20 June – 1 July
Edinburgh boasts the world's longest continuously running film festival - beat that Cannes!
The Edinburgh International Film Festival has been running since 1947 and celebrates its 72nd edition in 2018.
Actors, filmmakers and fans join together in the city to celebrate new releases and old classics for 12 days of film appreciation. This year’s programme features hundreds of screenings in cinemas across the city, ranging from enthralling shorts and challenging documentaries to big budget features and innovative animations.
Highlights of the programme include a Family Gala screening of Disney·Pixar’s Incredibles 2, Puzzle which stars Kelly Macdonald, and British comedy Swimming with Men. Different film strands include Best of British, American Dreams, European Perspectives, EIFF Shorts, Film Fest Junior and more.
Look out for special events, such as Q&As with filmmakers, and the ever-popular free open air screenings in St Andrew Square.
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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.