Festival Overview

The Edinburgh TV Festival is one of the most prestigious media events in the UK. We bring 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.



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2100 delegates from
over 24 countries

In 2018, the Festival had it’s highest attendance to date with over 2,100 delegates representing the full spectrum of the industry – from chief executives, controllers and commissioners to producers, directors, marketers, writers, new media companies, distributors and press.

We have an extensive international attendance from over 24 countries, particularly from Scandinavia, France, Germany, USA, United Arab Emirates, China and Australia.

70+ sessions over three days

Over 70 sessions take place during the 3-day Festival, ranging from keynote addresses, revealing masterclasses, topical panel debates and exclusive screenings.

Last year these included interviews with industry heavyweights, Paul Telegdy, and Nancy Daniels, masterclasses with the creators & stars of, A Very English Scandal, and Derry Girls and the prestigious MacTaggart Lecture delivered by Michaela Coel.


In 2018 the Festival hosted over 400 highly-targeted speed meetings, with most making new connections or winning new commissions.

In addition to this, networking opportunities in Edinburgh are aplenty, from parties, drink receptions and VIP dinners. In 2019 we’ll be expanding our speed meetings and creating an online space full of facts, stats and clips that will make meetings easier to research, as well as more targeted.


We do not make a profit. Instead your Festival Pass cash is invested into our two talent schemes which have been running since 1991 and have supported more than 4000 individuals.

The Network gives brand new entrants a vital first step into the TV and digital industries, while Ones to Watch gives those at the early stages of their career a vital step up. Assessed, trained and mentored by a team of industry experts, we make sure the best and widest talent base is at your fingertips.

Networking and Speed Meetings

The networking opportunities in Edinburgh are second-to-none, from parties, drinks and VIP dinners, to our increasingly popular speed meeting strand. For 2019 we will be continuing on the success of our new ConnectED portal, which includes an online space full of facts, stats and clips that will make speed meetings easier to research, as well as more targeted. Get exclusive access to top UK and international commissioners, distributors, media lawyers and global brands attending the Festival.

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