My short film “The world is round so that nobody can hide in the corners – Part II: The Kiss” was selected to the 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival as part of the short program "Resistant Bodies", curated by Kim Knowles and Lydia Beilby who also held an amazing Q&A after the screening with intriguing and intelligent questions about the movies in the programme.
Even though I had the feeling the Festival is more focused on feature films, distributing and sales in English speaking countries, the curators and all staff were very friendly and I had the opportunity to see many feature and short films within a very organized programme. Two weeks after EIFF ended I already had 3 invitations to screen my short in other Festivals.
The organizers are very active in social networking and promotion: You can see festival posters everywhere in Edinburgh. Every night a 'get together' took place in a Theatre bar, where we could drink and network with other filmmakers. If you intend to attend the Festival be prepared to walk/drive long distances, since the theatres are spread all over the city. All screening are for free if you have a badge but you have to take the tickets one day before, otherwise, you have to pay for it. So organize yourself to decide what you want to see 24hs before.
I had the opportunitty to attend many panels and workshops as "Inside Feature Development" with the producers Claire Mundelll and Rachel Robey, organized by Creative Europe Desk UK, and "Pitching Workshop with David Pope" presented by London Film Academy, among many others.
I really recommend Edinburgh International Film Festival and I hope to be part of the Festival again in the following editions.