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Edinburgh fest puts writers in spotlight

Topper McGill gives event first ever theme

BERLIN — The new artistic director of the Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival, Hannah McGill, has announced that this year’s event will have an official theme: “Cinema and the Written Word.”

This is the first time in the fest’s 61-year history that it has adopted a single overarching concept to unite its various strands of panels, masterclasses, workshops and discussions with visiting filmmakers.

The fest will explore approaches to screenwriting and literary adaptation, relationships between screenwriters and directors and the position of screenwriters within the international industry.

“For me it’s an intriguing shift that writers like Charlie Kaufman and Peter Morgan suddenly have more currency and that script development is such a focus of the international industry,” commented McGill.

The Edinburgh fest runs from Aug. 15-26. Its core funders, EventScotland, Scottish Screen and the City of Edinburgh, are continuing their financial support.

“EventScotland is investing in the 2007 festival to further increase its international profile and enhance its pre-eminent position amongst film festivals in the U.K.” said EventScotland chief exec David Williams.

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