The 69th edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) drew to a close on Sunday night having screened 134 new features over the 12 day Festival. More than 50,000 admissions represent a nine per cent increase on 2014. An additional 14,600 people enjoyed the Festival’s two weekends of outdoor screenings, as part of Film in the City.
The Festival sold tickets for its venues across the city, which included the EIFF’s home at Filmhouse, its venue partner Cineworld, and at Festival Theatre Edinburgh, the Traverse, Dominion Cinema, Odeon Lothian Road, Royal Lyceum Theatre and Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen.
Ken Hay, CEO Edinburgh International Film Festival, commented; “There have been some truly memorable moments at the Festival this year, from the spectacular opening night World Premiere of THE LEGEND OF BARNEY THOMSON, Ewan McGregor’s sold out In Person at the Lyceum, the skype Q&A with the stars of our Documentary Award Winning Film THE WOLFPACK, the sensational screening of BACK TO THE FUTURE with the RSNO performing the score live, and the opportunity to meet filmmaking legends, Haskell Wexler and Johnnie To. Our audiences have obviously responded to our rich and diverse programme and we are thrilled to see the increase in admissions.”
Winning films this year included Andrew Haigh’s 45 YEARS which picked up The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film, THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL won the Award for Best Film in the International Competition and THE WOLFPACK was presented with the Award for Best Documentary Feature which received its European Premiere at the Festival. The Audience Award was won by BIG GOLD DREAM: SCOTTISH POST-PUNK AND INFILTRATING THE MAINSTREAM.