James Mullighan Hired to Produce Next Year's Edinburgh Film Festival

Organizers are planning to move away from the traditional format, along with the event potentially dropping its competition section and prizes.

LONDON – Organizers of the Edinburgh International Film Festival plan to introduce a radical shakeup of one the U.K.’s longest running movie showcases.

Australian born former Sony music executive and freelance journalist James Mullighan has been hired by EIFF parent body Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) to produce next year’s festival.

The blueprint for next year’s event, which is scheduled to begin June 15, 2011, has been initially shaped by Mark Cousins and Tilda Swinton. A wider artistic team is to be announced in the coming months.

The plans include moving away from the traditional film festival set up under a blueprint developed by Cousins via the theme of “All That Heaven Allows.” 

Talk is of the event dropping its longstanding competition section, prizes and focus more on inviting a team of guest curators to program their own selection of films or contribute to special themed days within the Festival.

Festivalgoers will be encouraged to interact with initiatives to bring the city alive, all of which will be revealed later by Cousins and his artistic team.

CMI CEO Gavin Miller said: “We live in a very fragmented and competitive space and so it becomes much more important to continually refresh, revitalize and re-invent. I’m both confident and excited with this blueprint that Mark Cousins has shaped, which will deliver a unique and distinctive festival.”