SXSW, played …
Join our own Scottish-BAFTA-winning Emma Davie for a screening of her feature documentary I Am Breathing at Edinburgh College of Art. After the screening, Emma will talk about the making of the film and be ready to answer any of your questions. Anyone welcome! FREE but places are limited so please RSVP to email@example.com …
Dutch director Aliona van der Horst has directed four international-award-winning documentaries. Her unique point of view is something that haunts audiences long after they’ve viewed her work. Beautifully crafting films that have been compared to the likes of Werner Herzog and Terrence Malick. Her most recent film Water Children is …
Jeremy Weller will talk about his artistic journey into film and how he plays with reality and fiction.
Tracie will discuss her films and her work as fundraiser, her collaboration with Women Make Movies, a US distribution company focusing on films made by and about women, and the challenges women are still facing nowadays in the industry.
Join us for an evening of Scottish short documentaries to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Bridging the Gap.
We are thrilled to open our new season of masterclasses in Glasgow and with Alan Berliner, one of America’s most acclaimed independent documentary filmmakers.
The 2013 edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival is going to be busy for us! Check out all our events…
Don’t miss out on the only international documentary pitching forum in Scotland and a great networking opportunity.
Want to know more about storytelling, narrative strategies and film structure?
Join us for a masterclass with Arash T. Riahi, award-winning writer, director and producer specialised in fictional and non-fictional dramaturgy. Friday 22 February (2:30-5:30pm)
- Date: 05/28/2012 Time: 14:00
How would you like a co-director credit for a feature length documentary that will tour Scotland and play in cinemas? Or the chance to win cash awards of up to £2500? Find out more: come along to a unique filmmaker only session at ECA on Monday the 28th of May at 2pm.
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- Date: 06/19/2012 Time: 09:30
Observer passes are now available for the Edinburgh Pitch, the only international documentary pitching forum in Scotland. Independent filmmakers and companies developing and raising finance for creative feature documentaries will be pitching their project in front of an international panel.
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