Artistic Director Mark Adams today (Wednesday 23 May) unveiled details of the programme for the upcoming Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), taking place next month between 20 June to 1 July. This year the Festival will screen around 121 new features, including 21 world premieres, from 48 countries across the globe.
Highlights include the long-anticipated Disney-Pixar animation Incredibles 2, Q&A and ‘in person’ events with guests including the award-winning English writer and director David Hare, the much-loved Welsh comedian Rob Brydon and star of the compelling Gothic drama The Secret of Marrowbone, actor George MacKay, as well as the Opening and Closing Gala premieres of the previously announced Puzzle and Swimming With Men. This year’s People’s Gala will be the World Premiere of Stephen Moyer’s directorial debut, The Parting Glass, starring Melissa Leo, Cynthia Nixon, Denis O’Hare, Anna Paquin (who also produces), Rhys Ifans and Ed Asner. The People’s Gala is supported by Sir Ewan and Lady Brown, and tickets are only £5, offering audiences the opportunity to see a great new film at an accessible price. Stephen Moyer & Anna Paquin will also take part in an ‘in person’ event on Sunday 24 June.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, said: “The Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema, and EventScotland is delighted to be continuing its support of the Festival in 2018 to further enhance its international reputation in 2018. Congratulations to Mark and the team for once again producing a wonderful programme befitting Scotland’s reputation as the perfect stage for events.”
Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director, said: “EIFF prides itself on offering films and events that entertain, challenge, provoke, illuminate and excite and 2018 is no exception! From the best of up-and-coming British filmmakers to striking new cinema from around the world, we offer something for everyone: from rare access to filmmakers, live events to experience and the opportunity to see films that may never appear in the country again. We remain one of the world’s most venerable and acclaimed film festivals and are delighted to be able to offer audiences the chance to see some of the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history.”
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, said: “Over the years, Edinburgh International Film Festival has gained increasing recognition as one of the world’s most acclaimed film festivals, attracting audiences from far and wide. This year’s programme, featuring some of the finest productions from Scotland and across the world, continues to promote international partnerships and collaborations, enhancing Scotland’s profile as the international hub for festival engagement. I am delighted that the Film Festival received £104,000 in 2018 through the Scottish Government Festivals Expo Fund, which has enabled the best new and emerging filmmakers to develop their skills, knowledge and awareness of all stages of the filmmaking process.”
A number of special events will take place throughout the Festival including Jaws in Concert, a screening of Steven Spielberg’s seminal blockbuster with John Williams’ iconic score played live by the RSNO,a screening of the much-loved Local Hero followed by a Q&A with writer director Bill Forsyth in conversation with Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh’s Artistic Director, David Greig as well as an early preview of the upcoming season of the popular BBC Alba series Bannan. Prior to the Festival on 27 May audiences will also have the chance to experience the vampire underworld in EIFF Play: Blade, an immersive cinema experience built around a screening of the trailblazing comic-book adaptation of Blade, in partnership with Hidden Door and The List, in collaboration with New Media Scotland, and supported by Sir Ewan and Lady Brown. Continuing Retrospective Live! – Monterey Pop, DA Pennebaker’s brilliant concert film, will be played as if it were a real live gig as part of Summerhall’s brand new 10-day series, Southern Exposure.
Specially selected to showcase the very best in world cinema for younger audiences and the young at heart, Film Fest Junior boasts two UK Premieres, Vitello and Zombillenium as well as an exclusive preview of Princess Emmy. As previously announced, the Festival’s expanded youth strand, The Young & the Wild will offer a range of masterclasses offering careers advice for filmmakers aged 15-25 years old, along with events and screenings for schools, as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 celebrations and supported by Baillie Gifford. The 2018 EIFF Young Programmers, a group of 15-19 year olds who have curated their own shorts strand, The Young & the Wild, have also selected a number of films within this year’s programme which are badged accordingly in the Festival brochure.
The Festival’s previously announced pop-up outdoor cinema event Film Fest in the City with Mackays (15 – 17 June) will kick off the festivities early, with the 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival running from 20 June – 1 July, 2018.
For more information on this year’s Festival and its full programme visit www.edfilmfest.org.uk.
Tickets go on sale to Filmhouse Members on Wednesday 23 May at 12noon and on sale to the public on Friday 25 May at 10am.