We have made it up to the Edinburgh Film Festival in one piece - despite airport security. A few first impressions...
- Excellent staff and facilities. Its all here and all easy. A delegate centre with net access and a cafe etc.
- Films - a mixture of industry screenings and films on show to the public. I like that approach. It means we never forget that the paying public need to be involved.
- Talks - some good talks and seminars. First one in a moment. There are a healthy amount of writer's talks as well. Nothing for craft people though.
- Approach - film as an international art form and not a business. So 180 degree opposite to Cannes.
So the early vibe would seem to me that this makes an excellent antidote to Cannes. Less hectic and less business. Its more about enjoying the films and talking about films. So its harder to justify spending your networking cash up here. And I'm wearing my coat!
Challenges for the 3 days (!) include seeing some fringe stuff, getting up to the castle, swapping a dozen business cards and an extra challenge from Steve in the office is eating a square sausage. I just hope that isn't rude slang up here and will get me a black eye.