EIFF Ideas Laboratory


  • Edinburgh International Film Festival

Project summary

EIFF will work with the Beltane Public Engagement Network to host a series of public and talent development events focusing on comedy and science in film. In 2017 we will offer a number of events targeting filmmakers, young audiences and comedy lovers, in addition to our main public film audiences.

Events will include a discussion event looking at the science of humour and comedy; the third ‘Write to Research’ lab where six comedy screenwriters and six researchers will spend time discussing how and why comedy works; and a comedy evening where researchers will be invited to present their ideas to a questioning crowd. For younger audiences, the Laugh Off will engage 9-12 year olds in a discussion about what is funny and why, and what laughter does to the body. The EIFF Youth Hub Filmmaking Competition will connect 15-25 year olds with researchers and filmmakers to support them in creating a short film about the festival, followed by a public screening of the best films made.

Finally, expanding outside the festival dates, the screenwriter in residence programme will support a Scottish screenwriter in developing project ideas through access to research and researchers.