In Cannes today, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, in association with Skillset, announced their "25 Trailblazers of 2009." These up-and-coming individuals were selected from the EIFF programme and from the graduation shorts submitted by students of the Skillset Screen Academies. Among them is Katie Jarvis, star of Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank," who made a splash last week at the Cannes Film Festival.
"I'm delighted to name this list of extremely talented and original creators as this year's Trailblazers," EIFF Artistic Director Hannah McGill commented. "They vary in age and background and experience levels, but they're united by the risk-taking work and their clear potential. Our feature film programme has this year offered us a very inspiring range of new UK talent; while the Skillset Screen Academies always provide a very diverse and interesting set of work and this year is no exception. Congratulations to all of them and thanks as ever to Skillset for their collaboration on this part of our programme."
Last year's Trailblazers included actors Thomas Turgoose in the Michael Powell Award winner "Somers Town" and Nichola Burley in "Donkey Punch", who returns to Edinburgh this year with Michael Powell Award contender "Kicks"; and critically acclaimed directors Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy who premiered their film "Helen" at EIFF 2008.
The Trailblazers selected from the EIFF 2009 features programme are:
Emily Beecham, Actor, "The Calling"
Leigh Campbell, Screenwriter, "Kicks"
Lawrence Gough, Director, "Salvage"
Kerrie Hayes, Actor, "Kicks"
Stuart Hazeldine, Director/Screenwriter, "Exam"
Katie Jarvis, Actor, "Fish Tank"
Gerard Johnson, Director/ Screenwriter, "Tony"
Bryan Larkin, Actor/Screenwriter, "Running in Traffic"
Justin Molotnikov, Director, "Crying With Laughter"
Kyle Ward, Actor, "A Boy Called Dad"/Salvage"
The Trailblazers selected from the Skillset Screen Academy Network are:
Ralitza Petrova, Director, "By The Grace of God"
Michelle Eastwood, Producer, "By The Grace of God"
Stuart Earl, Writer, "By The Grace of God"
Vanessa Stockley, Director/Cinematographer, "Emma & Ben"
Mikael Svartdahl, Editor, "Emma & Ben"
Robert Evans, Animator, "Crescendo"
Michael O'Sullivan, Animator, "Crescendo"
David Bell, Writer/Director/Producer/Animator, "Toy"
Momodou Musa Touray, Director, "Sweet Mother"
Eva Pervolovici, Director, "Down The Rabbit Hole"
Shezad Afzal, Producer, "Down The Rabbit Hole"
Amy Rose, Director, "Kirran and the Hatchmaker"
Erik Bostedt, Director, "Capturing Space"
Tatiana Korol, Director/ Screenwriter, "Akbulak"
Kasia Sobocinska, Cinematographer, "Akbulak"