Our take: One of the oldest film festivals in the world moved out of the shadow of the larger Edinburgh August Fests last year and has been making a tidy home for itself in June. While they don't show a huge number of American docs, the ones they do screen have instant credibility in the UK and other European territories with plenty of attendant press attention. Began its life as a documentary festival and continues to have a strong international doc strand.
Selection of US films screened at 2009 festival: ALL TOMORROWS PARTIES, BIG RIVER MAN, OUTRAGE, THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE,
Our coverage of Edinburgh here.
Filmmaker: "Been 4 times. UK press is fantastic and so are the organizers. Love the way everything is centered around the Filmhouse so it's easy to meet people. Paid for everything. I've always had great UK reception to my work so this is a perfect UK fest for me."
Filmmaker: "I really liked Edinburgh now it's scheduled in June. Away from the madness of August and all the other competing events, it felt clearer, more focused. Much easier to network and find people. There was alse a terrific turn out at screenings. Thumbs up from me."
Filmmaker: "I like Edinburgh, but I dunno, don't like that you have to choose between London and Edinburgh. Even though Edinburgh is hyped as more "indie" I really liked the audiences in both cities. Also I'm not sure they should have moved the time of year of the Edinburgh festival."
Filmmaker: "We did not have a good experience here. No attention to docs. No expenses paid. Program notes said mean and critical things about most films they were showing. Weird. Drunk co-eds everywhere, cold as hell. Not a good memory."
Filmmaker: "deluxxxxxe. smartest, hippest, sexiest, heroin sheik fest director in europe. who can argue with black haired chicks with bangs"
Industry: "Has grown alot since they moved away from the awesome madness of the Fringe fest - really strong programming."
Industry: "Good positioning for UK and European sales but probably no strong influence on a US or North America deal."
Industry: "Has a high profile as a film festival in the UK, but docs normally fail to punch through in the schedule or press coverage."