Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle and Doctor Who actress Karen Gillan has been named as patron of the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s (Eiff) expanding youth strand.
Dubbed The Young & the Wild, the programme is a series of screenings and events for young audiences that takes place during the main festival, June 20 – July 1 in 2018.
Alongside her roles in current global box office topper Jumanji and Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, 2017 also saw Gillan make her debut as a writer-director with The Party’s Just Beginning (previously Tupperware Party), which is now in post-produciton.
Inverness-born Gillan was previously a juror at Eiff in 2015. Her responsibilities in her new role as patron are still being firmed up.
The Young & the Wild strand is expanding this year due to support from the Year of Young People 2018 event fund, an initiative managed by organisation EventScotland.
Gillan commented: “I am delighted