Film4 and Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre are starting a new $59,800 (£30,000) partnership to explore the crossover between theatre and film.

The initiative will let Channel 4, Film4 and Traverse select promising new theatre talents to build long-term relationships working in film and television. The programme includes a first-look deal for plays developed through Traverse that have the potential to work for film and TV.

Also, as part of the partnership, Channel 4 Drama and Film4 will send two directors to work at Traverse with actors. This relationship could grow to be reciprocal.

Film-maker Mike Leigh will be in Edinburgh for a panel discussing how writers and directors work across theatre and film. Lizze Francke of EM Media will chair the panel, entitled Stage To Screen, on Monday.

Other panelists include playwrights/screenwriters Simon Donald and Rona Munro.

Film4 head Tessa Ross said: 'We're thrilled that Mike Leigh is joining Simon and Rona for what is going to be a stimulating and hugely insightful discussion. The breadth and variety of experience that they represent will offer the audience a spirited behind-the-scenes glimpse of working within and across two intensely creative arenas.'

Traverse was founded in 1963, and hosted the debut of Mike Leigh's early play The Jaws Of Death in 1973.