Film office for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders

Seasons Greetings

21/12/17

At Film Edinburgh's team meeting today we picked out our top 10 (or so ) highlights of year. We thought we'd share these with you.

January

Outlander season 3 films in Edinburgh's Old Town. Great anticipation about Outlander-inspired experiences within the city centre.

T2 Trainspotting premiere in Fountainpark, Edinburgh. The world's media descends on the city reminding us why it's good to #ChooseEdinburgh.

Hit The Ground Running. 10 Edinburgh-based new entrants to the world of drama production get trained up, with the added bonus of a visit by a member of the Locations Dept for a certain production code-named Mary Lou, head hunting for new talent.

February

Creative Industries Employability Day at Edinburgh College. Rosie takes part in a panel about Creativity in Film & TV alongside Shauna MacDonald and Michel Wdowiak.

March

Avengers: Infinity War starts filming in Edinburgh city centre. The Old Town awakes to bus stops, phone boxes and coffee shops that were not there the day before and superheroes come out by night. Great excitement within the community and beyond, and the Council demonstrates its film-friendly credentials. Filming continues for 7 weeks, extending as far as the Scottish Borders.

June

Rosie is called to give evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Committee for Culture, Tourism, Economy and External Relations. Widespread pick up of the notion that feature films and TV dramas shoot in 'sheds'.

Edinburgh International Film Festival. A veritable feast of film premieres and a privilege to attend.

Film Edinburgh hosts its summer party for Edinburgh's production crew in Hemma. Very exciting to see so many highly regarded production crew with a base in the city. Our crew are the best ambassadors for the city. Note to self, let's do this again.

August

Mary Queen of Scots and Outlaw King begin filming in East Lothian and Edinburgh. Mary Queen of Scots, about ...Mary Queen of Scots, and Outlaw King about Robert the Bruce. This is an era of fascination in Scottish history.

November

Outlaw King builds a medieval village in Craigmillar Park, complete with dry stone dykes, thatched cottages and livestock. First time the Natural Heritage dept of the Council has dealt with such a large-scale production and they were suitably impressed with the expertise and craftsmanship of the crew. Let's do this again too!

December

TLG FOCUS Locations Trade Show in London. Film commissions and productions services from all over the world congregate to showcase what they can offer filmmakers. Incentive finance, film studios and incredible locations, complemented by a fascinating roster of panel events about the hot topics of the day.

Film Edinburgh hosts it's Christmas party for Edinburgh's production community in the Council's 'City Art Centre' - a beautiful venue, supported by an amazing list of suppliers: Hickory catering, Edinburgh Beer Factory, Cameron Presentations who made it sparkle, Dunedin for the security, Poco Prosecco for the welcome fizz. A great way to celebrate the successes of the year with the people who helped make it all happen.

Happy Christmas and all the best for another successful year in 2018.