The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has been running since 1947 and celebrated its 73nd edition in 2019.

Actors, filmmakers and fans joined together in the city to celebrate new releases and old classics for 12 days of film appreciation. Hundreds of screenings took place in cinemas across the city, ranging from enthralling shorts and challenging documentaries to big budget features and innovative animations.

The 74th EIFF is already announced its 2020 retrospective programme, The Big Score; an exploration of innovation in film score, to screen as part of its programme next June.

The Big Score will feature work from some of the finest composers and directors in the world. This exciting programme will include an in-depth focus on score pioneers Mica Levi and Delia Derbyshire, a dynamic tribute to the great Ennio Morricone and an atmospheric journey through some of the greatest jazz cinema ever made.

The full 2020 programme will be unveiled soon, and is sure to yet again be packed with special events, such as Q&As with leading and up-and-coming and filmmakers, gala premieres, and the ever-popular free open air screenings in St Andrew Square.

History

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, Sir Sean Connery, Tilda Swinton, Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas, Sienna Miller and Judd Apatow have graced the festival with their presence.

Watch

Want to see more? EIFFtv on YouTube has and one-on-ones with Stanley Tucci, Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick, Richard E Grant and more.

Visit the Edinburgh International Film Festival website.