EIFF 2011 Reveals Fresh Format for 65th Programme Launch

The 2011 Edinburgh International Film Festival today (Tuesday 17th May) unveiled a fresh programme mix for its 65th year, packed with screenings, new events, collaborations and innovative film experiences for the city –the first fruits of a plan to invigorate the Festival for modern audiences.

Promising an inclusive celebration of cinema for all, a strong core of diverse new film from Britain and around the globe will this year be part of a broad and engaging programme that includes:

•    Thought-provoking ideas: screenings, debates and events that delve deep into the power of film in areas such as conflict and science

•    Experimental events: 24-hour debates, cinema recreations in public spaces, ‘Cineconcerts’ with live music, and live video game performances

•    Distinctive collaborations: screening the film favourites of some of the most creative minds in film, music and the arts, plus partnerships with the pioneers of the film and digital world

•    Cinema experiences: outdoor screenings in public spaces, gallery exhibitions and even bike powered mobile cinema

Organisers believe that bringing the EIFF’s historic role as a pioneer to the fore and driving a re-think of its format and programme are essential to assure Edinburgh’s place as a leading festival over time.

Over 60 International, European and UK feature premieres continue EIFF’s commitment to showcasing the best new cinema, kicking off on opening night with the UK premiere of John Michael McDonagh’s brilliant Irish comedy-thriller The Guard (starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle) at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre. Other international features include the UK premieres of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s much anticipated directorial debut Jack Goes Boating; Keith Bearden’s entertainingly risqué new film Meet Monica Velour (starring Kim Cattrall); Steven Silver’s true life combat drama The Bang Bang Club (starring Ryan Phillipe) and Paul Fraser’s poignant My Brothers. European highlights include Alex de la Iglesia’s dark and dazzling The Last Circus; Norwegian director Andre Ovredal’s hotly-tipped mock doc The Troll Hunter; Baldvin Zophoníasson’s coming of age feature Jitters, and the European premiere of Pascal Arnold’s and Jean Marc Barr’s American Translation.

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