The Edinburgh International Television Festival brought to you by YouTube and BT is one of the most prestigious media events in the UK – bringing together all parts of the television and digital world to celebrate the creativity, diversity and inspirational talent in our field, and to debate the major issues facing us as an industry. The Festival draws around 2000 delegates from the major networks and production companies internationally.
We’ve attracted some of the world’s most influential, powerful and exciting industry players to take part in the Festival – including; Kevin Spacey, Al Gore, Rupert Murdoch, Ted Turner, Ricky Gervais, Vince Gilligan, Germaine Greer, Nicola Sturgeon, Martin Freeman, Jamie Oliver, Simon Cowell, Ted Sarandos, Sharon Horgan, Shane Smith and Elisabeth Murdoch.
We are a charitable organisation with a mission to identify and nurture the next generation of talent, whatever their background.
We run two talent schemes – The Network (formerly known as TVYP) gives brand new entrants a vital first step into the TV and digital industries while Ones to Watch (formerly known as Fast Track) supports those at the early stages of their career.
Both benefit from fully-funded places at the Festival which includes tailored workshops, masterclasses and networking, plus we offer year-round mentoring, training and events.
The Festival takes place every August at the heart of Edinburgh festival season at EICC, 150 Morrison Street, The Exchange Edinburgh, EH3 8EE.
We also run other events throughout the year with the aim of engaging and inspiring the TV industry. These range from our punchy and provocative EdTalks lectures, Q & A’s with channel bosses from across the globe and topical news panels, including our most recent, which bought together Facebook, CNN and Buzzfeed to discuss the fall-out from fake news, chaired by Channel 4 News Jon Snow.