Edinburgh Film Festival is celebrating a hugely successful 70th edition of the Festival which saw record audience numbers, an array of high profile talent from around the globe in attendance and widespread support across the city.
This year the Festival showcased over 160 features and 13 shorts from 55 countries and included 22 World Premieres, 5 International Premieres, 17 European Premieres and 85 UK Premieres reaching 51,947 Festival goers across the 12-day period, and an additional 9,000 people enjoying the Festival's weekend of outdoor screenings, as part of Film Fest in the City. More than 500 filmmakers were in attendance this year to support their films, with close to 300 press delegates and over 600 industry delegates also present.
Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director said:" It has been a wonderful Festival brimming with terrific films, amazing guests and memorable events. The fact that both press and public have been so enthusiastic and supportive means that our 70th edition has been a hit. We now look forward to another exciting year of planning for the 2017 Festival."
Ken Hay, CEO Edinburgh International Film Festival, added “EIFF is unashamedly international and outward-looking in its programming and its reach, with 55 countries represented in the programme, guests from almost 40 countries, and a truly multi-national team delivering the event. We’re delighted that audiences and guests have responded so positively to the programme and the broader Festival experience, and are thrilled to see an increase in admissions.”
As previously announced winning films this year included Ben Sharrock’s PIKADERO, awarded the prestigious Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film; Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ SUNTAN which won the Award for Best Film in the International Competitions and Johan Grimonprez’s SHADOW WORLD which took home the Award for the Best Documentary Feature. The Audience Award was won by Taika Waititi’s HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE.