Edinburgh sets up scripter training program

'The Story Works' with Skillset and a host of indie talent

LONDON -- The Edinburgh International Film Festival has joined forces with training body Skillset, story editor Kate Leys and a who's-who of the British indie film scene to set up a training program for screenwriters.

The program, named "The Story Works," is aimed at experienced screenwriters and will be delivered by a partnership consisting of Leys, producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey and the EIFF.

The program also is supported by an advisory board including Ronan Bennett, Christian Colson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tony Grisoni, Christine Langan, Kevin Loader, Cameron McCracken, Hannah McGill, Allon Reich, Tessa Ross and Robyn Slovo.

Set up for ten experienced British screenwriters, the course will run for a year from March 2010 and includes a residential week of masterclasses for participants with A-list screenwriters and film jobbers.