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Future of Edinburgh International Film Festival debated at prestigious event

The future of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) was a key topic for debate at a prestigious event for experts and academics.

Organised by the Centre for Film Studies at the University of St Andrews, the event marked the launch of the Scottish Film Festival Studies Network which is funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

How the EIFF has developed and what future direction it should take, was discussed by scholars and festival practitioners from across Scotland at the November workshop in Edinburgh.

Organisers of a wide range of film festivals, both big and small, from across Scotland, were among the 60 participants.

The Centre for Film Studies at St Andrews has conducted pioneering research into film festivals and publishes the respected Film Festival Yearbook series.

Dr Alex Marlow-Mann, Research Co-ordinator at the centre, said: “We hope that these discussions between respected scholars and film festival organisers will help build on the festival’s legacy as the world’s oldest continually running film festival and ensure that its future is as bright as its past”.

The event took place at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on Monday 7 November.

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