Edinburgh International Film Festival

Discover exciting new cinema, be part of the buzz of the red carpet glamour and meet the stars behind the films at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.


The Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 12 – 20 August 2022.

About the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Provoking and exciting, whilst exploring new concepts and innovative approaches in cinema, the Edinburgh International Film Festival features short films, experimental cinema and documentary films across a range of dynamic genres.

Bringing together locals and international film-lovers, a major attraction of the Film Festival in normal years is the variety of notable film premieres hosted here. Past UK premieres include Blade Runner, Alien, Back to the Future, Taxi Driver, Annie Hall, Withnail & I, The Usual Suspects, Amelie and The Hurt Locker.

History of the Edinburgh International Film Festival

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.

Championing emerging British talent throughout its history, EIFF has presented world premieres of influential films by Bill Forsyth, Danny Boyle and Stephen Frears, amongst others.

It was in 1972 that it first included the Women's Film Festival, exclusively for female directors. Lynda Myles, Festival Director from 1973-1980, was the first woman to occupy such a role at any worldwide film festival.

Innovative Cinema

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.

Focusing 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.

Since its beginnings, the home of EIFF has been the Filmhouse Cinema on Lothian Road, but the festival also uses a range of other cinemas and venues across the city, including Cineworld, Odeon, Edinburgh Festival Theatre and St Andrew Square.

Famous Faces

Over the years, EIFF welcomed a huge number of internationally well-known guests including Gene Kelly, Jacques Tati, Jennifer Lawrence, Tilda Swinton, Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, David Cronenberg, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood and Sir Sean Connery.

Learning Events at EIFF

Do you have a budding film director in the family? EIFF Youth could be right up their street.

Created by and for 15–25-year-olds with a passion for film, EIFF Youth includes exciting film screenings, masterclasses and workshops.

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 EIFF begins, Film Fest in the City comes to town to delight film fans.

Taking place in the picturesque St Andrew Square, Film Fest in the City is the UK’s largest free outdoor cinema event and features a programme of family favourites, timeless classics and blockbusters.

For details of this year's programme, see the Edinburgh International Film Festival's website > 


This page was created in collaboration with our friends at Festivals Edinburgh.

Edinburgh has a jam-packed festival schedule all year around. Whether you love the arts, are mad about science, or relish the thought of getting lost in a good book, there’s a festival for you. Take a look at our guide to Edinburgh’s Festivals >