Edinburgh fest launches initiatives

Trailblazers and PPG Award added this year

The Edinburgh festival launches two initiatives this year: Trailblazers, a U.K. talent showcase, and the PPG Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film, sponsored by the Premier Property Group.

Some 20 emerging artists from all areas of filmmaking will be chosen for the Trailblazers showcase, with half graduating students from the U.K.’s Skillset Screen Academies. Their work will be shown as part of the fest program.

The Performance Award will be selected by the same jury that presides over the fest’s Michael Powell Award.

Writer-director-star of closing-night film “2 Days in Paris,” Julie Delpy, will be a part of the In Person series of talks, which also include thesps Stellan Skarsgaard, Chris Cooper and Samantha Morton as well as writers William Nicholson, Paul Laverty and Irvine Welsh. There also will be talks with helmers Stephen Frears, Mike Leigh and John Waters; actress Tilda Swinton, who is the fest’s patron; comedy writer-director-producer Judd Apatow; and producer Kate Ogborn. Bob Hoskins also joins the fun via an interview sponsored by BAFTA Scotland.

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