The Edinburgh International TV Festival brings together all parts of the television and digital world to celebrate the creativity, diversity and inspirational talent in the field, in addition to debate the major issues facing us as an industry.
This year, the Edinburgh TV Festival has been re-imagined online for 2020 & announces a series of initiatives to support & connect the TV industry in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2020 Festival offering is designed to support and connect the television community in light of what has become a very challenging year, and will still deliver the key, flagship moments that have become integral to the industry’s calendar, including The MacTaggart Lecture, Controller Sessions and Awards; as well as the TV Foundation’s talent schemes; The Network, Ones to Watch and TV PhD. An ongoing programme of digital sessions and content will also launch in the coming weeks with the programme to be announced shortly.
In 2020 the TV Festival and TV Foundation will include:
- Improving access and support by ensuring everything the Festival does in 2020 is free for freelancers, who are being particularly affected by this crisis
- Creating a stream of online content, to launch in the coming weeks, underpinned by the editorial rigour you’ve come to expect from the Festival, led by Creative Director, Stewart Clarke, and Advisory Chair, Patrick Holland.
- Delivering the key moments of the Festival in August, from The MacTaggart Lecture (David Olusoga OBE) to the Controller Sessions as well as introducing new formats that will address the year and its challenges.
- Running in full the TV Foundation’s industry-leading schemes; The Network for tomorrow’s TV talent, Ones to Watch to celebrate and develop the best the industry has to offer, and TV PhD bringing together television and academia.
- Staging the TV Awards later in the year
- Expanding ConnectED to exist as an entity for an extended period of time, supplemented by detailed briefings and digital versions of the Festival’s popular speed meetings