Published on: 09 March 2023 in Industry

Directors Digest — Thursday 9 March

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This week, Kristy Matheson is appointed as the new BFI festivals director, and the return of Edinburgh Film Festival is announced. Catch up with the latest film and TV news with this week’s digest.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival is to return later this year in a scaled-down form after the shock announcement of its closure in October 2022, The Guardian reports.

Speaking of festivals, Kristy Matheson joins the BFI as festivals director. (BFI)

Kristy Matheson (source: BFI)
Kristy Matheson (source: BFI)

Meanwhile, Birds’ Eye View marks 20th anniversary with a name change, Screen Daily reports.

Elsewhere, owner of North One Television, Neil Duncanson, writes for Broadcast about the opening of the Bond creative hub in Birmingham, and what it means for the West Midlands’ TV industry.

The Bond media and creative hub (source: Broadcast)
The Bond media and creative hub (source: Broadcast)

Vicki Lines-Gibbs, creative director of Gritty Talent, highlights how flexible working supports her as a disabled woman — and why it benefits the whole industry, via Broadcast.

Indiewire also spoke to Robert Townsend about how his role as an extra in The Warriors got him thinking like a director.

Read about how filmmaker Saim Sadiq and his feature film Joyland beat the censors in Pakistan. (Sight & Sound)

And finally, Scott Bryan explores Netflix’s move into live TV — and its implications — for The New Statesman.

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