Once again this year EIFF CONNECTIONS (formerly EIFF Network) is offering a fantastic opportunity for screenwriters, directors and producers from across the UK to be supported in developing their careers. This year we are delighted that two Screen Academy Scotland and one Edinburgh Napier graduate have been selected to take part and will be taking new work to EIFF Connections forming two out of three of the projects teams taking part. Every participant or participating team will develop a feature fiction project and each project will be supported and mentored individually.
Writer/director Ben Sharrock (MFA Advanced Film Practice, Edinburgh Napier) and producer Irune Gurtubai (MFA Advanced Film Practice, Edinburgh Napier) will attend with their feature Sputnik, about a Syrian refugee meeting a former astronaut in the Arctic Circle. Writer/director Eva Riley (BA Photography and Film, Edinburgh Napier, and NFTS) will attend with her producer Jacob Swan-Hyam with their project The Circle a story about power, politics, violence and teenage girls.