The Edinburgh International Television Festival is a charitable organisation, with a remit to help people from a diverse range of backgrounds get in and get on in the TV industry.

We want to ensure that those making television are as diverse as the audiences who watch it. We do this by giving talented individuals access to the TV Festival through The Network and Ones to Watch (formerly known as Fast Track) talent schemes. These schemes are funded by the generosity of sponsors, public funders and a percentage of the TV Festival delegate pass

The Network
The Network has been running since 1990, and was previously known as TVYP. The Network is an entry level scheme which gives people their first taste of the television industry through masterclasses and practical workshops. The speakers are all senior people working in television and the workshop programme is led by top producers who have volunteered their time.

What’s On Offer?

  • The opportunity to work alongside producers and on screen talent
  • Unrivalled opportunities to meet and make contact with TV professionals
  • Work experience or paid work opportunities through the contacts made in Edinburgh
  • Industry mentors
  • Places on The Network are awarded by the Festival Talent Schemes Committee after an online application process and a series of assessment days across the UK for those shortlisted.
  • The scheme is entirely free to successful applicants and that includes accommodation in Edinburgh.
  • After Edinburgh, The Network delegates are eligible to apply for paid work placements with a number of broadcasters and indies through The Network at Work scheme.

Ones to Watch:
Ones to Watch (formerly known as Fast Track & TV25) is the Festival’s senior talent scheme. It has been running since 1994. Applications are invited from anyone with more than three years of professional TV experience, looking to take the next big step in their career.

What’s On Offer?

  • Two days of bespoke sessions exclusive to Ones to Watch
  • Full delegate pass to the TV Festival
  • Heavily discounted training and career development opportunities
  • Invitations to exclusive networking and social events throughout the year.
  • Senior industry mentors
  • The Festival Talent Schemes Committee considers all applications and selects 30 of the most impressive candidates to come to Edinburgh. The scheme is entirely free to successful applicants and that includes accommodation in Edinburgh.

Entry Requirements:

The Network is committed to equality and diversity. We encourage applications from minorities and people with disabilities. Almost anyone is eligible to apply, you just have to meet a few eligibility criteria:

  • You must be 18 or over to apply for The Network. We do ask all Network delegates to bring ID with them to Edinburgh, so please do not apply if you’ll be 17 or under on 22 August 2017.
  • Do you definitely want to work in TV? This is not a taster course to see if you might like to work in television – The Network is designed specifically to help you get an entry-level job in the industry and take the first step in your TV career. It is also not a scheme for presenters.
  • You must be ready and available to start work in September 2017. Once you return from Edinburgh, the Network at Work programme begins. We cannot help you find full-time work in TV if you are still studying in September.

The 30 enjoy a challenging and unique series of exclusive OTW workshops and masterclasses in addition to the main TV Festival sessions. They are also profiled in the TV Festival programme, distributed to over 2000 delegates.


Applications can be submitted via the website and are open until 28 April 2017 at 11pm. All applicants must be over 18. Shortlisted applicants will be notified in May. Find out more here.