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The Edinburgh International Film Festival

The Edinburgh International Film Festival: the time when Edinburgh rolls out its red carpets and welcomes a host of celebrities, directors, producers and film moguls to town to celebrate the best of world cinema.

The International Festival of Documentary Films and its evolution

The annual celebration - initially founded as The International Festival of Documentary Films - has been taking place in Edinburgh since 1947, an impressive duration which sees the Festival stake a claim to the title ‘world’s longest continually-running Film Festival.’

The Festival is not only notable for its running duration, but also for its pioneering spirit and dramatic expansion in scope over the years since its inauguration. In the 1950s, the festival broadened its primary focus on documentaries and began to incorporate international fiction films. In 1969, a retrospective component was introduced to the Film Festival structure, an element which is now a customary feature of all film festival programmes. During the 1970’s – and continuing to the present day – the Festival has strengthened its reputation year on year with its varied and engaging offering which places a strong emphasis upon supporting the development of UK film making.

A-list film producers, directors and actors in Edinburgh

Over the years, the Festival has supported both new and emerging talents in the world of film, including Gene Kelly, Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese, Jennifer Lawrence, Tilda Swinton, Tilda Swinton, Eli Roth, Samantha Morton, Thelma Schoomaker and Wang Bing. Blade Runner, Alien, ET, Fish Tank, A Most Wanted Man, Brave, Tabu, Frances Ha, 35 Shots of Rum, Moon, Little Miss Sunshine, Tsotsi, Billy Elliot and Amores Perros are amongst the many films which have premiered during the Festival. With a repertoire of this sort, it’s not hard to imagine why the Film Festival audiences return year upon year!

Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh Summer School

Film Studies and the Edinburgh International Film Festival is one of the Summer School’s most unique offerings. The three week course is designed to provide students with a classroom-based introduction to film criticism, theory and philosophy and then - taking advantage of the university’s proximity to the Film Festival – the opportunity to apply this knowledge at the Film Festival itself. The Student Delegate Pass provided to students will ensure that they have access to a variety of film premieres, press screenings, industry events and public lectures at EIFF, beginning with the Opening Night Gala. Tutorials and workshops will be arranged in order to consolidate each students’ learning experience.

The Film Festival’s 70th birthday is 2016, making it undoubtedly one of the best years yet to visit the event. To make sure you get the very most from the Film Festival, experience it with the Summer School!

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