Edinburgh International Film Festival announces new funding and additional partnerships for 2012

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) today announced additional funding has been secured for the delivery of the 66th edition, alongside a host of new and returning partners for the Festival beginning on the 20 June 2012.

The BFI (British Film Institute) has awarded EIFF £250,000 of Lottery funding. The award will contribute towards the Festival’s core programming and industry events, as well as supporting initiatives to develop new filmmaking talent.

The BFI’s funding commitment accompanies ongoing financial support for the EIFF from both Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

The 2012 EIFF has also received funding from the Scottish Government through the Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund which supports EIFF’s Talent Lab programme; and also through EventScotland which supports a number of elements at the Festival including the Opening Night Gala, KILLER JOE, on Wednesday 20 June.

New support for EIFF 2012 comes from the British Council towards international filmmaker attendance and VisitScotland, contributing towards EIFF’s Closing Night Gala, the European premiere of Disney-Pixar’s BRAVE.

Ken Hay, CEO of Edinburgh International Film Festival, said “We are grateful to all of our partners this year for their on-going support of the Festival. Without the support of both public funders such as the BFI and Creative Scotland, and also of course our corporate partners we simply could not undertake the wide range of programme and events that we do.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, said: "Edinburgh International Film Festival once again promises to deliver a vibrant and diverse programme this year. As last year's impact study showed, the Edinburgh festivals contribute more than £250m in additional tourism revenue to Scotland’s economy. More than that, they promote Scotland's rich culture, heritage and distinct identity on the world stage. It makes strong sense, particularly during the Year of Creative Scotland, to support the Film Festival’s work to cultivate emerging Scottish talent. Through our Expo Fund, the Scottish Government has awarded £150,000 to do exactly that."

Read the full programme for this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival

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