The Edinburgh International Film Festival is returning for its 76th edition following financial difficulties.

Last October it was revealed the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), which produces the festival, had appointed administrators, leaving the future of the festival in doubt.

On Wednesday, the festival said it would be returning for a special one year-iteration as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, which runs from Aug. 18-23.

The festival program will be led by its new director Kate Taylor, who takes over from Kristy Matheson who was unveiled as the new director of the BFI London Film Festival.

“Attending first as audience member, then as film worker, my experience of Edinburgh International Film Festival has always been of a place that sparks inspiring conversations about film, and over the past few months it has been nourishing to hear the stories of many people – filmmakers, audience and industry who hold this festival dear,” said Taylor. “I’m excited to deliver the ideas that the team and I have been working on over the past few months and be a custodian for this year’s program, ensuring the flame of EIFF burns bright, and I can’t wait to welcome audiences to enjoy the curated selection of films we’ll be presenting in August.”


Writer David Kane, BAFTA nominated for BBC series “Shetland,” is developing author Denise Mina‘s five-book “Morrow” series into a multi-season TV series, set in Glasgow.

The series will follow police officer Alex Morrow, who is formidable at solving crimes, but recent trauma means she can’t face talking to her husband, or bear to sleep in the family home.  Morrow’s an outsider who wants to be an insider, paired with the far less capable but on message and true-blue Bannerman. The son of a leading cop, he longs to be seen as less a part of the firm. As the pair investigate an attack and abduction on a South Asian family in season 1, titled “Still Midnight,” questions arise about whether  their ambitious Machiavellian boss McKechnie has their backs or if he is just enjoying playing them off against each other for his own entertainment and questionable ends.

The show, which is not yet attached to a broadcaster, will be jointly exec produced by Mina, Kane and Freedom Scripted‘s creative director, Mike Ellen.  

Kane and Mina previously worked together on BBC hit “The Field of Blood.”


Animated content producer Aniventure has appointed Joe Della Rosa as chief commercial officer, based in Los Angeles. Della Rosa will be responsible for overseeing the functons of sales and the implementaion of its long and short-term commercial strategy, including identifying creative and business opportunities for Aniventure and its partners.

Della Rosa joins from CAA where he worked for more than a decade and was recognized as a specialist in animation within the Media Finance Group. He represented animation studios and content from
around the world including Cartoon Saloon (“Wolfwalkers”), Richard Linklater’s “Apollo 10.5” and Jeremy Zag’s upcoming feature “Ladybug & Cat Noir.”