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 8 days of film appreciation. 

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 75th EIFF’s programme launches on 20th July 2022. Kogonada’s critically acclaimed After Yang  will close the 75th edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival on Saturday 20th August. The film had its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2021 where it was warmly received by international critics. The film is directed and written by Kogonada, based on the short story by Alexander Weinstein.

#FilmFestintheCity returns for 2018! Three days of FREE outdoor screenings in #StAndrewSquare 15-17 June, sponsored by @mackays_jam & in partnership with #essentialedinburgh, including #Paddington2, #Casablanca, #Ghostbusters, #TheIncredibles & much more! #edfilmfest #filmfestival #outdoorscreening #edinburgh #summer

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

Visit the Edinburgh International Film Festival website.