Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara announced this morning at Filmhouse in Edinburgh details of the programme for the 67th edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival. This year the Festival, which runs from 19-30 June, will showcase 146 features from 53 countries, including 14 World premieres, 6 international premieres and 10 European premieres.
The Festival boasts 125 new features. EIFF Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara said: “I’m very proud that in my second year at the Festival we’ve again put together a programme that reflects our festival’s commitment to international cinema, while giving our audiences opportunities to discover a broad range of outstanding work from British filmmakers. This year we take the Festival in a number of new directions. In our new “American Dreams” strand we bring the highlights from an exceptionally good year for American independent cinema. In our Focuses on Korea and Sweden, we recognise films that represent the artistic vitality and social commitment of two strong filmmaking nations. Our “New Realities” strand reaffirms our Festival’s continuing support for documentary filmmaking. And “Not Another Teen Movie” is a new section programmed by 15-19-year-olds for their peers. Altogether, our programme is filled with films that I’m sure our audiences will find exciting and inspiring.”
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “The Edinburgh International Film Festival is a highlight on our cultural events calendar, and is one of the signature events that contribute to Scotland’s reputation as the perfect stage for events. The festival showcases Scotland’s standing in the arts world to international industry, media and guests and the strength of the 2013 programme is certainly worthy of acclaim.
The Edinburgh festivals deliver a significant economic impact for Scotland each year and the Film Festival is very much part of that, with visitors coming from all over the world to experience the best of global film culture.”
British films competing for the Michael Powell Award include 7 World premieres and 6 feature debuts. The Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film will be awarded from films within the Michael Powell selection. The International Feature Film Competition includes a selection of live-action narrative films, animated
films and documentaries, highlighting filmmaking from around the world that is imaginative, innovative and deserving of wider recognition.
EIFF is privileged to welcome to Edinburgh one of the world’s greatest animators, Richard Williams, to celebrate his work with a retrospective, RICHARD WILLIAMS: 80 ANIMATED YEARS. This screening is in partnership with Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival and charts the development of Williams’s animated career. Williams will also present the coveted McLaren Award, which provides a focus for new British short animation. This year marks a new partnership with the British Council, which will see films selected from the McLaren Award competition for an international touring programme representing the best contemporary British animation.
The Directors’ Showcase presents work from established auteur directors and emerging talents with 23 films from 17 countries.
The World Perspectives strand presents 25 films from 18 countries, offering a spectrum of work from emerging directors.
With New Realities, EIFF features some of the most interesting documentary filmmakers working today. Filmmakers and filmmaking is the subject of the Film on Film strand.
EIFF will this year screen 172 short films from 38 countries across 22 programmes. In addition to animated shorts the Festival continues to showcase new work by Scottish, UK and international filmmakers. The experimental Black Box strand presents a series of shorts programmes from innovators in the visual art world as well as the World premiere of documentary poem and travelogue ‘10’ from photographer filmmaker Telemach Wiesinger.
The first of the retrospectives previously announced will celebrate the work of French director Jean Grémillon with a programme of features and short films in partnership with the BFI, while the second, presented as part of a wider programme running at Filmhouse, recognises the Hollywood director Richard Fleischer.
A new initiative this year has seen a group of 15-19-year-olds with a keen interest in film select films under the mentorship of the Festival.
The 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival opens with the European premiere of Drake Doremus’s BREATHE IN with Felicity Jones and Guy Pearce and the Closing Gala is the World premiere of the Scottish romantic comedy NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING, starring Karen Gillan and Stanley Weber. Disney•Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY is this year’s Family Gala, screening at Festival Theatre Edinburgh in 3D.