The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has been running since 1947, where actors, filmmakers and fans join together in the city to celebrate new released and old classics for six days of film appreciation from 18 to 23 August, 2023.
Hundreds of screenings take place in cinemas across the city, ranging from enthralling shorts and challenging documentaries to big budget features and innovative animations.
The 76th EIFF programme showcases work from around the world including Argentina, Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea, and the United States. It also champions Scottish film-making with 5 feature films and 20 short films.
The History of Edinburgh International Film Festival
Born in 1947 alongside the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the first week-long film festival was created to bring documentaries to a wider audience.
Over the years ambitions grew and the festival expanded to welcome international movies as well as retrospectives, with early subjects including John Huston and a young Martin Scorsese. New talents were nurtured such as Bill Forsyth, Stephen Soderbergh and Stephen Frears.
Red carpet events and premieres also became part of the package, and over the years Hollywood stars such as Steven Spielberg, Tilda Swinton, Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas, Sienna Miller and Judd Apatow have graced the festival with their presence.
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