Edinburgh International Film Festival

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Menzies Campbell at the Edinburgh International Film Festival
John Waters at the Edinburgh International Film Festival

The Edinburgh International Film Festival ( EIFF ) is an annual film festival in Edinburgh , at which films are shown over two weeks in June with an additional supporting program. It was launched in 1947, making it the world's oldest non-stop film festival. The EIFF caters to the premieres of British and international films and also shows the work of filmmakers.

Origin and range

The first Edinburgh International Film Festival showed documentaries and was organized by the Edinburgh Film Guild . It took place at the same time as the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), which takes place in August each year, in 1947 . Back then, the main annual film festivals were the Cannes International Film Festival and the Venice International Film Festival . In the years that followed, the program was expanded to include feature films and experimental works. Today the EIFF shows full-length feature films and documentaries as well as short films , cartoons and music videos . Since 2008 the festival has taken place in June and no longer in August.

A jury awards the Michael Powell Award for the best new British feature film. The audience can vote for the Standard Life Audience Award and a jury will award the Skillset New Directors Award . There are also some prizes awarded to short films. For British films, only those that premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival will be shown. In addition, premieres of European and other international films are shown.

The artistic director of the festival from September 2006 to 2010 was Hannah McGill, who was previously a film critic and cinema columnist for the Glasgow newspaper The Herald . Her predecessor was the film critic Shane Danielsen from 2002 to 2006.

In the past, Sean Connery , Tilda Swinton , Robert Carlyle and Seamus McGarvey were patrons of the festival.

In December 2009, Hannah McGill received the Talkback Thames' prestigious New Talent Award at the Women in Film and Television Awards . After Hannah McGill relinquished artistic direction of the festival, a new format was introduced for the festival: there has been no artistic direction since then, but a number of guest curators under the direction of film producer James Mullighan .


The festival's main venues are the Edinburgh Filmhouse , which was once the EIFF's organizing partner, the Cameo , Fountainpark Cineworld , Edinburgh Festival Theater and the Dominion Cinema . Some events have been held at the Sheraton Hotel, Traverse Theater , The Caves, and various other venues in recent years . The Glasgow Film Theater and Renfrew St Cineworld were also shown in Glasgow . However, the festival has not held any film screenings in Glasgow since 2005.

There are proposals to build a new film house in Edinburgh based on a design by architect Richard Murphy . This would be called Sean Connery Filmhouse. It would be close to the existing film house and with its larger capacity would be the future home of the festival.

Film categories and event series

  • Gala - New international, full-length feature film productions with a well-known actor or director
  • British Gala - New British full-length feature film productions with a well-known British actor or director
  • Rosebud - Full evening feature film productions made outside of the UK and a director's first or second work.
  • Directors' Showcase - Here films by an accomplished director are put in the spotlight.
  • Night Moves - horror and action films - either independent films or productions from countries whose films are rarely shown worldwide
  • Document - Documentaries (short or full-length)
  • Retrospective - films by a great director that many people may not have seen on the big screen before.
  • Black Box - Abstract or Artistic Films
  • Mirrorball - Music videos and documentaries related to music.
  • In person - live interviews on the podium with important personalities of the film industry
  • Under The Radar - Films That Take a Risk (introduced in 2008 in response to John Waters' participation in the festival).

Web links

Commons : Edinburgh Festival  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Scotland Hosts the World's Longest Running Film Festival. In: Scotland Channel. Retrieved April 15, 2010 .
  2. ^ Edinburgh International Film Festival. In: Edinburgh-History.co.uk. Retrieved April 15, 2010 .
  3. ^ Gillian Bowditch: Hannah McGill: The Glamor Girl of the Pictures. In: The Sunday Times . May 17, 2009.
  4. Shane Danielson: Five Years' Hard Labor of Love. (No longer available online.) In: The Times . August 10, 2006, formerly in the original ; Retrieved October 23, 2012 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / cma.staging-thetimes.co.uk  
  5. ^ Tim Cornwell: Oscar Nominee is Edinburgh Film Festival's Latest Patron. In: The Scotsman . April 28, 2009.
  6. ^ EIFF Artistic Director Hannah McGill Wins Award at Women in Film and Television Awards. In: Filmhouse. December 4, 2009, accessed October 23, 2012 .
  7. ^ Brian Ferguson: Film Festival promises big changes as new producer is announced. In: The Scotsman . December 22, 2010, accessed October 23, 2012 .