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Edinburgh International Film Festival

19-30 June 2019

Beginning in the same year as the Edinburgh International Festival in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is the world's longest continually-running film festival, and has helped to define the type of event that has since become so pivotal to film culture worldwide. Edinburgh International Film Festival is world renowned for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history.

About the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival focuses on artistic quality and excellence. The festival explores new ideas in cinema, inviting local and international audiences to engage with a dynamic programme of features, documentaries, shorts and experimental cinema.

EIFF is part of Centre for the Moving Image, a national organisation who has their Edinburgh-base in Scotland’s leading independent cinema, Filmhouse. Filmhouse is the home of Edinburgh International Film Festival, but the festival uses a range of other cinemas and venues across the city, including Cineworld, Odeon, Edinburgh Festival Theatre and St Andrew Square.

The festival has premiered many critically acclaimed films; these have included a wide range of genre, from hard hitting documentaries such as ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ to light hearted family favourites; ‘Finding Dory’. The Festival has international backing and is internationally recognised for its contribution and dedication towards the film industry. 

Edinburgh International Film Festival has, over the years, welcomed a huge number of internationally well known guests, including John Huston, Jacques Tati, Jennifer Lawrence, Tilda Swinton, Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, David Cronenberg, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood and Sir Sean Connery.

Learning Events at EIFF

EIFF has a wealth of learning events for all ages. From the very popular EIFF Youth to the Students Critics competition. EIFF Youth is a free programme of events for 15 to 25 yrs old who are passionate about cinema and are considering or furthering a career in the film industry. The EIFF Youth includes exciting film screenings, masterclasses and workshops. The EIFF Youth events will take place at the EIFF Youth HQ – the place to explore the world of film! For those who love all things moving image and are thinking about, or already working towards, a career in film or television, EIFF Youth is an essential part of the festival.

Film Fest in the City

St Andrew Film

The weekend before the Edinburgh International Film Festival begins, enjoy Edinburgh International Film Festival's annual outdoor screenings in partnership with Essential Edinburgh and Edinburgh Live in St Andew Square. All screenings are FREE, no ticket required, just turn up and take a seat in the comfort of your own city.