Born alongside Edinburgh's International Festival in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) was one of the world's first international film festivals. Today the EIFF is the longest continually running film festival in the world and screens over 300 films across Edinburgh.
Since its inception the Edinburgh International Film Festival has devoted itself to discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and to embracing, celebrating and debating changes and developments in the global film industry. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to expose the cutting edge of new film talent, in a setting steeped in history.
Notable films premiered in recent years have included: THE HURT LOCKER, MOON, FISHTANK, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, SOMERS TOWN, MAN ON WIRE, WALL-E, CONTROL, KNOCKED UP, RATATOUILLE, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, TSOTSI, BILLY ELLIOT, AMORES PERROS and AMÉLIE.
The Festival moved to June in 2008, defining itself as a film-driven event to rebuild its pre-eminence in the European festival calendar. The EIFF vision is "To be the world's leading film festival of discovery" with a focus on new films, new talent and new technology.